Update: More B&C BBQ

February 12, 2010

B&C Melrose BBQ
2617 Franklin Pk #112
Nashville, TN 37204

For the Saints’ victorious Super Bowl, the host of our party ordered pulled chicken (8.5/lb) , pulled pork (7.5/lb), and beef brisket (10.5/lb)–a pound each, along with some sides.  An hour or so before the game, the food was ordered, while some provisions were picked up from Kroger.  All of the food was neatly packaged in circular plastic containers.  The three ordered meats were enough for eight people, all of whom had at least two sandwiches, and some had three servings.  The overall consensus was a thumbs up for the food.  Everyone noted the easiness and affordability of catering from B&C.  There was particular enthusiasm for the hot bbq–as opposed to the milder version and the honey mustard sauce, which was still in an experimental phase.

For me, the meats had varying degrees of dryness.  I preferred the pulled pork the most.  With the hot sauce the sandwich was good, but not great. The brisket was tender, but could have used more time in the pit to develop the smokiness and crust.  My favorite side dish was the baked beans.  They had a great, peculiar taste to them, perhaps a hint of Sriracha hot sauce (but don’t quote me on that).  I recall some pizza-flavored grits, but that just sounded like Cool Ranch Doritos further chemically morphed into grit form.  The others grits were garlic-cheese grits, which were rich and well-balanced.   Every day B&C offers different grits, which seem to have a drier, more polenta-like consistency than breakfast grits.  My other primary side was cerveza, but we shouldn’t hold B&C accountable for that.

After keeping tabs on people’s B&C experience, my guess is:  folks will cater or dine with B&C if they’re in the Melrose neighborhood or if they’re looking for a super affordable option.  The food didn’t generate enough excitement for it to be a bbq destination.  It’s a good neighborhood option that seems to be quite consistent in what it offers.

B&C will always be special to me: its bbq is my madeleine for a Who-Dat victory!


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