Bar B Que Express

★★★★☆

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6-27-09
BBQ Express of Folsom
Located in a tiny business complex, easy to spot off of Folsom-Auburn rd with a 20?? trailer smoke rig sitting out side. BBQ Express is a simple store front type restaurant, only 4 tables to sit at if your plan isn??t take out. Not much ambiance, but heck your not here for entertainment, you are after genuine Q.

The menu offers typical BBQ meats, Spare Ribs, Hot Links, Chicken, Tri-Tip. The sides are more typical BBQ fare, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw, Bake Beans, Green Beans, Collard Greens. The menu offers either two or three way Combo Plates with choice of 2 sides, or Sandwiches. Prices are about right $15 for 3 way Combo with 2 sides. Noticeably missing from the menu:
Brisket, they sell Tri-Tip instead, Pulled Pork. I bothered to ask when is the best time to come in, as in ??when is the meat coming out of the smoker?? The friendly attendant, said anytime, due to BBQ Express??s catering business the Q meats are usually not more than a few hours out of the smoker, stored at 180deg.

So does the BBQ Express deliver the ??Q??
My wife ordered the Two Combo, with Chicken and Ribs, sides were Macaroni Salad, potato salad. I ordered a 3 way with Ribs, Hot Links, and Tri-Tip, side were Baked Beans, Cole slaw, and an extra side of Green Beans.

The Ribs: Ribs were served dry, with 3 sauces to kick em up, sweet, mild, hot. Unfortunately, the dry spare ribs were too tough and the flavor was really lacking so the sauces were a welcome taste booster. My wife thought they were too tough and chewy. I thought the rub wasn??t very good besides being tough, too much meat stuck to the bone, possibly the ribs should have probably smoked another hour. The smoky flavor real came though through. These ribs could have been finished off on a grill and sauce added to deliver an extra layer of flavor, but BBQ Express simply stores in warmers and served the ribs direct to the table.

The Chicken: There usually is one problem with smoked chicken, the skin doesn??t get very crisp, unless another step is added to cook over a grill and get that nice crisp skin. Like the ribs, no sauce just smoked chicken. The chicken was done unlike the ribs, nice and tender, we tore off the rubbery skin and poked away at the tender smoky flavored meat.

The Tri-Tip: My wife thought the slices of Tri-tip were intended for sandwiches and that is really what BBQ Express does well. My honey may be right, but the Tri-tip like the other meats was dry and really needed sauce to make Tri-Tip a good eat. Tri-Tip fresh off the grill when seasoned and cooked correctly is a very juicy sucullent piece of meat. We do Tri-Tip 3 or 4 times a month and none of our family of five ??all college age? miss those dinners. Unfortunately the BBQ-Exp. turned the Tri-Tip into just another piece of meat.

The Hot Links: Both my wife and I like the hotlinks, lots of flavor and not dried out.

Sides: BBQ Beans were decent, there was a strong smoky flavor and I enjoyed each spoon of em. I had to look hard to find the Macaroni Salad, my wife had eaten most of it. Sometimes simple is better and the Mac salad had just enough onions and a bit of extras to make it good, not over saturated with a lot of ingredients just simple and good. The green beans, had a big junk of pork fat sitting on top, I??m not sure if the presentation added anything, though the beans had some good flavor, they were mushy, as in sitting in a warmer way to long. Cold Slaw is a take it or leave it for a lot of people, I like a good slaw, but prefer crisp fresh flavors with a light flavorful coating. I do not like a pile of cabbage and carrots drowning in juice. You guessed it the slaw was a pile of drowned cabbage.

Honestly the BBQ Express of Folsom does not deliver the Q most people are looking for. BBQ-Exp. suffers like most BBQ joints that do not have huge daily crowds consuming the meat in order the meat is always served relatively fresh from the smoker. Thus the problem comes down to managing the storage of smoked meats and delivering a hot fresh tasting smoke Q to the table. BBQ Express doesn??t do anything extra to liven up the meat that may have been sitting 5 to 8 hours before you eat it.

Some Pros :
Service, I liked my friendly cashier/server/attendant, he was helpful and eager to please.
The restaurant is clean, and even though you get that great smoked Q smell when you go through the door, everything is clean and fresh smelling.
The portion size was HUGH, you will not leave hungry.

I think the attendant said, BBQ Express had been open 12 years. Good friendly service, with heaping plates of mediocre food, is enough to keep most restaurants afloat, the BBQ Express is a fine example of this principle.

3
★★★☆☆

6-27-09
BBQ Express of Folsom
Located in a tiny business complex, easy to spot off of Folsom-Auburn rd with a 20?? trailer smoke rig sitting out side. BBQ Express is a simple store front type restaurant, only 4 tables to sit at if your plan isn??t take out. Not much ambiance, but heck your not here for entertainment, you are after genuine Q.

The menu offers typical BBQ meats, Spare Ribs, Hot Links, Chicken, Tri-Tip. The sides are more typical BBQ fare, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw, Bake Beans, Green Beans, Collard Greens. The menu offers either two or three way Combo Plates with choice of 2 sides, or Sandwiches. Prices are about right $15 for 3 way Combo with 2 sides. Noticeably missing from the menu:
Brisket, they sell Tri-Tip instead, Pulled Pork. I bothered to ask when is the best time to come in, as in ??when is the meat coming out of the smoker?? The friendly attendant, said anytime, due to BBQ Express??s catering business the Q meats are usually not more than a few hours out of the smoker, stored at 180deg.

So does the BBQ Express deliver the ??Q??
My wife ordered the Two Combo, with Chicken and Ribs, sides were Macaroni Salad, potato salad. I ordered a 3 way with Ribs, Hot Links, and Tri-Tip, side were Baked Beans, Cole slaw, and an extra side of Green Beans.

The Ribs: Ribs were served dry, with 3 sauces to kick em up, sweet, mild, hot. Unfortunately, the dry spare ribs were too tough and the flavor was really lacking so the sauces were a welcome taste booster. My wife thought they were too tough and chewy. I thought the rub wasn??t very good besides being tough, too much meat stuck to the bone, possibly the ribs should have probably smoked another hour. The smoky flavor real came though through. These ribs could have been finished off on a grill and sauce added to deliver an extra layer of flavor, but BBQ Express simply stores in warmers and served the ribs direct to the table.

The Chicken: There usually is one problem with smoked chicken, the skin doesn??t get very crisp, unless another step is added to cook over a grill and get that nice crisp skin. Like the ribs, no sauce just smoked chicken. The chicken was done unlike the ribs, nice and tender, we tore off the rubbery skin and poked away at the tender smoky flavored meat.

The Tri-Tip: My wife thought the slices of Tri-tip were intended for sandwiches and that is really what BBQ Express does well. My honey may be right, but the Tri-tip like the other meats was dry and really needed sauce to make Tri-Tip a good eat. Tri-Tip fresh off the grill when seasoned and cooked correctly is a very juicy sucullent piece of meat. We do Tri-Tip 3 or 4 times a month and none of our family of five ??all college age? miss those dinners. Unfortunately the BBQ-Exp. turned the Tri-Tip into just another piece of meat.

The Hot Links: Both my wife and I like the hotlinks, lots of flavor and not dried out.

Sides: BBQ Beans were decent, there was a strong smoky flavor and I enjoyed each spoon of em. I had to look hard to find the Macaroni Salad, my wife had eaten most of it. Sometimes simple is better and the Mac salad had just enough onions and a bit of extras to make it good, not over saturated with a lot of ingredients just simple and good. The green beans, had a big junk of pork fat sitting on top, I??m not sure if the presentation added anything, though the beans had some good flavor, they were mushy, as in sitting in a warmer way to long. Cold Slaw is a take it or leave it for a lot of people, I like a good slaw, but prefer crisp fresh flavors with a light flavorful coating. I do not like a pile of cabbage and carrots drowning in juice. You guessed it the slaw was a pile of drowned cabbage.

Honestly the BBQ Express of Folsom does not deliver the Q most people are looking for. BBQ-Exp. suffers like most BBQ joints that do not have huge daily crowds consuming the meat in order the meat is always served relatively fresh from the smoker. Thus the problem comes down to managing the storage of smoked meats and delivering a hot fresh tasting smoke Q to the table. BBQ Express doesn??t do anything extra to liven up the meat that may have been sitting 5 to 8 hours before you eat it.

Some Pros :
Service, I liked my friendly cashier/server/attendant, he was helpful and eager to please.
The restaurant is clean, and even though you get that great smoked Q smell when you go through the door, everything is clean and fresh smelling.
The portion size was HUGH, you will not leave hungry.

I think the attendant said, BBQ Express had been open 12 years. Good friendly service, with heaping plates of mediocre food, is enough to keep most restaurants afloat, the BBQ Express is a fine example of this principle.

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I've gone to this restaurant for many years and I can't say that I've ever been dissappointed. When our friends and family come from out of town. We always order food from BBQ Express. You're talking about ribs that you can suck off the bone and Tri-Tip that will melt in your mouth. They also have a sauce to die for. I've been trying to get the secret recipe, but unfortunately they won't share. Oh, I don't want to forget to mention their coleslaw. Whatever they put in it, it's the bomb. My mouth is watering right now.

If you want some real BBQ, try them. I don't think you can go wrong.

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I've gone to this restaurant for many years and I can't say that I've ever been dissappointed. When our friends and family come from out of town. We always order food from BBQ Express. You're talking about ribs that you can suck off the bone and Tri-Tip that will melt in your mouth. They also have a sauce to die for. I've been trying to get the secret recipe, but unfortunately they won't share. Oh, I don't want to forget to mention their coleslaw. Whatever they put in it, it's the bomb. My mouth is watering right now.

If you want some real BBQ, try them. I don't think you can go wrong.

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