Monday, 21 July 2014

Jack’s Bar-B-Que

Jack's BBQ, Nashville TN
Jack's  Bar-B-Que, Nashville TN
The notes I took about Jack’s Bar-B-Que when I did my research were “look’s a bit like a chain.  Might be a good model to emulate, however.” Wrong.

There was nothing about Jack’s worth modeling. The line was out the door to order at the counter. The person taking the order was the one filling the meat order, so incredibly inefficient.

I ordered the three meat sampler of beef brisket, pork ribs and smoked chicken – the most expensive meat dish. Each selection was very small and the whole of the meat portions was less than had I ordered a plate of any one of these meats. My protestations went nowhere – I was scowled at. I then went down the line to get my sides, all of them looking very, very sad and lifeless. I settled on some sort of pickled vegetables. They sat mostly untouched. I regrettably paid for my order, took my drink glass and found a table for one – wifey wisely opted to eat across the street at Merchants.

Jack's Bar-B-Que Alabama combo platter
Jack's Bar-B-Que Alabama combo platter
The good news is that the smoked chicken was pretty moist with decent flavour, and a few of the six sauces they offered were ok. I was curious to taste the Alabama combo of smoked chicken and white BBQ sauce, which is mostly mayo. It was ok; I am guessing it’s much better in Alabama.

Everything else was an abomination. The ribs had no flavor. The brisket, with a nice pink smoke ring, had been exposed to their inferior smoker for so long the outside tasted of gasoline.  Their iced tea was terrible.  And clearly their staff hated working there.

Jack’s Bar-B-Que is not only a place to miss, but a place to avoid at all costs. Do NOT let anyone even try to convince you to eat here.  Jack’s is a sad, sad place.

416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 254-5715

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