Saturday, March 12, 2011
Yes, I really ate all that ... and savoured every calorific bite.
I love good BBQ, but it's hard to find around these parts. So when my friend Bonita suggested we hit Buster Rhino's Southern BBQ in Whitby, ON for one of their menu sampling days I jumped at the chance. B had already been to one, and her descriptions of candied bacon, smoky ribs, and tender brisket had me positively drooling. Such events at Buster Rhino's are few and far between so we signed up for this one weeks ago, knowing it was a hot ticket.
Darryl Koster, the proprietor, knows BBQ. His family is from South Carolina, and he's not about injecting Jack Daniels into his meat, or dousing it with BBQ sauce (Although he does make a damn fine one.). No, he prefers to use rubs to bring out the flavour of the meat itself, which is evident when you taste it. For Darryl it's all about low and slow cooking, using charcoal and cherry wood. And the smokiness of the cherry wood is infused into everything, the flavour lingering long after you've taken your last bite.
On to the food, all eight courses' worth.
We start with Bacon Jam, a decadent spread made with figs, coffee, chipotle, bittersweet chocolate, and of course lots of bacon. Spread on crackers, it's the perfect amuse bouche to get us excited about what's to come.
On to my choice for best course of the day -- and that's the beef brisket slider (pictured at top). The meat is so tender it's ridiculous. And though I'm glad it's a miniature (I'm starting to get full...imagine that), I'll most definitely return for the full-sized version. Creamy potato salad is the perfect side dish.
bacon pecan brittle. Is there anything bacon can't improve? It is the wonder food.
Several hearty rounds of applause later, Darryl and his hard-working crew bid their enthusiastic, satiated diners adieu. Smiles all around, as they know we'll all be back. And soon.