Ladies and gentlemen, whip out your bibs because the Texas Ranger is in town: Death by BBQ (DBB) is a new delivery service that sends over slowly cooked meat while you tweet about the latest controversy from your couch. No, this is not that kind of roast.
One of the consultant cooks in this nosh pit is Gracian A’rky De Souza, who manned the kitchen at The Tasting Room a few years ago. Here he puts together a short menu, specialising in a few cuts and never more. For DBB, it’s pork spare ribs, beef short ribs, pork butt and whole chickens, which can all be ordered in either half or full portions. Rather than sticking to one school of barbeque, the DBB folks have borrowed a bit from each.
And for the finale, let’s bring out the pulled pork, a combination of well smoked and shredded pork butt, that’s been seasoned and sauced just the right amount so as not to overpower the aromas of apple and hickory wood.
Their spare ribs are made Kansas style, characterised by a good house sauce that nicely balances tart tomato and brown sugar, with a hint of heat and savoury spice. The ribs are caramelised and crusty, juicy and tender, exhibiting the perfect smoke rings (these pink rings form just under the meat’s caramelised crust and are the mark of true barbeque unadulterated by essence or smoking liquids). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of beef short ribs (made Memphis style using a dry rub or seasoning), where the meat could have done with a few more hours of cooking, allowing the tough connective tissues to break down further. The chicken is easily one of the juiciest birds we’ve eaten in a long time and beats most rotisserie or roast chickens across city menus. And for the finale, let’s bring out the pulled pork, a combination of well smoked and shredded pork butt, that’s been seasoned and sauced just the right amount so as not to overpower the aromas of apple and hickory wood, and is bejewelled with little crispy bits of crackling. Slap this between two slices of bread and you’ll still find yourself eating better than any other pulled pork burger in town.
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But for all the praise we marinate the meat in, sadly, the sides (potato salad, mac ‘n’ cheese and baked beans) are bland, dull and barely merit a mention. Their lard fries did get us curious, but the thought of them going soggy during delivery is yucky.
And so we’ll raise our Kentucky bourbon glasses and drink to Death by BBQ going the whole hog shortly. In fact, we'd love to see a full pig on their grill soon.
Getting there: Free delivery from Bandra to Juhu, a minimum order of Rs 1,000 anywhere else in the city. Pick up from off Carter Road, Bandra (W), call 8291381008 / 8291381009, meal for two is approximately Rs 1,500.
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This review was conducted by Auroni Mookerjee, copywriter and founder/ chef of Grandma Mookerjee’s Kitchen.
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