BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

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  1. cyinne

    cyinne Active Member

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    Over the Memorial Weekend a few weeks ago I stumbled across a channel on Directv- Destination America (286). They had a show on there called BBQ Pitmasters- I have been hooked on that show ever since. Its a cooking competition show where 3 pitmasters cook stuff on their pit and the best of the 3 move on to the next round.

    There is a guy on that show that is a judge this season, Moe Cason, and he owns and runs Ponderosa Barbecue out of Des Moines. Until this show, I have never heard of it before. Share if you have heard of, or have had his bbq before. He is one big man!
     
  2. Farnsworth

    Farnsworth Well-Known Member

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    Ya I remember the original episode he was on. He lost, but was entertaining. IIRC he only did catering jobs in Des Moines, not an actual restaurant.

    That show has changed formats a few times as well. Now it's 3 cooks going head to head, but it used to be a season long tournament. Smokey D's won one of the early seasons.
     
  3. rhino3382

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    Unpopular opinion of mine. Jethros sucks and smokey d's blows it out of the water
     
  4. MaccloNe

    MaccloNe Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what you get. I prefer Jethro's brisket sandwich. Ton of tender meat compared to SD's which is sliced too thick and can be a little tough.
     
  5. ClonesTwentyOne

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    I eat Jethro's every now and then...Not that impressed with it, but it can be good drunk food. I usually get brisket. Don't eat pork....But to be quite honest the best Brisket sandwich I've had is from Back Alley SmokeHouse, A little smoke house joint in Carlisle.
     
  6. AmesHawk

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    I wouldn't say it sucks, but for me it is definitely meh...

    You are correct that Smokey D's is much better.
     
  7. intrepid27

    intrepid27 Well-Known Member

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    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who is less than impressed with Jethros. I've eaten there twice. Had ribs once and brisket the other time. Both were tough.
     
  8. dmclone

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    I think most people that have eaten at the two would admit that Smokey D's is better. With that said, I wouldn't say Jethros sucks.

    It's kind of like comparing Jack Stack to Oklahoma Joe's.
     
  9. wxman1

    wxman1 Well-Known Member

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    Never had Smokey D's but I don't doubt it is better. Jethros has a much bigger product offering though from the sounds of it which is a plus to me.
     
  10. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    Jethros has some good appetizers as well as some good drinks.
     
  11. DollaDollaBill

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    Jethros wings are amazing. Other than that, i agree it's pretty meh
     
  12. AmesHawk

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    Where Jethros really shines is Sunday morning breakfast. Great stuff and a damn good (spicey) Bloody Mary.
     
  13. mcblogerson

    mcblogerson Well-Known Member

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    Jethros BBQ Rub wings are some of the best wings ever.
     
  14. Cyclones_R_GR8

    Cyclones_R_GR8 Well-Known Member

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    I've tried Jethro's twice after hearing people rave about them on this board.
    The two times I thought it was pretty good but It makes me think that if John Taffer started a BBQ place this would be it.
    I have stopped at Smoky D's a few times. So far I can't complain. One thing though, if you feel you have to warn people that you put horseradish in your potato salad then just stop doing it.
     
  15. Mr Janny

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    I'll agree that Jethro's meat is not their best offering. It's good, but nothing great. Where they shine is with their wings, as has been mentioned, and their sides. Their sides beat most other places easily.

    And I'll also agree on their breakfast. It's fantastic, plentiful, and relatively cheap. Definitely worth a try.
     
  16. 3TrueFans

    3TrueFans Well-Known Member

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    I had Smoky D's for the first time at a grad party last week and it was deeeelicious.
     
  17. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Well-Known Member

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    We ate at Jethro's once. Mediocre food, and AWFUL service. :rolleyes:
     
  18. Wallacelantz

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    Big Mo from ponderosa BBQ was set up last weekend in des moines at collectimania. It was pretty good. I had brisket sandwhich, two sides, and a soda for $9.
     
  19. Gonzo

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    For pulled pork, I'll take Woody's.
     
  20. chuckd4735

    chuckd4735 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah as far as taste, Smokey D's is much much better. If I'm choosing between thew two places to watch a game, I pick Jethros every time.
     

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