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    BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    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!



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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    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.



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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

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



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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    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.



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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    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.


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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino3382 View Post
    Unpopular opinion of mine. Jethros sucks and smokey d's blows it out of the water
    I wouldn't say it sucks, but for me it is definitely meh...

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


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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino3382 View Post
    Unpopular opinion of mine. Jethros sucks and smokey d's blows it out of the water
    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.



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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino3382 View Post
    Unpopular opinion of mine. Jethros sucks and smokey d's blows it out of the water
    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.



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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    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.



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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

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



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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

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



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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    Quote Originally Posted by DollaDollaBill View Post
    Jethros wings are amazing. Other than that, i agree it's pretty meh
    Where Jethros really shines is Sunday morning breakfast. Great stuff and a damn good (spicey) Bloody Mary.


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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

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


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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    Quote Originally Posted by ClonesTwentyOne View Post
    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.
    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.


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    Re: BBQ Pitmasters (Ponderosa BBQ)

    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.


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