Archive for July, 2010

Double T’s BBQ

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Double T’s BBQ
415 N Hickory Rd
South Bend, IN 46615
(574) 251-9500

Good Food : 4/5 | Good Service : 4/5

Since the changes and corporate ownership shuffling of the Smokey Bones BBQ restaurant several years ago, the hubbie and I have been on the prowl for a good local BBQ place in the South Bend/Mishawaka area. We recently tried the re-born Smokey Bones menu, but were sorely disappointed by the new ‘hip-bar’ re-incarnation.

Being in the South Bend area recently, we stopped by Double T’s BBQ after a local web search of BBQ places. The place is simply decorated, with several TV’s in the dining area, which is sprinkled with basic tables and chairs. The food order setup is counter-order, where you place your order at the front counter/cashier & it is brought out to your table or picked up when your number is called (depending on how busy the place is).

We tried 2 pork dinners on our first visit – the pork ribs and the pulled pork sandwich. The pork dinner came with 5 large pork ribs, and the pulled pork portion was very generous under the single slice of white/Wonder-type bread. Dinners come with 2 sides – we ordered the seasoned red potatoes, cole slaw, fries and mac-n-cheese. Service was very quick as we arrived at the end of the day (9:15pm for a 10pm close) & were the only customers.

The ribs were not quite ‘fall off the bone’ but had definitely been cooked for a long time and boasted that elusive pink smoke ring. Each rib was about 8 inches long and came with a good amount of surrounding rib meat. The pulled pork was soft and melted in your mouth.

The second visit was in the early afternoon, and we had the smoked beef brisket and chicken this time. The brisket was like the ribs – melt in your mouth beef slices slathered in your choice of sauce. The chicken half was slow smoked, and was very moist even in the breast area.

Our only complaints were the sides – the coleslaw and fries were nothing spectacular (KFC-type sweet coleslaw and fries which had been sitting under a heat lamp all night during our first visit, fresh fried during the second visit), neither was the mac-n-cheese. However the seasoned red potatoes were a definite thumbs-up – red potatoes halves seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic. The portions of the sides were also a bit small, coming in small 1.5 inch takeout condiment plastic containers.

The boast of Double T’s is their BBQ sauce – it’s handmade and comes in 3 heat levels – mild, medium and hot. We got the medium with the ribs, chicken and the pulled pork & beef brisket came with the mild. The mild is slightly sweet, and the medium is surprisingly spicy with a definite heat.

Double T’s also does catering, and the takeout menu lists the full list of items available.