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The Hick'ry Pit's ribs are the best thing ever

The Hick'ry Pit's ribs are the best thing ever

This week we take a look at one of my all-time favorite spots for delcious meats!

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Look, I'll admit that I'm more than just a bit bias when it comes to my adoration of the Hickory Pit in Walnut Creek, CA. You see, I've been going there pretty much my entire existence. It is a restaurant me and my family are quite familiar with. It's a small little BBQ/diner spot that's been around since 1958 and it's still kicking, thank goodness! If my mom and grandpa are to be trusted, my great-great grandfater even built the original smoker that the Hickory Pit uses to cook their signature selections of meats. And while they have plenty to offer, let's be real:, this place is all about the ribs.

I can't really speak to the concept of whether or not it's because I grew up with them that I love these ribs so much, but I can say that I've shown the place to several of my friends and they've all become believers. First off, the ribs themselves taste excellent, even before you sauce them up. You can taste the smokiness of the hickory on the flesh of each perfectly cooked rib. I've never, not once, had a single over or undercooked rib from the Hickory Pit, each one is somehow perfect. These babies are the real deal and chock-full of flavor.

For an extra kick, your order of ribs comes with one of two house sauces: The brown sauce is, which is the HIckory Pit's signature sauce., Or you could opt for the red sauce, which has more of a spicy, zangy, kick to it. I'm personally more of a red sauce feella myself. It's just got more of what I look for in a sauce as the brown sauce just doesn't have as much umph.

Kids menus are turns into works of art for the menus. I was never good enough to make menu status before aging out of the competition.

I'm not a big fan of Walnut Creek in general, but the Hickory Pit Has brought me back to the city an number of times throguhout the years and the ribs have always been worth it. Be sure to grab some and try them yourselves if you ever find yourself in the neighborhood! 

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    August 23, 2021 1:56 AM

    The best ribs in the world are somehow in Walnut Creek, CA

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      August 23, 2021 2:19 AM

      I has been a long time since I've eaten at the Hick Pit, it changed owners some time ago in the past and wasn't the same, but the pies are pretty good. Next time head a little bit North to the corner of S Main and Newell, right on the corner is George's Giant Hamburgers, they make one of the best ever.

      https://www.georgesgianthamburger.com/

      You can also head farther North to Pleasant Hill and hit up Back 40 BBQ at the corner of Buskirk and Coggins, it fits that family style restaurant BBQ joint.

      https://backforty.us/

      You can always get a good old cheesesteak, probably the closest you will ever get to full authentic out here on the West coast, at The Philly Cheesesteak Shop. They have a bunch of locations.

      https://www.cheesesteakshop.com/walnut-creek/





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        August 23, 2021 10:42 AM

        I'm quite familiar with all these spots. George's was a staple in my high school days. But Back 40 has never done it for me. Their ribs just aren't as good IMHO. And my best friend used to work at that cheesesteak shop, so I used to get the hookup there all the time.

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          August 23, 2021 12:18 PM

          Back 40 was better when there were on the other side of the freeway when they were in that little strip mall but honestly ever since I got a smoker there has been no need to go there anymore and BBQ ain't cheap!

          Cheesesteaks! I had SO MANY full stamp cards in my wallet but it seems the original owners have sold the franchise to a new group and they did away with the stamp cards, I had about a dozen free cheesesteaks in my wallet. Oh well, I still eat there, they are sooo good.

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      August 23, 2021 5:26 AM

      Not enough places will cook beef ribs. There's a place in Denton, TX (UNT) that did 13 hr slow cook on their beef ribs. They were almost fall off the bone tender. So good. On Tuesday nights it was all you could eat. So, so good. I keep meaning to go back, but it's hike to go all the way north like that.

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        August 23, 2021 6:24 AM

        Next try to find somewhere that does bison ribs!

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        August 23, 2021 6:41 AM

        All you can eat ribs is one of those things that sounds amazing at first but in reality it's just not possible to eat THAT MANY ribs in one sitting without feeling sick.

        Reminds me of the time I went out and spent $50 on beef ribs and managed to eat like 3 of them before I was done. lol

        https://chattyfiles.objects-us-east-1.dream.io/files/iPhoneUpload_l0js7t3b9b.jpg

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          August 23, 2021 6:46 AM

          This is true. I used to shy of 1.5 servings and that's about it. The onion rings were good too.

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          August 23, 2021 7:41 AM

          I mean I guess you can take home what you don't eat but is there a pricing model for what you actually eat?

          Like a dollar per slice or something like that?

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            August 23, 2021 7:42 AM

            Thinking about it I would say $2 for slice and make more sense for the business.

            Either way my question still stands.

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        August 23, 2021 7:49 AM

        Hutchins BBQ in Frisco and McKinney has beef ribs, they’re fucking ridiculous

        https://i.imgur.com/4x9NVMg.jpg

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          August 23, 2021 7:51 AM

          Oh, I'll have to check this out. Thanks for the tip.

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            August 23, 2021 7:52 AM

            If you go there you HAVE to get a Texas Twinkie, omg they’re the best (it’s the other thing in that picture)

            https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/smoked-in-texas-texas-twinkies-at-hutchins-bbq/

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              August 23, 2021 8:03 AM

              NOTED!

              Will have to schedule a weekend run out there for lunch. Does the place run out of food or anything odd? A few of the awesome smaller places around Texas (looking at you Snows!) can run out of food around 10am.

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                August 23, 2021 8:08 AM

                Hutchins is super popular and while I’ve regularly waited in lines that went out the door (but moves fast), I’ve never had them run out of food on me, but it is possible.

                They also have complementary peach cobbler and banana pudding if you dine in. And both are fantastic.

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                  August 23, 2021 8:28 AM

                  Looks like that place in Denton may not have survived covid. Webpage is gone and no activity on FB, but doesn't have the user generated CLOSED status on Google. That's a real shame if they couldn't make it. Not like I've been back in 20 years though since moving away from that part of Dallas. We're more likely to be in Frisco these day doing a run to Stonebriar, so I'll have to keep Hutchins in mind for Saturday lunch.

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                    August 23, 2021 8:39 AM

                    Hutchins is like a top 5 DFW bbq place so youll be in good hands!

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        August 23, 2021 12:23 PM

        Franklin's here in Austin does them and they're amazing. Only had them twice.

        Not saying they're "the best ever", but they were certainly the best I ever had.

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        August 23, 2021 3:47 PM

        If you're ever down in the Austin area, Salt Lick and Black's do beef ribs. Both really good places, plus Salt Lick has my favorite with Family Style, which is just paying a flat price and then eating all the sausage, ribs, and brisket (burnt ends on request) until you quit.

        Both easily my "This is a gift to myself" bbq places.

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          August 23, 2021 3:49 PM

          Did you mean the older Black's or Terry Black's? I've never been disappointed with Terry Black's.

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            August 23, 2021 3:54 PM

            I've not had a chance to try Terry Black's yet. I'm mostly familiar with the original Black's in Lockhart and the splitoff location in New Braunfels. Both great for beef ribs if not a bit pricey. There's other cheaper stuff on their menu's that are pretty good too and their mustard chipotle hot sauce is a regular staple in my household.

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              August 23, 2021 3:55 PM

              Definitely do yourself a favor and try Terry Black's!

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      August 23, 2021 5:50 AM

      Also CDROM.COM!

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        August 23, 2021 10:48 AM

        Slashdot used to be there too, I saw their wrapped PT Cruiser all the time when I was growing up.

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      August 23, 2021 6:26 AM

      All I can picture is the world’s best coffee scene from Elf.

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      August 23, 2021 6:29 AM

      I dunno; Linsey's BBQ might have them beat: https://chattyfiles.objects-us-east-1.dream.io/files/wtfribs_byaxwvg5xn.jpg

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      August 23, 2021 7:00 AM

      I’m close to Walnut, CA

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      August 23, 2021 7:32 AM

      I don't know man, I can think of a few places in Houston alone that would argue that claim and definitely some other spots in this state that would be willing to throw down for a shot at the title.

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      August 23, 2021 7:36 AM

      There was one of those close to my house here in Campbell, CA. Went once. Was not impressed. It closed when COVID hit.

      Maybe they vary a lot by location? The one near me was kind of a dump and the food didn't really have much flavor. I was disappointed because I was very excited to try it. There pies were decent, at least.

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      August 23, 2021 7:51 AM

      I had these the other day

      https://i.imgur.com/ej65hVO.jpg

      The brisket was decent but the ribs were quite good

      (Smiley’s Craft BBQ in Roanoke TX)

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      August 23, 2021 8:15 AM

      Jackstack here in Kansas City does really nice beef ribs. But I prefer the lamb ribs. A little fattier but the flavor is amazing.

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        August 23, 2021 8:33 AM

        Jack stack probably has the best brisket in town.

        There's a new place in Lawrence that opened called Gold Medal BBQ (I guess they previously had a food truck), but my opening impression yesterday was not great. Brisket was okay, but the sandwich was like 17 dollars... they need to figure their prices out.

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          August 23, 2021 3:50 PM

          There's another place that opened up in KC recently that's really good, Q39.

          They're a little pricey, but every time I go there, I have a fantastic experience with whatever I get my hands on. They have a pretty great variety of sauces too.

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      August 23, 2021 8:33 AM

      1/2 rack of xtra medium ribs, plz. With a side of corn and pickle, plain as hell. Thanks.

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      August 23, 2021 8:35 AM

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        August 23, 2021 10:48 AM

        In my defense, I was half asleep when I wrote this. lol!

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