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Baker's Ribs
8019 Glen Lane
Eden Prairie, MN
612-942-5337

Meat: 4.5
Sauce: 3.5
Sides: 3
Service: 4.5
Atmosphere: 4

Overall: 3

Reviewer's Comments:  Growing up in Minnesota, I used to think barbecue meant sloppy joes. 6 years in Kansas City finally showed me the light. Upon moving back to Minnesota, I began a quest to find REAL barbecue. This search started out being not very promising, so I started making barbecue myself. Relief finally came at Baker's Ribs, a rather non-descript looking joint in a strip mail in one of the second ring suburbs of Minneapolis, and it's no suprise that it tooka Texan to bring real barbecue to Minnesota. In fact, both the pit (an all wood burner) and the pitboss were shipped up here from Texas. When you walk in, you know they make serious barbecue from the wonderful smoky aroma permeating the place. You may have to wait though, the line was out the door by 11:30 on a recent lunch visit. Efficient service got us to the line pretty quickly though, and many patrons get their Q to go, so there were plenty of seats. I elected to go with the sliced beef platter (Minnesotan's wouldn't know what it was if it was called brisket) and the beans. The brisket sandwich was great. Nice bark, tender & juicy interior, and a sauce of moderate sweetness and a bit of zing. This sauce brought back memories of the barbecue I got near Houston years ago at a roadside stand. The beans had a curious aftertaste to them, which I couldn't identify, and were only average. The addition of some chunks of meat and fat would work wonders for them. As it is, they are still above average for the area. Previous discussions with the staff revealed that the briskets are put in the smoker around 1:00am for lunch the next day. The smoker has a thermostatically controlled inlet damper, and only takes one addition of wood to last the night. What a great setup! I can't recall the temp they use, but when I get a chance, I'll find out and post again.

In Minnesota, I've tried Famous Daves, Tony Roma's, Roscoe's, John Hardy's, and a few others, and Baker's Ribs is the ONLY place I've found up here so far that I would call real barbecue. John Hardy's is good, but it's been so long since I've been there, that I really can't comment. Famous Daves & Tony Roma's are just BAAAAAAD. It's hard to get much smoke flavor when you boil your ribs. Try this place when you're in the area!

Reviewed by: Patrick Lehnherr ( lehnherr@isd.net) on January 29, 1999

Baker's Ribs
8019 Glen Lane
Eden Prarie, MN
612-942-5337

Meat: 4.5
Sauce: 4
Sides: 3
Service: 4.5
Atmosphere: 4

Overall: 4

Reviewer's Comments: My apologies to the proprietor!!! I see in my earlier review that I gave him a 3 overall. that is WRONG. The overall score should be a 4. This stuff is GREAT BBQ!

Also, I recently found out that they cook brisket & pork for 12 - 16 hours at 250 & ribs 4 hours at 290

Reviewed By: Patrick Lehnherr (lehnherr@isd.net)on April 2, 1999.

Baker's Ribs
8019 Glen Ln
Eden Prarie, MN
612-942-5337

Meat: 5
Sauce: 4
Sides: 4
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 3.5

Overall: 4.5

Reviewer's Comments:  Tucked away in strip mall heaven, in the land of Ole and Lena, Al Killian serves the best damn Q north of the Red River. (No, the Red River in Texas, not the one up here.) In six foot tall iron smokers Al fires up ribs, brisket, chicken, turkey, sausage or anything you care to bring him. Not only does he do it right, but he does it with a smile and a genuine interest in the happiness and welfare of his customers. Don't worry about using the sauce because Al keeps it hot so it doesn't chill those meaty, juicy ribs. Some folks think BBQ sauce should be sweet and syrupy, but not Al. It's Texas Tang all the way. Those same yahoos like their sides dripping with sweetened goo. Al Serves his slaw with a light peppery sauce, potato salad with a hush of dill and even sliced tomatoes with basil. Don't take my word fro it though. Al's walls are covered with celebrity autographs. Baker's Ribs might even be a part of the Vikings official training regimen. Having been spoiled by living in the Lone Star state, I had given up hope of ever finding the real deal in Q up here. Thanks,Al.

Reviewed By:  Chris (cbriscoe@tcinternet.net) on5-9-99

 

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