BBQ Nirvana

If you love BBQ in all its forms and weren’t at Rathbun’s 7th Annual B-day BBQ Bash this past Sunday, you need to go ahead and put it on the books for next year.  We’re talking high end BBQ here folks; lobster, shrimp, spit roasted lamb…yeah they also had the old standbys, but the some of the more unusual items really made this event stand out for us. In addition to Rathbun’s creative dishes, Fox Brothers was also on site serving up awesome brisket, pulled pork and pretty much every side they have on their menu! If you haven’t tried Fox Brothers, you are missing out on some of the best ITP (Inman Park) Q’ in city!

Stove Works Facility

The tickets were limited to 500 people, and I think the ridiculously hot temperatures kept some away as well, which kept the lines small and the booze flowing. Speaking of drinks, there were at least four bars stocked with several wine and beer choices and a full selection of the hard stuff. I have never been to an event with an open bar where the lines were longer for the food…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

Bar scene - gotta love the Grouse!

There were five separate food stations, including a rather large dessert bar that really wasn’t necessary. The first station included the Fox Brothers fare:

Pulled Pork

Incredible grilled corn and smoked gouda...I could have drank this from a cup!

They also had several bean and veggie dishes but I wasn’t wasting anytime or room in my tummy with filler food! Next up was Rathbun’s station with smoked chicken, lamb sliders…yes lamb sliders…and some killer baby back ribs!

Ribs - check out the smoke ring on these bad boys!

Lamb Sliders

Incredibly juicy chicken

Damn, that's a smoker...where can I buy one?

Open Sesame!Good lord that's ridiculous!

As if this couldn’t get any better, the next tent had the sea creatures – lobster in chorizo butter and shrimp grilled over open coals. I really felt bad for the cooks, but the food was so damn good that I stopped caring after the first bite of the soft, buttery lobster tail!

Lobsters on the barbie!

Of course they saved the best for last, two spit grilled lambs over open coals and citrus rinds; it was also basted with a butter lemon mixture for at least half a day…the smell alone was enough to bring me to my knees! They used this really cool mechanical pulley system that kept the grilling virtually hands free. I had the pleasure of getting a rib that was unlike any grilled meat I have ever had; the rib itself was about a foot long and thinner than a grade school ruler. The meat was super tender but stuck to the bone just enough to allow you to hold it in one hand without fear of loss! This was hands down on of the best things I have eaten all year!

A little scary looking for some, but it was mighty delicious!

Spit Roasted Lamb!

Lamb cooking apparatus

Not that anyone cares, but there was also a pretty good live band and tons of people were having a great time despite the heat; even Chef Kevin!

Damn that makes me look old...

Kevin Rathbun having a great time being the ever gracious host!

As I stated at the beginning of this article, this is a must attend for anyone who loves great BBQ, good people and good times. I have already put it on the calendar for next year and hopefully many years to come, let’s just hope it’s a little cooler!

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