Friday, February 1, 2008

Ruidoso, NM

We were in Ruidoso in January doing a bridal which the bride was snowboarding! You can see the pictures on Julie's blog. (link on the right).

We picked up some BBQ at a joint called Can't Stop Smokin', and all I can say is, "Wow!" It's interesting. There nowhere to sit down. This place is strictly for pickup...and it's a good thing too, because people didn't seem to stop coming in while we were in there.

I could smell that wonderful smoke smell as soon as I got out of the car. This is usually a great sign when going to a new BBQ place! They had a great selection of smoked meats, sides, and beef jerky.The sides were great, and went perfectly with the Q. And their sauce...oh their sauce! They have a mild version, and my favorite, a spicy version! Although the meat did not need it, I couldn't get enough.

The ribs were tender and deilicous. They were wrapped tightly in celophane as soon as they came out of the smoker so they kept all of their original juices. The brisket was also great. I don't know what they cured it with, but it was good and smoked for the perfect amount of time.

So where does the name come from? Owner, Pete Shavone, had sold his fruit market, where they also sold barbecue. Turned oud he wasn't ready to give that part up. Hence the name, Can't Stop Smokin'.

This is one of the best Q joints I've ever come across. Pete, the next time I'm in Ruidoso, I'll be sure to stop by!