I am in so much trouble! I have always feared what would happen if I found a really good BBQ restaurant either near where I live or close to where I work. I mean just how hard would it be to have great brisket or pulled pork so close that I could eat it anytime I wanted to. It would sure throw off my dining out budget, or at least there would be the risk that it would. So far I’ve not been very successful in finding decent, yet alone good BBQ in the Sacramento area. Imagine my surprise to find some tasty smoked meats right down the road from my new office. And the place is located in a gas station to boot.
Eagle Bar-B-Que is going to be hard to stay away from. I’m not sure about the ribs, pulled pork or sausages…yet, but the brisket is first-rate. Darn near perfect if you ask me. There are a variety of features that make this a great BBQ establishment. First, the atmosphere. There really isn’t any. I know this might sound a bit of a contradiction but for those that know BBQ restaurants they know that no atmosphere is the perfect atmosphere. There are no tables inside, just a couple of tables outside. There isn’t any really parking to speak of, I had to park at the Home Depot next door and walk over. You’ve got squeeze past all the counters, chewing gum and candy bars to get to the back where the BBQ is. If you know classic BBQ then you know this is a perfect BBQ restaurant atmosphere.
The other sign of good BBQ potential is actually smelling smoke AND finding a wood pile. Eagle Bar-B-Que is owned and operated by Bob Akbari and it didn’t take very long to recognize some real BBQ pitmaster skills. Bob is a living example of the saying, “It’s not the pit, it’s the cook.” Bob cranks out some great BBQ on a couple of Char-Broil off-sets. No fancy expensive pits, just a normal backyard pit in the hands of a master. Bob has turned out BBQ since the 1970′s. He was owner of Eagle Bar-B-Que in Dallas, Texas and has brought great Texas BBQ to Sacramento.
When I first walked into the gas station I asked if the meat was pre-sauced. Bob just looked at me and his eyes said, “of course not.” I ordered the brisket plate with beans and cole slaw. The brisket was fantastic. Didn’t need much of the sauce. Instead I got to enjoy great smoked meat flavor. Bob seasons his brisket with salt, pepper and garlic. That’s it, no fancy rubs. The brisket is smoked to perfection with a great bark. The brisket comes “pulled” and I’d prefer it sliced, but I’d rather have great shredded brisket than the over sauced sliced mush I’m normally get in local BBQ restaurants. For those that enjoy sauce with their brisket it comes one the side, where it should be. The sauce is flavorful and tangy. A real Texas sauce.
The sides were outstanding too. No doctored up canned beans. Nope, these are scratch Texas style chili beans. I’d have been happy with a hunk of cornbread and bowl of these beans. I also ordered the cole slaw. And this may have been the best cole slaw I’ve ever eaten. It was perfect. Just the right amount of dressing. A hint of mustard and pepper makes this an awesome slaw. I can’t wait to go back get me a pulled pork sandwich topped with the cole slaw.
Eagle Bar-B-Que is located in the Shell Station at 8090 Folsom Blvd in Sacramento. They are open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. everyday. I don’t get to say this very often, but you’ve got to give them a try.