Given that Lincoln is the home of Ribfest, I figured any bbq places in town have high standards. So, I was pretty excited to get to load up on all the different smoky options that Southwest has to offer. Because of having to spend $35 to use the gift certificate, Dennis and I got an excuse to try a lot. Given the very reasonable prices on the sandwiches and sides, getting to $35 was a little tricky to do. To get a full sample, we ordered a full slab of ribs, 10 wings, one brisket sandwich, one pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, and potato salad.
After sampling everything, I had rather mixed feelings. All the meats are incredibly tender. The ribs and wings just melt off the bone and the brisket and pulled port are incredibly moist. There is a nice touch of smoke and that helps give the meat a little depth.
The con is the sauce and flavor. Everything felt a little under seasoned. The sauce, that was on all four meat options, simply lacked depth. Even so basic as a tad more salt and pepper and spice would have gone a long way to bring out more of a savory quality.
All in all, a good deal and not a bad place to pick up a pulled pork sandwich in a pinch. However, for the most have bbq in town, I think I’ll keep looking.