Barbecue in Portland, Maine!!!

Knapp Hudson, our Senior Maine correspondent and a high school classmate — and, like his wife, Ella, an outstanding photographer (check out Stone Coast Photography) — lives in Portland, Maine, and has found some barbecue!

Here’s the write-up on Salvage Barbecue

After living in Portland for 37 years we have finally eaten at a BBQ place we would return to. We’re from South Carolina and we have our BBQ standards Maine has been unable to meet. While it is not located in a cinder block building that we usually consider a hopeful sign of good BBQ, it is in a section of Portland that is on the gritty side. Ella and I shared the Meat Coma (1/4 rack pork ribs, 1/3 lb. brisket & chopped pork & cup of chili) with sides of hush puppies and coleslaw. In general, the food was good. The meat was tender and well smoked with a nice rub on it. The crust on the ribs was nicely done. The table sauces were tasty although the white coconut based sauce, White Widow, would get you laughed out of a South Carolina BBQ joint. I guess you have to expect an eclectic touch given Portland’s foodie expectations. I did not like the chili, there was too heavy a smoked and chili flavor for my taste. The hush puppies were more darkly cooked than the light brown crust I prefer. They could also stand a touch of garlic flavor. The coleslaw was good. There are enough beer choices to keep me happily sampling for weeks. The red flashing lights of ambulances on their way to the nearby hospital added a nice ambiance to the place and gave Ella a healthy red glow. This is the place when you’ve OD’ed on Lobster Rolls.  

(Knapp recommends

If you’re in Portland, check out Salvage.


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