From the selection of 8 meats I picked the pork butt, brisket, pork ribs and mutton. I eliminated sausage after being told that they just sell Meyer's sausage from Elgin. It's good sausage, but I've had it before. I also passed on the pork short ribs, which aren't a good test of barbeque skill and the turkey and chicken which aren't my favorites. And, of course, I wasn't allowed to have beef ribs. My plate came with two sides and bread. I picked green beans and sweet potatoes.
My plate came out quickly and the meat servings were substantial. In volume it was worth the $11 price for the largest meat selection available. Normally I don't like to put barbeque sauce on my meats, so I set it aside and dug right in and started trying things.
I started off with the brisket, which was not impressive. It had no smoke ring, which is a surprising failing in properly cooked barbeque, plus it was surprisingly tough and dry. Most disappointingly it had a kind of kerosene-like chemical aftertaste which I think might be the product of some sort of liquid smoke style flavoring.
I moved o to the pork butt, which seemed like an easy winner. It's hard to make bad pork butt, but as far as I could tell the meat was roasted rather than really barbequed and it had no flavor to speak of – certainly not the nice smoked flavor I was hoping for. It still wasn't bad, but it was disappointing. On the upside it didn't have the weird chemical aftertaste.
Next I moved on to the pork ribs, which turned out to also be dry and quite tough, and they had been basted in something which again had that chemical aftertaste, but beyond that it seemed not to have imparted any identifiable flavor to the ribs. This aroused my suspicions and I decided to try the barbeque sauce. It was not impressive and clearly contributed to the problems with the meats. Although it was the right color, the sauce was thin and had very little flavor except for a slight sweetness. You can buy better sauce in the supermarket. Since this sauce was clearly used for basting the meats, it explains the general lack of flavor, though not the weird aftertaste.