This weekend I had a nice, 3 show run set up around eastern South Dakota. Friday night was Yankton. Saturday was Sioux Falls. On Sunday, well, I went back to Yankton. I had an early show on Saturday at The Source. An automated self-pour tap wall. I was in heaven. Had a nice show that afternoon, and some Sioux Falls friends I hadn't seen in a while even showed up. Anyway, I had headed to the city with my wife after we determined Backyard BBQ was the place to go. We met some friends there. It was in the downtown Sioux Falls area, and it was packed. The downtown area, I mean. They had, what I'm told, is their first sanctioned PRIDE parade. It looked like supporters showed up in full force. Inside The Backyard BBQ was a different story. We were the sole patrons in the restaurant when we sat down. I would have guessed that they hadn't been busy for a while, as the two fellas there were more preoccupied with the college baseball game on TV than with taking our orders. Took some time to even get a drink order in...they could have used an automated tap wall. To make matters worse, we were subjected to a sound track of awful contemporary country music. Imagine my surprise when a couple Tyler Childers and Jason Isbell songs managed to make it in the mix.
You want the beans, not the noise.
At Backyard BBQ, their "Molasses Baked Beans" were a side option and I coupled it with a good pulled pork sandwich. The beans were served up in a black plastic cup. That cup was awfully small for my liking. They did manage to provide me with a spoon. I got all the utensils rolled up in napkin. Classic. There were two different types of beans in this dish, and they were cooked to a great consistency. Those two different types of beans were drowning. The bean-to-sauce ratio skewed high towards the later. There were no vegetables or peppers mixed into this dish, though the beans were accompanied by chunks of bacon. This added a nice textural component to the dish. The beans did have a nice sweetness to them, but it wasn't over the top, as one might expect with "Molasses Baked Beans". In not allowing the baked beans to be too sweet, they were balanced nicely with a good smoky flavor. Did I mention the serving size was too small? I could have had a lot more of these.
Ratings (On a scale of 1-5)
For what it's worth,
The Sioux Falls community supporting PRIDE: 5