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ROAD TRIP: Pearl Country Store BBQ

ROAD TRIP: Pearl Country Store BBQ

Comments, BBQ compels GLOB to Micanopy

By Bubba Scott, GLOB Correspondent

Editors Note: Farmer Bubba Scott is a container vegetable farmer. To help support the farm, he is a P.H.D., Professional Home Developer, AKA The House Doctor.

After receiving several comments about how good the barbecue is at Pearl Country Store and Barbecue in Micanopy on US 441, GLOB Editor Mike Sanford and I decided to visit Micanopy and see for ourselves how good this 'cued meat really is.

Our journey took us to Pearl's in front of a looming rain storm as we discussed what exactly makes good BBQ. I explained to Mike it's plain and simple: Good BBQ is meat cooked on an open pit without the sauce. If you have to add sauce to make it moist or kill the taste, it's not BBQ.

 

PearlesDiningPearl's brings back memories of country stores from the last generation. The dining area in this 'one stop buys everything' store is in the back of the shopping area with neat and tidy tables. There is also a great looking wooden lunch counter that allows excellent conversation on any topic you want to bring up with anyone who will listen. We made the conversation about how a seasoned pit master creates BBQ.

Of course we chose the counter, which gives a great view of food in motion. Prep Cook, Pit Boss Lee White was working on the next day's cooking, which starts for him around 4:00 in the morning. Pit Bull (not the dog) Sharon Hope, the cook, was busy preparing the lunch items for the day's meals, and Sharon the Pit Server made sure we were happy with our lunch.

GLOBers are correct--this is excellent barbecue.

I wanted to give their 'cue a fair assessment so I asked for a sample of what they have for lunch everyday. I'm feeling very smart because I was rewarded with an amazing array of tasty 'cue meat products.

 

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Pearl's served me up some excellent tender, moist, and very tasty ribs. On the side of the ribs I found a nice surprise in the pulled chicken and very good beef brisket piled high begging for barbecue sauce to join their party.

While enjoying my lunch I noticed Sharon putting a now ready-to-eat brisket into the cooler for later. I should've taken that home with me. Pit Boss Lee said Pearl's would be happy to cook your 'cue meat for you, along with their daily meat products, for a small fee.

 

PearlsBeansExcellent baked beans and creamy, sharp flavored mac 'n cheese rounded out a pefect barbecue lunch. A very special thank you to Janet Tibbits (photo at top), our most knowledgeable server with a very friendly demeanor.

THIS ROAD TRIP WAS AN EXCELLENT IDEA!

Pearl's has been in business since 2001 and is owned by David and Peggy Carr. If you want to experience good BBQ in a country setting, Pearl Country Store and Barbecue is the place to go. This is real pit BBQ. Not only does Pearl's have great BBQ, but also the atmosphere of a country store and friendly service makes a repeat trip a must.

See you there!

The Pluses and Minuses of Pearl's Country Store and BBQ:

Pearl's Country Store and BBQ + indicators: Authentic, home style, very tasty BBQ in a good 'ol country store setting.

Pearl's Country Store and BBQ - indicators: none noted. I'm going back!

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Pearl's Country Store & Barbecue. Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments. - THANKS!

Last modified onFriday, 12 June 2020 06:17

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