Decided to gorge myself at the Rock’n Ribfest last night. I started off with a “porkinator” from Rasta Joe’s Jamaican BBQ. A porkinator consists of pulled pork topped with bacon, ham and pepper jack cheese, overflowing from a hot dog bun to the point of being totally unmanageable, and a couple of pepperoncinis plopped on top for good measure. In retrospect, this choice was a mistake. A porkinator does not lend itself to adding bbq sauce. I threw some on anyway, but I should have gone with simple pulled pork.
Next up was the frozen apple cider pictured above. That was awesome, and should be available everywhere in New England. It was essentially an apple cider slushie/squishie/icee topped with cinnamon and whipped cream, but it feels more okay to drink than a neon red or blue icee. I mean, one of the main ingredients is still apples, right? I’ll choose to believe that at least.
My final selection was Gator BBQ pictured above. My sense of obligation to support a fellow gator was the perfect way to avoid making a real choice. I went for a half-slab of beef ribs. In my experience, beef ribs are less common than pork (except at a Korean restaurant). Their sauce was great, and, let’s be honest, ribs are usually pretty god damn delicious. One disappointment for Gator BBQ is that they have no relation to Florida or the University of Florida at all anymore. The company has changed hands a few times and is now owned by a Canadian family. Oh well.
The entertainment was surprisingly good: the Beatles cover band 1964 the Tribute. I thought this was just some random Beatles tribute band, but they’ve been together for 28 years; that’s nearly three times how long the Beatles were together! They sounded spot on to me.