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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Clem's Cafe Hardwood BBQ

While I'm no expert, I've tasted BBQ in St. Louis, Memphis, Texas the Carolinas and other places. Pittsburgh has really never impressed me with BBQ places. In the past I've made a lot of trips out 22 to Central PA. A place that always caught my attention was Clem's BBQ. It was kind of shack like, the way a BBQ joint should look. One morning I was heading east and passed Clem's at around 6:30 in the morning. I could see the smoke rising and smell the hardwood fire while they prepared for the days cooking. On my trip back in the afternoon, I had to stop. On my first visit I tried the pulled pork sub, with mushrooms and a great sauce. It was the best BBQ I've ever had. Over the years, I've stopped many times and always had exceptional food. The menu consists of baby back and country ribs, pulled pork and beef sandwiches and standard sides. They keep it simple and stick to what they do best.

A while ago, they were forced to relocate due to road construction and are now further east, towards Blairsville. The building is new and doesn't have quite the same charm, but the food is still exceptional! If you like BBQ, it's a nice weekend drive and worth the trip for a great lunch.


Dom said...

I am BBQ NUT. I've been to the best - Memphis, Kansas City, etc., but none, but I mean none is better than Clem's outside of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dave, The BurghFeeder said...

Dom, it's nice to hear your comment. I'm a BBQ nut too, but don't have the experience that you have...But I know what I like, and Clem's is probably the best I've ever had!

Jennifer said...

I think Clem's BBQ was MUCH better when it was still in a tiny little shack down the road from where its at now. Its still good BBQ, but the rolls were much bigger, and the beans...OMG their beans used to be the poo!!!