Swung by the other night for a belated birthday dinner for my little sis w/ boy toy. None of us had been here, we decided to give it a try. You have to order at the counter, pay first & then they'll bring you your food. A nice young lady was at the front and was most informative on the different options, including something called "The Trough". They have a wall of fame of people who actually finished the monstrosity (8 Smoked Pork Ribs, 6 Smoked Beef Ribs, 1/2 Smoked Chicken w/ 2 sides & 4 corn bread) @ $49.95 in under an hour. It was fun to hear about it - but of course we didn't order it. Are you kidding me? I wanted to survive for NYE! We all ordered the quarter rack smoked pork ribs (4 ribs). The meat was tender and easy to pull off of the bone. I did my own mix of the Bull BBQ sauce & the sweet/spicy BBQ sauce to slather on my ribs. We all had a mix of 2 of the following 3 sides: 1) Coleslaw - topped w/ candied almond slivers - not too much mayo - crisp & the almonds gave it a meaty flavor that was startlingly good! 2) Mac N Cheese - topped with crushed Cheez-Its like crumbs - I'm not a fan of mac n cheese unless lobster & truffle oil is mixed in so this was just okay for me 3) Sweet Corn - which was delicious yellow corn kernels in this brown (molasses?) like sauce that made me think I might just be done w/ cream of corn (except Lawry's 'cos no one can take that cream of corn away from this girl!) Corn Bread (muffin shaped) - you all know I don't like bread. Ok - if it's dessert related or part of Porto's medianoche sandwich, I will eat the bread. But this wasn't just a typical corn bread mushy muffin consistency. It had GRIT! It was GRAINY! It reminded me of the corn bread I used to get while living in Alabama. It was sweet, warm and I wanted more! Of course boy toy stuffed the last 1/3 into his mouth 'cos I couldn't eat any more right at that moment. The owner (older gentleman?) I believe, came out while we were hemming & hawing about what to order. He gave us sample tastes of the pulled pork & the beef brisket. Boytoy & lil' sis like the pulled pork. I liked the brisket. He also swung by while we were seated awaiting our meals, w/ a hot pan of ham slices in bubbling hot BBQ sauce & a sample side of the baked beans. WOW! A suggestion to Bulls' owner - serve hot bubbling BBQ sauce on the side. It really brought out the peppery flavor compared to when I used what was at the table. Delicious!!! Baked beans were cooked just right (not overly mushy) and were spicy - not sweet like most places. I'm getting this side next time! Delicious - nothing was left! Sodas were free refills. They even brought us complimentary scoops of cookies & cream ice cream. I had no idea but apparently they have a large patio with a big screen in the back - perfect to watch sports games while chowing down on good grub. And they are pup friendly so bring man's best friend for free bones! We all agreed that this is where we'll be coming back to try beef ribs and brisket and whatever else they wanna put in front of us. We had all tried Phil's BBQ and felt it was an over commercialized place that provided long lines with a generic tasting BBQ sauce (I could buy the KC brand at the market and that would be Phil's BBQ sauce...would taste the same). But Bull's BBQ sauce is very peppery on one hand or sweet/spicy on the other hand. We were so full & w/ the ice cream to top us off, we went straight home w/o getting dessert. The congenial & friendly service is what just made this the place I'll be coming back to whenever I get a hankering for ribs in SD.
My husband and I would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of you, and your staffs, for the extraordinary job that you all did for my daughter, Stephanie Marcks, and her husband, Jordan Weisman, at their wedding on Saturday, 1/2/10. The wedding experience exceeded all of our expectations. The room was beautiful in both set-ups; both the ceremony and the reception afterwards. The food was delicious and we received many compliments on your behalf. The flowers and centerpieces were lovely and exactly what my daughter had anticipated. Every staff member that we came in contact with, both prior to, and on the day of the wedding, was professional and helpful. Our friends and families raved about the whole wedding experience and we wholeheartedly agreed with them. Thank you all for making Stephanie and Jordan's wedding day such a special occasion. We greatly appreciated all of your professionalism and patience. The memories that you helped to make will last our family a lifetime. Sincerely, Mr. Richard and Mrs. Diane Marcks Parents of Stephanie Marcks Weisman
Just wanted to thank you guys so much for helping us put together such a beautiful wedding! You guys were so great to work with! My favorite by far :) Everyone at Ranch was so nice and helpful and working with you guys was the best because you put my mind at ease. I knew things would turn out great and they did! I didn't have a ton of trust with some of my other vendors, but with you guys I knew I had nothing to worry about :) Lindsey, thank you so much for all your help with the bouquet ribbon and also with the rehearsal...all the girls loved you! It was a crazy day but you were always so calm and collected and that really helped me relax about things :) Rhonda, you have been so great this whole time! I knew with you everything would turn out wonderfully...and it did! The reception was beautiful and the food was delicious :) And I loved the way the cake turned out! It was beautiful :) You guys are the best! I'm so happy to have had the chance to work with you both :) Thank you again!! Lindsay Marca