Who doesn’t love BBQ? Well, I guess vegans, but we won’t go there. Peckinpah has been on my radar for a while. But I was slightly hesitant to venture over as the reviews are mediocre, and poorly executed BBQ can really suck. But I was in Gastown enjoying a cool event called Make Music Vancouver and I was hungry – Peckinpah’s time had come.
As an aside, the event was awesome. Who says Vancouver doesn’t know how to have fun? And on a Thursday night, too. There were 130 bands across all genres throughout the evening. Basically a different band every 50 feet. And everyone was enjoying themselves, dancing even. In true Vancouver fashion, the end time was 10pm – something about bylaws. But it sure was fun while it lasted.
Peckinpah enjoys a prime Gastown location – right at the intersection of Water St. and Carrall – which makes for some interesting people watching. It has a pretty small seating capacity, but does offer some tables outside as well. The brick interior with high ceilings lends some Gastown charm. Service was relaxed and unobtrusive yet still efficient.
Carolina style BBQ is often rubbed with a spice mixture before smoking and mopped with a spice and vinegar liquid during smoking (as opposed to the typical sauce-smothered BBQ that most people are used to). From what I’ve googled, Carolina BBQ specializes in pork. I, of course, chose the Beef Beef Beef combo platter :p (brisket, ribs, chopped). It comes with 2 sides (my friend and I chose coleslaw and collard greens) and some cornbread. For me, BBQ is synonymous with “mountain of meat”, so from that perspective, the portion size was underwhelming. But it was still enough to fill two bellies.
The collard greens were good, as was the coleslaw (nothing spectacular, but enjoyable). All the beef was tasty. I liked the ribs the best – they were very tender. The brisket was good also. The chopped beef was just okay.
I’m happy I tried it, and I’d go back if one of my friends wanted to check it out, but it wasn’t outstanding, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to make it back – there are a lot of other Gastown spots calling my name, plus a new Memphis Blues location just opened downtown.