McClure’s Barbecue Restaurant
Hey folks, you may remember back early last year when I wrote about my experience at McClure’s Barbecue Restaurant. At that time they were just a little pop-up place working a couple days a week at Dante’s Kitchen. Well, now they’re a full-fledged restaurant in Uptown New Orleans, and they’re doing some pretty awesome stuff with barbecue.
Last week Jeremy and I were invited down to a private party to visit their new location and try some of their delectable meats and treats. We had a delicious meal, which I’m excited to share with you here. Are you ready for some barbecue action? I sure hope so! Here it is!
While we were served a prix fixe menu at this particular dinner, McClure’s has a pretty delicious looking regular menu. It’s pretty straightforward covering the essential meats and sides. I bet their sandwiches are really good. We actually got to take home leftovers from that evening and the next day I made Jeremy and myself some pretty amazing pulled pork sandwiches with Stubb’s BBQ sauce (it’s what I had on hand), caramelized onions and cheddar cheese. They were so good!
For me, it all starts and ends with a delicious sauce. Below you can see the range and variety of sauces offered at McClure’s. Of course everyone has their own preferences, but I especially liked the Kansas City style and also the Memphis style. The Kansas City was my favorite because it was both spicy and sweet. It was especially rich tasting and just plain delicious to me. But I must say, in the end, I liked them all and ended up with some amalgamation of them on my plate by the end of it.
One thing I like about McClure’s is that the layout is pretty simple and very communal. There are a couple of sets of long picnic tables which lend themselves well to the communal meat platters we received. Remember, we were all here as part of one big party – the restaurant wasn’t open to the public that night (always closed on Mondays) so we had the run of the place. And one of the perks of that was huge platters of meat for our dining pleasure.
Each platter consisted of pulled pork, pork sausage, chicken thighs and legs, beef brisket and pork ribs. I tried each meat and they were all very tasty. The sausage was particularly good – very juicy. I also liked the chicken. I actually had some as an afterthought on a friend’s recommendation, and I’m glad I did. It was juicy and flavorful. Not dry even though it was smoked. Of course the pulled pork, brisket and pork ribs were all solid in terms of flavor and execution. It was all very enjoyable.
I am also a big fan of sides. I mean who doesn’t love a good mac n cheese or baked beans with their delicious barbecue? Below are four of the five sides we had at that dinner: Sweet and Spicy Slaw, German Potato Salad, Macaroni and Cheese and Baked Beans. I’ll say that my favorite was the macaroni and cheese, especially with some Kansas City Style barbecue sauce on it! Yum! The baked beans were very good, too. Honestly, I wasn’t 100% jazzed about the slaw or potato salad. Both have potential, but they need more work to be great. Just missing some flavor elements at their core – both a bit bland overall and somewhat of a departure from the bold flavors experienced otherwise at McClure’s.
I enjoyed myself and the food very much. We had some small issues with flavors on the sides, but as you can see below, I ate everything. This was a good, solid meal. I actually ate everything you see below plus more. Ugh, I kind of felt like a pig, but hey, when in Rome, right? Overall it was a tasty meal, and I’d definitely go back there again on my dime. Be advised though, they don’t currently have a liquor license so it’s BYOB. And if you forget to BYOB, there are two liquor stores within walking distance. Because, hey, this is New Orleans, baby!
- Address: McClure’s Barbecue – 4800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
- Phone: 504.301.2367
- Hours: Tue 6p-9p; Wed-Sun 11:30a-9p
- Web: McCluresBarbecue.com; Also find them on Facebook and Twitter
Full Disclosure: My husband and I were given a free meal at McClure’s to show their appreciation for supporting them back before they had a permanent location. We were not asked to do anything in return. As always, all opinions expressed here are sincere and my own.