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Dining review: Pig-Sty’s smoky, meaty ways in Boynton Beach


The place has been open for less than one year and already the rustic wood-plank-lined walls seem to have a million stories to tell. That’s what it feels like when venturing into Pig-Sty BBQ anyway. 

The vibe is so appropriately ‘cue joint. The no-frills space offers no distractions from the reason one visits Pig-Sty: pitmaster Bryan Tyrell’s Kansas City-style barbecue. 

Tyrell once served as smokehouse manager at the former Oklahoma Joe’s, a Kansas City spot designated by Zagat as “Best BBQ restaurant in the world.” In his present Boynton Beach digs, he delivers the classic slow, wood-smoked barbecue of his native region. 

Last December, he partnered with restaurant and music industry consultant Elliot Harris to open Pig-Sty. That was many smoked briskets ago. Today, Tyrell can testify to the power of that brisket – it’s the tender meat he stacks into Pig-Sty’s Jakl sandwich along with provolone and a colossal onion ring ($8.99). The Jakl is Pig-Sty’s top-selling menu item, he says, followed by the full slab of pork ribs ($24). 

While the brisket is tasty stuff ($4.25 for ¼ pound), there are plenty of other reasons to visit. Pork lovers will find satisfaction in the Carolina-style pulled pork sandwich ($8.99), topped with coleslaw and tangy sauce. And the smoked pastrami sandwich ($9.99), a Friday special that’s barely contained between slices of rye bread, is tender and juicy in its smoky/salty ways. 

My ‘cue confession, however, is I’m happy to dine here on sides and fixings alone. The chili ($3 to $9) is thick, hearty and meaty. Ditto for the smoky-sweet Roadhouse Beans ($3 to $9), which can be ordered as a side or heaped atop Fritos in Big Al’s Frito Pie ($6.99, served in a large cup). And the rich potato salad ($3 to $9) is as generous in portion as it is in its mayo-mustard dressing. Like Pig-Sty’s creamy coleslaw, this potato salad is no afterthought. 

Mucho 'cue.

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Also noteworthy: 

There’s free popcorn offered in a machine while you wait in line. 

The cornbread ($3), moist and sweet, is good enough for dessert. 

But if you’re going to have cake for dessert, try the St. Louis-style Gooey Butter Cake ($3.50). The name says it all – it’s gooey and buttery. It’s all kinds of sticky and wrong, but addictive. 


REVIEW 

Pig-Sty BBQ 

FOOD: B+ 

SERVICE:

ADDRESS: 706 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach 

TELEPHONE: 561-810-5801 

WEBSITE: PigStyBBQ.com 

PRICE RANGE: Inexpensive to moderate 

NOISE LEVEL: Relatively quiet on days when there’s no live music. 

HOURS: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

CREDIT CARDS: Major cards accepted 

RESERVATIONS: Walk-ins welcome 

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes 

WHAT THE GRADES MEAN: 

A — Excellent 

B — Good 

C — Average 

D — Poor 

F — Don’t bother


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