My quest for decent barbecue around Berkeley continues. Previously, I have tried Looney’s Smokehouse and T-Rex BBQ, and a friend recommended that I try The Brick Pig’s House in Oakland. I know this place is highly rated on Yelp, but just haven’t had the chance to go. But when S. was here last time, I sort of dragged him there straight from the airport.
On the website, they advertise their barbecue style as simply, ‘Southern’ – and claims that the main difference between Southern and the rest of the regional styles is the emphasis on the combination of meat, sauce, and seasoning, rather than the smokiness. I’m not sure if I have ever heard of such an explanation (after all, the difference between all the other regions is in the sauce), but if the food turned out to be good, I don’t care what they say about Southern barbecue.
S. and I were quite indecisive about what to order, so the owner suggested that we share a rib & brisket dinner, which includes two sides and cornbread.
Despite the cheap-looking containers, the food was really delicious. The ribs, while not fall-off-the-bone like Phil’s in San Diego, were the best I’ve had in Berkeley so far. I loved the brisket, too – not super salty like brisket can sometimes be, and very tender. They also did not drown everything in barbecue sauce, so it was indeed a great combination of meat and seasoning. As for the sides, we liked the cole slaw (probably because there was an abundance of mayo..) but decided that the macaroni salad was just okay. Next time, I think I’ll try the baked beans instead.
The Brick Pig’s House is definitely my favorite barbecue place around here. The owners are incredibly nice, and the food is delicious. I can’t wait to go back!
The Brick Pig’s House
5973 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA