No Mercy BBQ: Meat – and cabbage – mesquite-smoked to perfection
February 6, 2016 - bbq set
Along with a salsa and a rub, timber is a defining aspect of informal barbecue. Kansas City-style barbecue, that encompasses Wichita, is famous for smoking with hickory. But as a owners of No Mercy BBQ in Augusta are discerning to tell you, they shirk this tradition and opt for mesquite, some-more ordinarily found in executive Texas ’cue.
The reason, according to owners Robby Mercer, is simple: “Mesquite blows divided a sour hickory any day.”
This self-assurance is conveyed in all No Mercy does, from a assertive name to a preference to set adult emporium in exhausted downtown Augusta. It’s positively in a food, particularly in a sweet, clean-tasting brisket that simply pulls detached and has adequate fat to stay wet though relying on sauce. The pulled pig is equally luscious and served with only adequate bellow to deteriorate a pig while vouchsafing a season of a beef take core stage. Try it with sausage as partial of a two-meat sandwich; a heated piquancy of a gaunt sausage works with a luscious pig to move a smoke, fat, and umami flavors of grill into harmony.
Sauce need not come to this party, yet if we select to entice it, you’ll find a well-balanced take on a honeyed salsas of a area. For those who are truly looking for no mercy, compensate a small additional for a habanero grill sauce.
It’s good to see baked beans that aren’t from a can, and a side of tri-colored beans during No Mercy has adequate beef in it to scarcely validate as partial of a categorical course. More interestingly, No Mercy’s list of sides includes smoked cabbage. Cruciferous vegetables don’t make most of an coming in barbecue’s lineage, though that’s too bad since a unfeeling is an glorious smoothness device for that mesquite smoke. It takes a small salt, peppers and prohibited salsa to turn out a flavor, though it’s one of a best things a grill has to offer. The smoked cheese is adult there, too.
For those who’d cite something fried, we can find customary okra and fries – a latter of that can be systematic underneath their possess raise of pork, beans, cheese and salsa – or if you’re feeling adventurous, longhorn fries. The boiled climax wealth are an engaging experience, though there are improved tools of a cow on a menu.
I don’t know if we share Mr. Mercer’s opinion on a mesquite vs. hickory debate, though by going opposite a pellet with his choice of wood, he creates a form of grill that’s not simply found in this partial of a United States. That he is means to request sound technique to emanate a wet and dainty product is a covenant to his pitmaster skills. The menu offerings are demonstrative of someone assured adequate in his core product to be peaceful to examination with some-more of a esoteric. The grill is assertive since a beef is of competition-level peculiarity and among a best grill in executive Kansas.
No Mercy BBQ
Where: 104 E. Sixth St., Augusta, 316-613-3666
Type of food: Barbecue
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays by Saturdays
Price range: Dinner combos are $9.99 to $12.99; sandwich and burger plates are $7.99 to $8.99; KC Strip dinners are $12.99-$23.99