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The Real Deal at Brett’s BBQ

David Boylan

Brett's BBQ in Encinitas
Brett's BBQ in Encinitas

I love authentic BBQ and Brett’s BBQ is overflowing with authenticity, passion, and the unbridled enthusiasm of its proprietors Brett Nicholson and Bruce Weisman. Everything about this place makes me happy.

Their motto is “If It’s Not Smoked, It’s Not Barbeque” should also be a lesson to those who think BBQ is throwing a steak on the grill or those restaurants who offer “BBQ ribs” that are no more than pre cooked, pre packaged ribs that they warm up in the oven. A smoker is required for BBQ and Brett’s has two massive units that made me smile.

To achieve their authentic southern barbeque flavor, they have hickory wood shipped in from out of state and all of their meats are hand rubbed with a special blend of spices, then slow-cooked in the smoker for up to 16 hours. To finish it off they add their all-original Brett’s BBQ Sauce which they make daily from scratch. Most of the menu is made from scratch onsite at the restaurant. Not a lot of restaurants in this area can make that claim and it speaks again to the passion and dedication these guys have to doing things the right way.

Ok, on to the menu. I could just skip this and say everything on it is out of this world, and it is, but some details are in order because some of this stuff is really spectacular.

All the starters are solid including the BBQ and Cajun chicken wings, and the onion rings are a real treat. I can’t say I’ve tried the salads as I’m not really in a salad mode when going for BBQ but they are a nice option and the pit master salad sounds great with your choice of meat on mixed greens with smoked gouda roasted sweet corn, black beans, jicama, tomato and sweet onion served with BBQ sauce and ranch dressing.

All the sandwiches are really, really good. The pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken sandwiches are perfect and even better when you pile some cole slaw on top. The Texas rope sausage is topped with sautéed onions, peppers and jack cheese.

Now to the BBQ motherload.

Juicy, tender beef & chicken, flavorful pork, meaty ribs, fresh salad, and a generous list of hearty appetizers will delight even the most discerning of barbeque connoisseurs. And make sure to leave room for dessert because our down home bread pudding served with a delectable whiskey sauce should not be missed.

Our restaurants use only the best available ingredients, cook the food to perfection, and always provide our customers with friendly service. We never skimp. We’re not a chain or a franchise. We’re just two guys who care about food, and doing it the right way. We don’t advertise or send you junk mail. We simply let the food speak for itself. So if you’re in the neighborhood stop in and see us. Taste for yourself why we’ve been called San Diego’s most Authentic BBQ!

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