The One Thing We Agree On

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Ben and I could NOT agree on how to spend this rainy day!

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I wanted to see The Hangover 2, while he was leaning towards an afternoon of brewing and drinking beer. Both got a resounding boo from the other. Then I suggested we go fishing, but he said he won’t go anymore until we get a license, and the place to get them is closed on Sundays. Really?

Ugh.

One thing we could agree on? Lunch at Smokey D’s BBQ!

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(Because clearly we didn’t get enough BBQ – or SAUCE – at last night’s festival.

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These 10lb 6oz jugs of Big Daddy’s BBQ Sauce the boys bought were heavier than a newborn baby!)

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Anyways, Smokey D’s has several locations in Des Moines, but the only one that’s open on the weekend is about 20 minutes away.

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We’ve heard some amazing things about their ‘Q, and clearly had no other plans, so we said what the heck and headed over!

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The collection of trophies we ran into right inside the front door, including this 6 foot 2010 TLC BBQ Pittmaster Champion one, made us realize real quick that we were in for a treat.

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The inside of Smokey D’s is no frills and after ordering from a pretty simple menu, diners are free to snag a booth or table wherever they please. 

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We barely had time to start taking in the zillions of winning plaques, ribbons and trophies covering the walls before our food was brought out to us.

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One Burnt Ends BBQ Lunch Platter with Baked Beans, Cottage Cheese & Garlic Bread ($7.95), coooomin’ right up! :D

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The lunch platter comes with your choice of 1 meat and 2 sides. I chose lighter cottage cheese to sit on the good side of the platter,

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and rich baked beans to sit on the evil side. Muwahaha! They were insanely sweet and tasted just like Judy’s Baked Beans – my favorite summer treat!

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The garlic bread that also came with the meal was just "ok". If I hadn’t just had Cossetta’s garlic bread – aka garlic bread nirvana – then I probably would have liked it better.

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The burnt ends blew my MIND though! I didn’t even know what burnt ends were when I ordered them – I just knew they sounded to delish to miss!

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I later learned via Google that burnt ends are the ends of a smoked brisket that are cut off and smoked even further to get extra juicy and tender. Apparently they’re considered a "delicacy" in BBQ cooking because of their high fat content. (I could have gone without knowing that last part…)

Anyways, I chose the mild and sassy BBQ sauces, that come in the sauce caddy at each table, to taste test for smothering my burnt ends in.

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Sweet, tangy and slightly spicy Sassy won!

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OMG. Burnt ends literally melt in your mouth. They’re fall apart tender and have this awesome crust on the outside. Even though they’re beef, they actually taste just like pork ribs – without the messy fingers and face. Lip-smacking good! :D

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Speaking of ribs, Ben got messy with a half rack, 2 sides and a slice of garlic bread ($10.95).

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The ribs were hot pink from smoke penetration. Perfection. We both agreed that Smokey D’s does some REAL good ‘Q!

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After I hosed Ben off we both agreed that we weren’t ready to go home quite yet, so we stopped by Homemakers to test drive some new living room furniture.

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We’re still using the same couches and table set that I had in my first apartment after college. Our living room is practically on its knees begging for a makeover.

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Unlike clothes shopping, husbands LOVE couch shopping! ;)

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Ok, wives too. "Ahhhh, so comfy, so full, I just need to rest my eyes for a bit…zzzz…"

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We didn’t find the perfect set just yet, but I’m obsessed with these oversized, not-quite-a-chair-but-not-quite-a-love-seat pieces. So comfy!

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Oh, right, the fact that Homemakers gives out free warm cookies and lemonade may have played a small part in our decision to stop by. ;)

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Well despite the ominous forecast, the weather did indeed clear up a bit this evening, so Ben is getting his wish and organizing the ingredients for a good ol’ beer brew. His buddies are coming over in a bit so I think I’ll go join them outside for some chit chat and a drink!

Have a great night!


Last-Minute Memorial Day Recipes

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