Earlier this May, Re-Up BBQ food cart graduated from carts to concrete with the opening of their first bricks and mortar restaurant at New Westminster’s River Market. The newly minted barbeque shop sits nondescriptly behind two open garage shutters amongst the newly revitalized food court.
(Above: Plate of barbeque chicken and ribs with a side of “magic” potatoes and biscuit.)
We haven’t had the pleasure of sampling the food cart, so this was our first foray in Re-Up’s BBQ offering. Case and I selected a two meat platter: slow smoked ribs (an extra $2) and chicken with a side of roughly mashed potatoes and a country biscuit.
The smoke in the chicken and ribs was ridiculous — permeating every fibre of the tender, but not quite fall apart, meat. The barbeque sauce was almost inconsequential. So thankfully it was sparingly brushed on to simply give a flavour boost.
(Above: House brewed sweet iced tea.)
Accompanying our barbeque platter was a pile of awkwardly beaten, but tasty mashed potatoes lovingly dubbed ”magic” potatoes. The biscuit was a bit crustier than we prefer on the outside, but filled with buttery, crumbly goodness. No barbeque would be complete without the cloudy, southern sweet iced tea home brewed with orange pekoe.
(Above: We re-upped with the pulled pork sandwich)
Not quite done with Re-Up yet, we followed up the platter with their famed pulled pork sandwich: a nice balance of juicy, smoke riddled pork topped with generous barbeque gravy, crisp slaw stuffed in a a light, crusty Portugese bun.
(Above: Vancouver artist, Scott Sueme working out some graphics at Re-Up’s River Market edition.)
At just under $34 including taxes and tips, Re-Up isn’t a cheap meal by any means. However, given the respect shown to the slow smoked meats, we’re glad there’s a decent Barbeque around town. Oh, and the staff are pretty swell. Say hi, I’m pretty sure they don’t bite.
Perfect for: Barbeque with a waterfront view.
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