Burgers Etc. BBQ House

For quite a while I’ve been trying to drag the gang out to Burgers Etc. BBQ House. Usually we opt for some sort of Asian fare a little closer to the office. This Friday we finally made the trek up to Hastings and Gilmore for a BBQ feast!

Burgers Etc. is a bit of an eclectic joint…the walls festooned with Americana, license plates and various instruments. Gives it a nice, warm, den-like atmosphere. The BBQ-smoke-infused air does nothing but help the appetite along…

Along with pretty decent BBQ, they offer up a variety of solid beers (and Budweiser), sodas as well as their own BBQ sauce.

This was, I think, my third trip to Burgers Etc. BBQ House. The first time, I had their “award-winning” burger. Although I can find no mention of this contest on the web, they claim to be the winner of CTV’s Best Burger in Vancouver. On my second trip I went with the BBQ Ribs and Beef Brisket Combo. The ribs weren’t all that special but the brisket oh, that brisket!

This time round, I’m here for the full meal deal…The Menu Sampler.

The Menu Sampler, as you can see, is six BBQ items plus three side dishes. This is one of two platters.

Our platter includes two ribs, two “Italian” sausages, two pieces of chicken, five wings and a pile each of brisket and pulled pork. Alongside are a damn good coleslaw, fairly good fries and some sub-par baked kidney beans.

Of the six BBQ items, the brisket, for me, was the standout. Really good smokiness, tender yet chewy, cut just right.

The Pulled Pork included a lot of pulled fat…some tasty bits but a load of greazy bits as well. The Spicy Italian Sausage was, well, not “Italian” and definitely not “Spicy“. It came across as an inferior product you’d grab a case of at Sysco. Maybe spend a few bucks at any of the nearby Italian butchers, no? As for the BBQ Ribs, I wouldn’t know. After a bunch of dried out and fatty Q, I fobbed them off on my neighbors.

As for the BBQ Chicken, I had a somewhat dried-out leg and a couple of nicely spiced yet also dry Wings. As the gluttony wound down, The Gut was handed a breast from our neighbor’s platter. As he tore a chunk off, it splintered. I swore that I saw dust.

One thing that saved this meal was the sauce. Although a bit sweet, it had the full-flavor a BBQ sauce requires.

What a shame. All these delicious cuts of meat used to be so tender and juicy. Then they saw a bit too much grill.

Shelling out $25 didn’t help much neither.

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4 responses

  1. DearLeader

    The burger was good but not great…was expecting better especially when they claim to be ‘Best Burger in Vancouver’ as voted by CTV. Maybe Squire owns the place…hmmm =)

    November 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    • Karl

      A “great burger” in Burnaby is a rare find. We may have to make a trek to Burger Heaven out in New West…….

      December 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm

  2. For a great burger in Burnaby, you might want to try Little Billy’s, a little bit further east on Hastings…
    I still love the ribs and brisket at Burgers Etc., though. It’s a quick fix for BBQ, if you don’t want to drive all the way to Commercial Dr. for Memphis Blues. I still have yet to find a BBQ restaurant that serves good BBQ chicken. Ironically, it seems like only Costco can churn out moist and flavourful BBQ chicken…

    December 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    • Karl

      Thanks for the tip, Munchkie. I’ve noticed Little Billy’s but thought of them more as a steakhouse. Definitely worth checking out real soon.

      The brisket at Burgers Etc. is one of my favorite things…the rest of the BBQ was quite overcooked, very dry. Stellar slaw, though. Sad that Costco comes up for great BBQ chicken…or is it rotisserie?

      December 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

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