Today, I had to run a few errands with my bride and we found ourselves in a rural community that we don’t often visit, New Baden, IL. As we entered town, I spotted a BBQ Joint that I haven’t been to before. So, after we completed our errands, we circled back and had lunch there.
As we parked, I saw 2 Ole Hickory smokers under cover near the front door and there was a smell of hickory smoker in the air. Both, a very good sign.
Right off, I noticed a couple of very unique things about this joint. First, the counter was a converted off-set pit. I thought that was a very cool touch.
The other thing I noticed is a live feed of a video camera mounted directly over a butcher block table in the kitchen where they are slicing brisket, chopping pork shoulder, etc. I’ve never seen this in another BBQ joint and enjoyed watching the staff slice my brisket before brigning it out to my table.
All of this had my expectations pretty high. I ordered sliced brisket with a side of house chips, and my bride ordered her usual pulled pork sandwich and BBQ beans. At first glance, it all looked good. There was a nice smoke ring on the brisket and it had been trimmed enough that there was a just the right amount of fat along one side of the slices.
The BBQ was decent. The pulled pork was good, but a little bland. The brisket was tasty, but a little chewier than I prefer. The house chips weren’t much more than kettle cooked potatoe chips, and my wife described the BBQ beans as “the worst she had ever had”. In fairness, her comments reflect a personal bias. That is a bias against beans with an overpowering flavor of molasses and apple pie. They were unique and very sweet, but not my cup of tea either.
Here’s how I’d rate my trip to A Fine Swine in New Baden, IL.
- BBQ – B
- Side Dishes – C
- Atmosphere – A
- Value – B
- Overall – B+
If you find yourself in the area, I would recommend you give them a try. i know I will the next time I find myself in New Baden.
Here’s how to find them:
A Fine Swine
423 Hanover St.
New Baden, IL 62265