Troy's in Boynton Delivers BBQ Goodness

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John Linn
For me, passing a barbecue stand on the side of the road is like seeing a leprechaun handing out gold bullion -- I pull my car over as fast as possible and get in line. So when I came across Troy's Bar-Be-Que this weekend, I had to check it out.

I've heard some good things about Troy's, a red shack on the corner of Federal Hwy. and Martin Luther King Blvd. in Boynton Beach. Mostly that they don't necessarily plunk their pig parts in a smoker and leave them there for hours at a time; rather, their cue is more on the grilled side. When I arrived, I peeked around the corner of the rib shack and noticed a barrel smoker that was wide open and chugging away, sort of like an open pit. I'm not sure I'd say the process invalidates Troy's as real BBQ, but the end result tastes pretty swell. I purchased a big rib dinner with five meaty spears and a pile of mac and cheese and collard greens, as well as a sliced pork sandwich on a sesame seed-studded bun. For less than $20, it was a ton of food.

The ribs themselves were coated in a rich, tomato and vinegar sauce with maybe a hint of mustard -- it was slightly sweet and tangy, and not too spicy. Just OK. But the meat was exceptionally  juicy with a nice amount of bark on the surface. It also struck a nice medium between fall-off-the-bone tenderness and meaty bite. The sides were just so-so, the mac and cheese being a little dry and the collards a little plain. Accompanying corn bread was dusty as an old boot.

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John Linn
The pork sandwich features fresh-cut slices of pork topped with more sauce -- good stuff as well. The slices were tender and rich with porky flavor, and were packed in such quantity that the bun couldn't stand up at all. It fell apart halfway through eating it -- a sweeter, stickier bun may have held up better.

Troy's is just a half-dozen blocks down the road from another Boynton cue shack, Rufus Ribs. Which one you frequent probably amounts to proximity and personal preference, as they both have a very similar taste. I'd give Rufus' sides a slight edge; same thing with Troy's ribs.

Both, however, are worth immediately pulling off the road when you pass them by.

Troy's Bar-Be-Que
1017 N Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach
561-740-1125
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