Since I last blogged about the McRib, a fake rib sandwich, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about some actual ribs.
Unfortunately, the ones I found at Space Aliens in Grand Forks were lacking.
I ordered the regular platter of four ribs for $12.99. The menu says the award-winning ribs are “expertly seasoned with over 20 spices, then slowly smoked in our authentic Bar-B-Que smokers.”
You can get your choice of sides like cole slaw, fries, or baked beans among others.
I got the cole slaw and “outer space fries” to go with the ribs. When the slab came out, it was overcooked and overly fatty. There were some bits of char on the meat that, when I crunched down on them, filled my mouth with the taste of an ashtray. There wasn’t a whole lot of meat on them either.
The cole slaw tasted like it was sitting in the kitchen for a few days. But the fries were surprisingly good. They were the best part of the meal.
The menu also includes a number of appetizers, soups, salads, quesadillas, burritos, brisket, shredded pork, steaks, chicken dinners, sandwiches and burgers.
I haven’t tried many of the other dishes at Space Aliens. I went there a few months after it opened and never really came back.
The brisket I had then was dry and the portion was very small.
Also, beer in the bar is expensive.
I’d recommend finding another place for tasty ribs. Just a few feet away from Space Aliens is Texas Roadhouse. I have their ribs a few times and there were very good. I’ve heard good things about Speedway’s version, too.