JT’s Rib Shack Jul15


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JT’s Rib Shack

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Rating: 4.8/5 (4 votes cast)

I’ll give this one away right from the start: Fantastic food. Terrible atmosphere. JT’s Rib Shack offers melt-in-your-mouth barbecue that’s smoked with cherry wood in an outdoor smoker. Delicious!

I tried JT’s for the first time today when my coworker insisted we stop for a quick bite.  My first impression was that it was a dump.  Maybe it’s called the Shack because it’s not much more than that.  Just a small brick building uncomfortably close to busy Frankstown Road in Penn Hills.  The shop sign is done in graffiti which covers most of the front of the building with the restaurant name and phone number.  A cook was outside the building working an industrial smoker as we pulled up.

Once inside, there was nothing much to look at and there were only a handful of tables.  But the owner, JT, was there and was very welcoming. He helped me order a pulled pork sandwich topped with cole slaw.   Since I wasn’t in the mood for something spicy, JT let me taste three options of milder sauces: the house, mustard, and a combination of both.  I was impressed with all three but picked the combination.

The sandwich came and was bigger than I expected, much too big to pick up and eat. This sandwich requires a knife and fork.  Never frozen and smoked for 12 hours … this pulled pork is among the best I’ve ever had. Scrumptious.

But I would recommend getting take out….and enjoying it somewhere much more comfortable than inside the Rib Shack.

JT’s Rib Shack
11814 Frankstown Road Penn Hills
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JT's Rib Shack, 4.8 out of 5 based on 4 ratings