Unluckily, at that hour, they’d run out of pretty much everything edible except for three orders of BBQ ribs, which we snapped up pronto. Not going to lie, though: I’d schlepped down there with a strong craving for pulled pork, which I’d read was amazing in texture and marinade, and I’d even stopped off at a bakery for my own buns as an accompaniment (i.e., I love pulled pork sandwiches).
But OK, I don’t want to lose *all* touch with reality, lol. There are worse things one could “settle for” than smoky BBQ ribs, so we paid our 21 quid (£7 a serving) and found a patch of grass near the London Eye to enjoy the Thames view and our smoked goodies.
Oddly, our ribs had an amazing texture, a good ratio of fat and meat, and pretty much zero seasoning. How is that possible? Based on the texture, the ribs had obviously been cooked for a long time. But I tasted no spice, little salt and definitely no tang or sweetness. Maybe we were supposed to get a separate dipping sauce?
The wonderfully tangy pickles at the bottom of the cardboard take-away box added some much-needed flavor, and I was hoping the slaw might help out, too. But here’s what the slaw looked like:
Whoever was on chop-up-the-cabbage duty totally slacked off. I don’t mind the odd big piece of cabbage, but the majority of our slaw was comprised of huge chunks of red cabbage, and I didn’t taste much dressing (whether vinegar or mayo based). A pretty pointless accompaniment to the ribs.
I almost forgot to mention the hunk of greasy grilled bread that comes in the box. The bread is soaked in fatty pig juices, which is nice, but it’s *so* soaked in juices that it’s soggy, which is not so nice.
So maybe you have to show up earlier in the day to get the good stuff. Or maybe this is just another summer food stand that we shouldn’t take too seriously. But it seems that Pitt Cue Co. aims to be something better than “just another food stand,” in which case, there’s room for improvement, at least on the consistency front.
(If you try out Pitt Cue and they’ve run out of food, I’d recommend walking a bit east to the Dishoom pop-up restaurant next to Royal Festival Hall).
Pitt Cue Co. BBQ, under the Hungerford Bridge near Royal Festival Hall from 1pm to about 10pm (but the later you show up in the day, the more likely they’ve run out of food), 7 days a week; closest Tube stations: Embankment or Waterloo.