Oh my holy weekend treasure.
Driving around Jingletown last weekend with my pal David, we found a true Oakland gem-- the historic family run Everette & Jones are running a Saturday/Sunday only pop-up backyard BBQ.
The smoke and BBQ aroma lured us from blocks away, and somehow eating it in the outdoors with the proprietors chatting us up made their legendary ribs and brisket even more delicious.
After some serious snuggle time with Jim, I humbly asked what style of BBQ they make--after all many regions have their own styles that are always considered "right". The answer:
"We make Oakland Style. Oakland. With the Oak-wood from Oakland."
Fall off the bone, juicy, slowly escalating heat BBQ served with coleslaw, potato salad, greens and two slices of wheat bread. And a healthy dose of pride. Sounds like the "right" way to me.
E&J is Oakland. Started in 1973 by Dorothy Everette with a $700 loan from a friend, the business has remained family owned since day one. Our grill-masters in the yard had each apprenticed with Dorothy and the lineage of masters extends through generations.
For total amateurs like myself, they are going to be offering workshops on grilling and BBQ. Um. Yes.
LOCATION: Alameda side of 880 in Jingletown... I have no idea the street address--when looking at their website there is zero information and while I was eating I was completely tuned out to everything else. No address? Makes the hunt all the better. Just go and sniff your way there--without a doubt it is worth the adventure.
TIP: Bring your own plates and cutlery if you're local