eating indie in indy

Soul Bear Bar-B-Que 9120 Crawfordsville Rd. Clermont In.

We heard about this place when we had lunch at Jimbo’s, which is about a quarter-mile away. They don’t have a very big electronic foot print but I was able to find out enough to make me decide it was worth the drive. It is a basic BBQ joint with a basic menu. In addition to the usual pig and chicken they also sell fried fish.

Pat and I decided to share a full slab of ribs. A slab comes with 2 sides. Pat opted for greens while I decided on mac and cheese. Since we ate the same thing I only took 2 pictures. Unfortunately I screwed one up, so I can only show the one.

The pile of bones was huge. So big that we were able to eat our fill and have some left to take home.

I thought the ribs were pretty good. They had a good smokiness and while not falling off the bone they were still tender and juicy. I think they rank in the top 5 ribs I have had in the city. Their BBQ Sauce was excellent. We got medium and it had a bit of spice to it. They ladle sauce over the ribs just before service giving a nice puddle in the bottom to dip your bread in. The sides were rather small but with the pile of meat you get the sides are really secondary. I couldn’t make any comparison between this joint and Jimbo’s because Bear doesn’t do brisket. I can compare mac and cheese though and I liked Bears a bit more. It had a more “natural” cheese flavor.

It is a drive but I can see myself going back for the rib tips. Clermont is really a nice little town. It sits in the shadow of its more famous neighbor Speedway but it is doing pretty well on its own. Two BBQ joints, a coffee shop and a great little bar all within a half mile. It is large enough to support local business and still small enough to avoid the Starbucks encroachment. I think is a town with a future.

7 responses

  1. What odd prices those are with odd numbered endings. Dang, BBQ is expensive all around, but it’s a good thing you got some to go. Do you have a dog to give the bones to?

    May 18, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    • No but Pat has a neighbor dog; Pancho; who is more happy to take them. As far as BBQ pricing goes I believe folks think they should charge by the hour for the cooking time.

      May 19, 2017 at 7:58 am

      • Ha ha, now it makes sense! Slow and low ain’t free. Pancho is a great name for a dog.

        May 19, 2017 at 9:48 am

      • The second dog we had when I was a kid was named Pancho. A big furry Shetland Sheepdog.

        May 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      • 🙂 No Lefty?

        May 19, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      • I just noticed your response. Nope. No dog Lefty; but my first joint in New Mexico was called Jose and Lefty’s Southwest Grill. I was the Lefty because my partner’s nickname was Jose.

        May 21, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      • What a neat tidbit to know!

        May 22, 2017 at 11:15 am

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