Loveland, Colorado – Nordy’s BBQ & Grill

by Mijune on October 18, 2009 · 8 comments

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Restaurant: Nordy’s BBQ & Grill
Cuisine: Barbeque/American
Last visited: October 9, 09
Area: Loveland, Colorado
Address: 4360 St. Cloud Drive
Price Range: $10-20USD

1Poor 2OK 3Good 4Very good 5Excellent 6Tres Excellent!!

Food: 3.5
Service: 4
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 3.5
Additional comments:

  • Beer & BBQ
  • Best baked beans EVER
  • BBQ meats were just ok
  • Homemade desserts
  • They don’t waste – use leftover meats for baked beans
  • Use leftover cornbread for croutons
  • Busy/crowded/line-ups
  • Casual, lively atmosphere
  • Family/kid-friendly
  • M-F All you can eat lunch buffet $9.50USD

**Recommendation: Aunt Judy’s Beans, Maple syrup cornbread muffins, croutons

As you can see, none of my recommendations were their BBQ meats. There are a million of these BBQ joints in North America and I’ve been to a handful – I almost always order the “feed a tiny country” platters. So I’m quite familiar with my barbeque. I do like Texas BBQ, but this was various styles of barbeque and not really authentic to any particular region. I’ve generally had better tasting versions of all of the meats Nordy’s offered. It was packed with locals and you can tell it’s a local favourite, so I’m assuming it’s one of their best barbeque houses in the area.

I was a bit frustrated that the portions on the platter was a bit off too. They gave hardly any beef brisket and pulled pork and it was just loaded with ribs and chicken and the ribs weren’t that great. You needed a bite of everything to enjoy this platter, but it didn’t help that the brisket and pork ran out way before the others.

On the table:**Aunt Judy’s Beans - 6/6

  • This was the best baked beans I’ve ever had in my life!
  • It has pinto beans, navy beans & black beans!
  • They used the leftover smoked meats from the day and add it to the baked beans. So it’s loaded with all their meats like brisket, sausage, pulled pork and bacon!
  • These beans are almost like a really saucy stew. Thick, rich, hearty and incredibly flavourful with molasses and brown sugar.
  • It was savoury from all the meats and sweet and tangy from the sauce.
  • The texture is amazing because you get chunks of random BBQ meats and various types of beans. I’ve never had anything like it. It’s a meal in itself.
  • It tasted like BBQ sauce so I used it for everything else on the platter especially since nothing else was smothered in BBQ sauce. The beans worked perfectly!
  • I even dipped my cornbread into it. SO GOOD!

St. Louis Style Ribs - 2/6

  • They call them “falling off the bone” but they definitely were not.
  • They say they cook it for 5 hours too. But we all had to work to get the meat off the bone.
  • They didn’t boil the ribs first which was good, but they still weren’t very tender and I was definitely working hard to get the meat off the bone.
  • They used this dry rub that could have been better because it just tasted salty.
  • It was also a bit too charred and the meat wasn’t tender so it didn’t help the situation.
  • They do give you a lot though and they are really big pork ribs if that counts for anything.

BBQ Beef Brisket - 3.5/6

  • The menu says “Even Texans are envious of this”… but I was actually dining WITH three Texans and they weren’t.
  • Yes, it was very tender, but the cut they used was really lean which made it not as juicy as it could have been.
  • You know you’re getting good brisket when they let you select your cut. For example hole in the wall chain restaurant, Rudy’s BBQ in Texas, let’s you select the amount of fat for your brisket: Moist (fat is marbled) or Lean (little fat)
  • It was soft and tender, but it still required me to use my knife and fork.
  • You can tell by the way it’s folding in the picture… really tender beef brisket would just break apart with little effort.
  • They gave us 4 strips of beef brisket and it was barely enough in proportion to everything else.

Smoked Sausage - 4/6

  • Big, fat, plump, and juicy – this one was a general favourite but it was also really salty. I had to alternate bites of it with something else.

Down Home Roasted Chicken2.5/6

  • Large pieces of chicken and it was slow roasted with a dry rub and served with a crispy skin.
  • It was actually really tender and moist and cooking it with the skin helped lock in the moisture.
  • It didn’t have an outstanding flavour or anything, and I couldn’t see or taste the dry rub, but they did a good job on the roasting.

Carolina Pork3.5/6

  • It’s hickory smoked and chopped to order.
  • They didn’t give us enough of this either. The pulled pork is the tiny pile beside the beef brisket.
  • It was good pulled pork, but Ive had better. There was nothing special about this one. It tasted great with the beans though.

Maple Syrup Cornbread Muffins - 5/6

  • These were great! Buttery, soft and moist! They bake them in house daily so they’re really fresh!
  • They had perfectly browned tops and a maple syrup glaze to give them a slight sweetness and gloss. We ordered extras!
  • Pasta Slaw – 2/6 – It was cole slaw with macaroni. Nothing special. Really really standard and too watery.

Garden Salad- Notice the croutons!

**Croutons - 6/6

  • They use the left over cornbread muffins from that day to make these. It tastes like sweet corn bread biscotti! So crunchy and so good!
  • We ordered an extra bowl of just croutons.
  • That’s one thing I loved about Nordy’s - they waste nothing!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 KimHo October 18, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Slow cooked meat. Where you can go wrong with that? And, ah, the beans… Slow cooked with some molasses and some meat… (drool!)

2 Dean April 10, 2010 at 9:07 am

I have been a fan of great hard wood smoked meats of all kinds since childhood.
Imagine my pleasant surprise to find that the best smoke meat I’ve ever tasted was being
prepared just a few miles from my home.
In short, NORDY’S BBQ is the absolute BEST BBQ in NOCO.
I’ve had them 3 times in the last 2 weeks. LOL
Try it! You won’t be sorry!!

3 Mijune April 11, 2010 at 1:11 am

Lol thanks for posting Dean! I’m happy you feel so passionate about it…I have tried it already – hence the post :) However in m opinion Texas BBQ is much better….I think parts of Nordy’s is fantastic…but some of their meats could be more tender. The beans were the best I think YUM!!

4 BrsktFan March 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

Nordy’s is hands down my favorite smoke house in the area. Serious Texas BBQ was a poor experience (twice) for me and will not return there as they need serious lessons in how to trim and cook St Louis style ribs and their sides are lacking in flavor and portion. Best deal for Nordy’s is to go during the week between 11 and 2 for lunch. $10 gets you the buffet and a chance to try most of there smoked products and their great sides (pasta slaw and the beans are the best I’ve ever had!).

5 Mijune March 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

@brsktFan – Thanks for you comment and tips! Texas is not know for St. Louis style ribs, so that would surprise me really. However I guess it’s not really fair to generalize all Texas BBQ and say ALL their sides lack flavour etc…. unless you’ve tried them all… ? Glad to hear your passion for Nordy’s and thanks for sharing.

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