By: Kiel Watson

Dearborn isn’t a city well known for BBQ, but we have a few options for those that are looking for some slow-smoked ribs without going for a bit of a drive or taking a trip downtown to Slow’s. Located on Telegraph just south of Warren Rd. The Bone Yard BBQ offers award winning smoked meats for takeout and dining in.

The center attraction at The Bone Yard is the ribs. Whether you go for the standard full or half-slab or get their short-end special the ribs at the bone yard are smoked over their open-fire rotisserie like they have been since operations began in 1972.

The menu is comfort food, with ribs, chicken both bbq and broasted (pressure fried), burgers sandwiches and the like. With the exception of the soups and salads it seems most of the offerings are either bbq or fried, and that’s OK.  The one thing missing from the menu that many bbq fans may miss is brisket.

I had the pleasure of sampling the ribs and chicken. The ribs themselves tasted great on their own, and the house bbq sauce they come with has a spicy tang that went well with both items. The chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender. If it’s any endorsement my dog ignored the ribs and ate nearly half a chicken while I was out of the room (she’s fine.) I advise just tearing into the chicken with your hands like the ribs, it’s great with the bbq sauce.

After seeing pictures of the mac’ and cheese I regret not ordering it, but it seems like the ribs really are the center attraction here, having been what earned The Bone Yard best bbq from the Detroit Free Press three years in a row. As far as sides go, all the entrees come with a generous slab or garlic bread, and you have the healthier option of a baked potato as well.

Between the lure of the meat and the mac’ and cheese The Bone Yard is worth a second visit.