Menifee Foodie: BBQ Trio Offers That Southern Smoked Flavor

By Malissa Meeks

Shortly after I moved to the area, my good friend took me out to lunch. Knowing that I am a Southern belle and that Southerners enjoy good BBQ, she chose to take me to BBQ trio. We had great conversation, plenty of laughs, and good food. It was the perfect afternoon until we went out to her car and realized she had locked her keys in her car.

That didn't dampen my enthusiasm for the visit to BBQ Trio, the subject of today's restaurant review.

BBQ Trio is located at 30024 Haun Road in Menifee in the Countryside Marketplace. When I walked through the door, I was greeted with a hearty welcome from the employees working there. The restaurant was very clean and kid friendly. The menu is pretty typical of a BBQ restaurant.

The meats are smoked for 12 hours, using avocado wood for that extra smoky flavor. Everything on the menu is made fresh every day. The sauce is a sweet BBQ sauce and is delicious.

The Sweet Baked Beans include a couple of different types of beans and a great BBQ flavor. The corn bread was moist. The pulled pork was delicious. The fat had been removed and the meat was lean with that wonderful smoked flavor.

I ordered both the Baby Back Ribs and the Texas Long Horn Ribs. The meat was "fall off the bones" tender. The Long Horn Ribs had the perfect amount of char. I began eating the ribs like a true Southern belle, not wanting to get my fingers dirty, but after a few bites, I decided that these ribs were worth getting my hands and face messy.

I probably would not order the Sweet Potato Fries again. I felt they lacked flavor.

The menu offers a good combination of choices as well as Family Packs and a catering menu. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give BBQ Trio 4 spoons.

Malissa Meeks is a mother of seven who knows her way around the kitchen. By her estimate, she has prepared more than 42,000 meals over the years. She also knows what she likes in a good restaurant. Her column appears here every Tuesday. Leave comments here or email them to


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