Although the Backyard BBQ Board is available for $50 to anyone at the restaurant, it’s best enjoyed as part of the Base Camp Tents experience, which includes a smorgasbord of attractive, shareable appetizers served in a setting straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. The barbecue board is the exclamation point at the end of this menu, and it changes based on what’s available any given day from Ladybird’s smoker. In this case, it was pork spareribs, cheddarwurst sausage, chopped pork, half a chicken, two kinds of barbecue sauce, pickles, Texas toast and a side of mac and cheese.
One of the pleasures of the barbecue board is its do-it-yourself, mix-and-match nature. Have a few bites of saucy chopped pork on Texas toast, then try the chicken with classic red barbecue sauce or tangy Alabama white sauce. Dig into a meaty sparerib, conveniently sliced into an individual portion, and finish it off with a pickle. Try to wolf down as much mac and cheese as you can before you’re forced to share.