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October 2, 2018

FULTON – For David James, smoking meat is second nature.

Especially ribs.

James smokes his ribs with apple wood chips and charcoal, and 4 to 6 hours later, the meat practically falls off the bone.

“I’ve just always smoked meat,” he said. “It all started with a friendly sibling rivalry at family cookouts, and it’s what I’m known for and it’s what I’m good at.”

That, and his special DJ’s own drool-inducing, homemade barbecue sauce.

James, who also owns the catering and events venue Gil’s Ballroom in Clinton, Iowa, crossed the Mississippi to open Fulton Steak and Ribs, 1107 Fourth St., on June 4.

The fine dining spot, formerly a Chinese restaurant, serves steak, ribs, prime rib, smoked catfish, smoked pork chops and their own special Chicken George in a cozy, intimate setting that seats about 70.

The steaks are all cut in-house, including char-grilled ribeye, sirloin, New York strip, bacon-wrapped filet and prime rib, served Fridays and Saturdays.

Have a big appetite? Ask for the DJ cut, and James will upgrade your portion.

Burgers, fish and shrimp, salads and a host of appetizers round out the menu.

James’ wife, Melinda, makes her Chicken George with a special concoction of seasonings and panko breadcrumbs, to create a taste James said is like no other.

You have to try it,” he said. “It’s got more flavor and less grease.”

There’s also a full bar, offering house wines, domestic beer and mixed drinks.

Not in the mood to mingle? Fulton Steak and Ribs has a full carry-out menu.

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