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Barbecue Tours | "Show us your pits"

There's not much point in complaining about high-tech barbecue. It serves a purpose, and it's here to stay. And no doubt the quality of it will keep on improving. But as the old barbecue joints slowly disappear, each one that remains becomes a bigger treasure.

— Robb Walsh

The Art of Smoke, originally published in The Houston Press

Smoke Daddy's Review of Big Smiths Bar-B-Q

Weighted Overall
8

MAIN FARE:Big Smiths Crew

  • Beef Rib: Mmmm. Greasy and flavorful; Beefy. This is the ONLY one!
  • Brisket: This is good. It has a little more fat than others we've seen today (= more flavor). Good texture; moist.
  • Spare Rib: Good. Meat & Fat melted together; nice texture; doesn't pull off the bone. Good smoke ring, but where's the flavor?
  • Pork: Nice texture; little fat around & through is good; nice smoke ring.
  • Hot Link: Good smoke ring; spicy. The casing is almost a part of the meat - very nice.
  • Sausage: A bit salty. Very firm, almost crunchy. Casing is not tough.

OTHER FARE:

Smoke Daddy's Review of Outlaws Bar-B-Que

Weighted Overall
8

MAIN FARE:Outlaws Counter

  • Sausage: Beefy & good! Nice spices; course ground. Good grease content -- supplied out of Austin?
  • Brisket: Thick cut; firm, stand-up brisket. Tender & good meaty/beefy flavor.
  • Spare Rib: Good flavor, pulls away from the bone in long chunks. Got another rib, and this is a whole different experience... mmmmm.

OTHER FARE:

Smoke Daddy's Review of Bobs Barbecue

Weighted Overall
6.6
  • Bobs CrewQuotable: 'My Daddy don't let nobody see the pits.' -- The staff at Bob's
  • Plus: Old fashioned cheese! Good, good, good!
  • Sauce: Tomato and vinegar - Tangy.

Smoke Daddy's Review of Country Tavern

Weighted Overall
7.9
  • Minus: Nobody allowed back to see the pits (we were told this was a workman's comp issue)
  • Minus: They sauced the ribs!!! Ugh. You'd think we'd learn our lesson and request them 'dry' every time...
  • Spare Rib: Sweet rub - brown sugar. Greasy, greasy... Mmmmm good. Melts in your mouth. Good hickory flavor. These are BIG ribs, too -- I normally associate toughness with ribs this size, but not this time!

dbarrow's Review of Holy Smokes

Weighted Overall
6.129
  • Brisket: Very moist and flavorful with a tad too much cumin.
  • Sauce: Fair, nothing special.
  • Sides: Tater salad is heavy on the dill. Slaw, baked beans, pinto beans are all just fine.
  • Sausage: Greasy and

ssweeney's Review of Blalock Bar-B-Que

Weighted Overall
5.3735
  • Sausage: Good meaty/beefy flavor. Course ground with black pepper in the mix. Maybe a bit oversmoked?
  • Mystery Meat: Very starchy... blood sausage? Yuck, this isn't something I like.
  • Brisket: Firm; lean, but with go

crosen's Review of Hickory Fare Bar-B-Que

Weighted Overall
7.0985
  • Sausage: Good meaty, fatty sensation, tender as well
  • Spare Rib: It only took one bite, good fat/meat content, firm texture
  • Overall: The food was awesome! I tried to pace myself, but the sausage, sauce, & ribs were t

crosen's Review of Country Tavern

Weighted Overall
6.55
  • Brisket: Pretty tender, very flavorful, sweet rub. Very happy with tenderness and taste of brisket.
  • Spare Rib: Best ribs yet! Very tender, great flavor, sweet rub, loved it!
  • Sauce: Sweet, very vinegary, not my style<

crosen's Review of Carters Bar-B-Que

Weighted Overall
8.347
  • Boudin: Pasty, gooey, spicy
  • Overall: This place was the best so far and one of the best ever. I like it all!
  • Sauce: smoky, spicy, tangy, and sweet
  • Sausage: good, smoky flavor, good casing, spicy afterta

bkarau's Review of Neelys Brown Pig Barbecue

Weighted Overall
3.62
  • Atmosphere: Boxy, strip mall exterior. Small pit and trash everywhere. Too many women here. Wait staff inside, but countertop and pictures are good.
  • Beans: Clean and firm.
  • Coleslaw: Finely cut and grainy. Spicy t
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