There rarely seems to be a correlation between barbecue competition prowess and great restaurant barbecue

— Daniel Vaughn

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Smoke Daddy's Review of Brothers Bar Bq

Weighted Overall
6.3

MAIN FARE:Brothers Whole Crew

  • Cabrito - Oh, this is GOOD! It makes up for the cabrito disaster across the street at Coopers.  The texture is somewhat coarse, but the meat just melts in the mouth...
  • Rib - Got the end of the rack again.  There's still alot of meat on the bone.  Coarse texture with a bit of chew... then magically this flavoful, buttery rib melts in your mouth (that's twice I've written 'melts in your mouth' in the same review).
  • Brisket - Tough & Lean.  Mesquite grilled?
  • Pork Chop - Fatty cut of chop, but the flavor and texture remind me of the rib!
  • Sausage - Very firm .  Nicely spiced with a bit of heat on the finish.  Better than Coopers, but the spice profile is not my preference.Brothers Crew
  • Hot sausage - Oh, now this is how I like it!  Spicy goodness here.  Both sausages are sourced from Hudson's in Austin.
  • Sirloin - Tough.  Need a chainsaw.
  • Pork Steak - Pretty much like the sirloin.

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Smoke Daddy's Review of Coopers Barbeque

Weighted Overall
7.4

MAIN FARE:Coopers Big Chops (Double-Boners)

  • Chop - Oh, man.  Here we go again... another gargantuan pork chop.  Wow, this is a great chop!  Juicy and flavorful - total winner here.
  • Brisket - Nice flavors here.  Cooked directly over mesquite coals... I like it.
  • Sirloin - Mmmmmmmm. The texture is like velvet... it just melts in your mouth.  Again, great flavor.
  • Rib - Too heavy on the salty rub, but the flavor of the meat is good.  However, this rib is tough and chewy.
  • Sausage - Eckrich from the grocery?
  • Cabrito - Overcooked.  Not completely dried out, but close.  A shame.Dbl-Boner at Coopers Retort

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Smoke Daddy's Review of Burnet County Bar-B-Que

Weighted Overall
7.05

<<Note: It looks like this business has changed hands since our visit. As of Jan 2013, it is listed as "Bar-B-Q Shak" run by Robert and Penny Payne.>>

MAIN FARE:Burnet County Crew

  • Brisket - Nice smoke ring. Good texture with the fat melting into the meat (fully rendered). Moist... this is good!
  • Rib - End rib... how is it that I always get stuck with the end of the rack??? Dry and chewy. Good flavor here on a smoky rib, but even that cannot rescue this one.
  • Sausage - Elgin hots. Man they do good things with this sausage! It is not made here, but I like it better than at Southside Market.

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Smoke Daddy's Review of Inmans Ranch House Bar-B-Q

Weighted Overall
7.3

MAIN FARE:Inmans Ranch House Kitchen

  • Moist/Fatty Brisket - This is a good slice-o-brisket! Very flavorful... fat has rendered and makes this mighty tasty.
  • Lean Brisket - Nice texture.  Good flavor. It is tender, but with a bit of a chew on the finish.
  • Turkey Sausage <<not rated>> - Firm and tightly packed. 100%  boneless, skinless turkey used here.  Nicely seasoned but very mild.  Good pink ring around the outside. Why no rating? See Criteria for true Barbecue on this page.

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Smoke Daddy's Review of Cartwrights Bar-B-Q

Weighted Overall
6.05

<<Note: Cartwright's has closed>>

MAIN FARE:T-Bone pointing out a very important date at Cartwrights

  • Brisket - Nice flavor & good texture, but maybe a little dry.  Good.
  • Ribs - very smoky. Tender and pulls off the bone.  A little chewy.
  • Pork Loin - Nice color & smoke ring.  Tender.  Gosh, this is good meat (only pork loin so far this year).
  • Sausage - Not much 'snap' to the casing, but good texture inside and nice spice.

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Gaining clarity on the Dallas mini-tour

This morning:

  1. I recieved an email from a friend, saying that he wants to update me on his plans to install a pico-sized brewing system at his Lakewood home.
  2. Then I saw a notice that Lakewood Brewery is coming to Richardson to host a beer tasting in a couple of weeks.
  3. And finally, I found this handy guide of local (DFW) breweries and their tour operations/attractions (click headline below to be taken to the full article).

This all started me thinking about incorporating a local brewery (and maybe also a tap room for the end of the trail) into our planned Dallas mini-tour.  A few good barbecue joints, a brewery, and a tap room sounds like just the ticket! A beautiful day, this brewery guide, our list of DFW BBQ Tour targets, and a GPS.  That's all we need.  I'm getting hungry!

 

 

Get to know your DFW craft breweries by Brentney Hamilton - PegasusNews

 

Brentney's Guide contains:

Smoke Daddy's Review of Smittys Market

Weighted Overall
8.1

MAIN FARE:Smittys Crew

  • Pork Chop - Oh my.  Juicy.  Good flavor.  On par with Kreuz: Better up front, but meat is a little chewy on the finish.
  • Lean - Very good, but maybe a bit too firm today (similar to Mueller's)?
  • Moist/Fatty - Marbled mix of meat and fat. Better than Kreuz.
  • Sausage - Good flavor, but insides are "mushy".
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Smoke Daddy's Review of City Market

Weighted Overall
8.05

MAIN FARE:Terri with the coldest Shiner of the tour at City Market

  • Ribs - What can I say?  These are GREAT ribs... maybe best of the tour!  Outstanding.
  • Brisket - Lean.  Got an end piece... kinda like burnt ends.  Still good.  Lots of flavor in this meat .  Tried again and it was better, but not up to their highest standard.
  • Sausage - Good flavor here... mild.  A bit greasy today and the casing was tough.  

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Austin's Top 10 BBQ by Mike Sutter - Fed Man Walking

OK, so this list has already been out a few months, but I love to collect them from wherever I find them.  Visit Mike Sutter's Fed Man Walking site to read the write-ups and view his Barbecue porn.  It’s a shame we won't get to review John's place, but he'll need to stay put for more than a year before we'll consider a visit.

Smoke Daddy's Review of Kreuz Market - New

Weighted Overall
8.75

MAIN FARE:Kreuz Entrance

  • Fatty - A little tough today... even when compared to the lean.  Great flavor, though.
  • Lean - Damn, that's the best lean so far -- and may be the best overall.  Outstanding!
  • Sausage - Really good flavor here, with a nice delayed spice effect.  Casing is very firm, but the texture  of the meat is 'soft' on the inside.
  • Prime Rib - Fabulous! Man, this is good stuff!
  • Pork - Moist, tender, and good.

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