I'm not saying that I haven't found spectacular plates of barbecue during my travels. I have. But the standouts were few and far between, and all of 'em at places that still cook exclusively with wood.

— Jim Shahin

Austin Chronicle

bkarau's Review of Brians BBQ

  • Pulled Pork: Very tender, but lacks flavor. Great texture, though.
  • Coleslaw: Tangy - twang of apricot. Medium chop. Very good
  • Sauce: Strong vinegar punch with cayenne. Coarse pepper grind
  • Potato Salad: Mashed. Mustardy. Bitter finish
  • Spare Rib: Good smoke and bark. Pulls clean. More bite would make it a high 4
  • Sausage: Good. May be store-bought, but tastes great. Nice casing and a good pop
  • Brisket: Firm. Great hickory taste. Great bark and rub. Outstanding.
  • Atmosphere: Good dead animals, especially the dual buffalo head and ass on a thru-mount. Cheesy tablecloths, though
  • Beans: Pintos: Great texture, but no punch
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