The more I think about barbecue, the more I start thinking that it’s one of our most important road food traditions.  The reason that it remains vital, besides the fact it’s good, is that it cannot be tamed.  It can’t be gotten out of a can; it can’t be frozen ahead.  BBQ doesn’t negotiate, and it suffers fools badly.  Barbecue requires time, smoke, and above all, skill.  Which is why attempts to corporatize it ultimately fail.

— Alton Brown

Feasting on Asphalt, Episode 2 - I Smell Pork

ssweeney's Review of Leons BarBQ

  • Sides: Beans - smoked overnight on the pit; sweet & soft... almost a mush, but a GOOD mush! Slaw - very good; vinegar and a little spice; creamy.
  • Atmosphere: History of around 30 years. They make everthing from scratch in this place; use inside round instead of brisket; and pork tenderloin rather than boston butt. They 'don't compete on cost'.
  • Spare Rib: Finally some spice in the rub! Nice. Good hickory smoke mingled with spice. Pulls off the bone with a tug... not quite melting in my mouth, but a darn good rib!
  • Pork Loin: Sliced very thin... dries out quickly, so it was a little dry. Good, but hard to judge on this samle. Got a thicker slice and it was mo' better.
  • Beef: Again, dry b/c of the slice; good meat - not fatty at all; good flavor. Texture suffers b/c of the way its cut; Its a roast - not marbled with enough fat for my preference...
  • Atmosphere: This joint was recommended by serveral sources while in Shreveport, so we felt compelled to check it out before leaving town. It was the first non-Texas barbecue included on any BBQ Tour... and for the most part, lived up to the hype.
  • Minus: The meat was sliced thin for Po-Boy sandwiches (their specialty). Using our method of evaluation, the meat dried out quickly. Our recommenation: order the Po-Boy... we wish we did.
  • Plus: Donut Palace was right next door... We reaped the benefit of their generosity (and scored a free box of donuts for the road trip! Thanks!!!
  • Hot Link: Nice - Pork/Beef mix; Great meaty flavor without being too greasy. Nice spice on finish.
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