...saying that labor costs can be held down by not having it cooked slowly over a wood fire by a sullen man with a squint was like saying that a symphony orchestra would be cheaper without the violins.

— Calvin Trillin

Feeding a Yen

ssweeney's Review of Ranch House Bar-B-Que

Tour: 
  • Coleslaw: Regular, but with some added vinegar twang
  • Potato Salad: sMashed texture; mustard-based. Good.
  • Potato Salad: Jalapeno: Mayo based and good! Chunky… I love it.
  • Beans: BBQ beans: pintos with barbecue sauce + chunks of meat
  • Sausage: Casing a bit tough… well, the meat is too. Commercial.
  • Rib: Nicely done. Good smoke flavor balances the rich meat. Not too greasy; fully rendered. Good.
  • Atmosphere: Table service; wrap-around porch & patio; Cutie; Nice tour - J&R pit using green pecan (per mfr recommendation)
  • Brisket: Good flavor and texture; Nice meaty flavor with light smoke. Good… not chewy, but doesn't melt in the mouth.
  • Beans: Pintos: standard, but nicely spiced
  • Jalapeno Sausage: Nice spices; a little greasy, but great jalapeno flavor -- not too hot.
Main Fare: 
7.1
Other Fare: 
7.1
Atmosphere: 
8