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ssweeney's Review of Sheps Bar-B-Q | "Show us your pits"

Never order food in excess of your body weight.

— Erma Bombeck

ssweeney's Review of Sheps Bar-B-Q

Joint: 

Main Fare:

  • Brisket is firm, but sliced quite thin.  Some bitterness is present in the meat.
  • Sausage is more salty and less sweet than the Hillshire Farms (Eckrich?).  Still, this is a commercial product.
  • The hot link has a yellow/orange color to it... and a different flavor profile at work here.  Hmmm.  Similar in texture to the regular sausage, but with some heat on the finish.
  • I get the knuckle end of a rib that is tough and chewy.  It does have a glazed exterior, but that is not enough to make this a good rib experience.  Has potential.

Other Fare:

  • Another mashed style potato salad.  This one seems to be thinned out with water or vineager, but is quite bland.
  • These are real pinto beans with a mild flavor.  Nice.
  • Sauce is a traditional heavy worcestershire Texas brown.  Made for beef... not so much the pork.
  • Peach cobbler is heavy on the cinnamon and cloves.  Texture is mushy, but I dig the bold flavors here!

Atmosphere:

  • Very hospitable folks here.  East Texas sure is friendly!
  • Fairly standard decor.  We arrive at 1pm and things are very quiet.
  • Sheps obviously has some local history...  Unfortunately, its glory days would seem to be in the past.
  • They have a J&R pit that doesn't look like it is being used... but the Ole Hickory around back looks busy.
Main Fare: 
4
Other Fare: 
6
Atmosphere: 
5

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