...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 Thompsons Barbecue‎

Main Fare:

  • Brisket is a lean slice of stand-up style brisket.  Smells bitter to my nose, but tastes clean.  No rub?
  • Ribs were mixed on our platter.  Mine was an end rib that was chewy like jerky.  Doug's was "like butter"... fully rendered and tasty.  Plain salt & pepper rub here.
  • This is a sausage of many flavors.  Complex spice blend with sage in the mix.  Has a good deal of heat on the finish.
  • Pork butt was also "like butter".  Melts in you mouth.  Pork was cut into bite sized chunks and then cooked further to fully render the meat.  Excellent.

Other Fare:

  • Slaw has a good crunch and contains nice veggies and a good dose of black pepper.
  • Twice baked potato casserole was good.
  • Baked beans out of a can?
  • Pintos were spiced with jalapeno and sported plenty of heat.
  • The peach cobbler was INTENSE.  Spices were rich and bold... outstanding!  Texture was too mushy.

Atmosphere:

  • Newer building across the street from Walmart on the East Loop.
  • Southern Pride smoker.
  • Lots of bikers here today... in fact, they kinda take over the place.
  • Kids raising money for their pee-wee football team ask us if we've visted Smitty's.
Main Fare: 
8
Other Fare: 
6
Atmosphere: 
7

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