There's not much point in complaining about high-tech barbecue. It serves a purpose, and it's here to stay. And no doubt the quality of it will keep on improving. But as the old barbecue joints slowly disappear, each one that remains becomes a bigger treasure.

— Robb Walsh

The Art of Smoke, originally published in The Houston Press

Smoke Daddy's Review of Hard Eight Barbeque

The prime rib and banana pudding were my favorites here (although prime rib is cheating a bit in barbecue).  The rib and brisket were not far behind, and the atmosphere on the patio was terrific!

MAIN FARE:Hard Eight Spread

  • Brisket - Sliced with a bit of the high side.  Very little or no rub on the crust... needs a bit of salt to bring the flavors out.  Very good.
  • Rib - This is a good rib!  Again very light on the rub... almost absent. Bark is tough at the breast bone (knuckles).  
  • Sausage - Similar in style and grind to commercial... except its not.
  • Jalapeno Sausage - Not fresh jalapenos... similar to regular sausage with some heat.
  • Prime Rib - On the rare side... but that's OK for prime rib.  A little salt really brings the flavor out.  YUM!

OTHER FARE:

Hard Eight BBQ Crew at Work

  • Beans - Salty pintos, otherwise good.
  • Potato Salad - New potatoes; mustard-style with 'sticky' texture.  Good.
  • Sauce - Mild, with light flavors.  No heat in the spice profile.  Good utility... works across meats.
  • Slaw - Fresh mix with red and green bell peppers. Vinegar-based dressing. Very good.
  • Cornbread Salad - Like a corn relish... good mixture.
  • Banana Pudding - More accurately: "Banana Mousse"... Excellent.

ATMOSPHERE:Hard Eight Serving Line

  • Cannot be considered a joint
  • Modern cowboy-style barbecue restaurant
  • Very proud of their product... in the upper tier on price
  • Serving free beer in tiny cups
  • Inside smells like gasoline, so we move to the patio
  • Love this patio!

Hard Eight Barbeque on Urbanspoon

Main Fare: 
7
Other Fare: 
8
Atmosphere: 
8

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