Psychologists have shown that certain foods, among them barbecue, just plain make us happy. Who needs comfort food when we can have happy food?

— Craig "Meathead" Goldwyn

Smoke Daddy's Review of Bartleys BBQ

Joint: 

Smoke Daddy, XO, and Phil Chelf would come back for the brisket, beans, and cobbler.  The ribs were nearly done, and if fully rendered would also be very good.  20+ year history and nice folks make this a pleasant surprise in strip center barbecue.   

MAIN FARE:Bartleys 3-meat

  • Brisket - Beefy & fully rendered.  Tender meat with just a bit of chew. Good. Not too much smoke, but it is evident around the edges.
  • Rib - Good color. Lightly rubbed. Good meaty flavor and finished with a sweet glaze. Mine was 'mostly done', But XO and Phil's needed more time in the smoker -- not fully rendered.
  • Sausage - Commercial texture with a 'unique' spice blend.  Spice profile clashes with the sauce.  Not a favorite.
  • Hot link - Richer flavor with a bit of kick.  Consistency is still commercial-style, but flavor is good.

OTHER FARE:

Bartleys Cobbler

  • Potato Salad - Soft taters. Very mild flavors in the mixture. A few bits of veggie for crunch/texture. Bland.
  • Slaw - Cream based sauce, but watery.  Leaf has lost some of its crunch. Very mild flavors... bland.
  • Pintos - Simple, but good flavors.  Beans are soft, and there's just a touch of spice on the finish. Nice.
  • Sauce - West Texas Style (Red, translucent, with flavor that doesn't cover the meat).
  • Banana Pudding - Standard mix with Nilla Wafers and banana slices on the bottom.
  • Cobbler - Apple/Peach mixture is spiced like an apple pie... with peaches as an added bonus! Robust cinnamon spices and crispy texture make this cobbler great.

ATMOSPHERE: Bartleys Firebox

  • Strip mall location - Bartley's has been here about 20 years.  They moved from Main St where City Hall bounced them from their original location citing eminent domain.
  • Nice folks using a J&R pit that is busy 24 hours a day.  
  • Moist towelettes on the table were a nice touch after the sticky (glazed) ribs.

Bartley's Bar-B-Que on Urbanspoon

Main Fare: 
7
Other Fare: 
6
Atmosphere: 
6

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