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Smoke Daddy's Review of Cousins Bar-B-Q

Joint: 

Smoke Daddy, XO, and Gus would return for Kielbasa and barbecue beans.  Most of the barbecue was tainted with bad smoke and/or spiced to the point that the meat was unrecognizable.  Sides and desserts were pretty good, but skip the plain pintos in favor of the tangy barbecue beans. 

Cousins 3-meat plateMAIN FARE:

  • Sliced Brisket - Smoke & Salt.  Firm, stand-up style brisket. Looks tender.  A bit rough on the smoke.
  • Rib - Good color and ring.  Texture is OK, even if the rib is a bit dry. However, application of smoke and spice are overwhelming.
  • Kielbasa - Good meaty sausage.  Nice flavors here.
  • Pulled Pork - Seasoned with table sauce??? Not sure, but the combination of sauce and smoke wipes out any meat flavor.
  • Chopped Brisket - Spiced with a spice blend not found on our table.  Flavor profile is weird, and so bold that you can't tast the beef.
  • Jalapeno-Cheese Sausage - Good spice.  OK sausage... but feels like its trying too hard to be popular.  XO calls it "Liberace Meat".

OTHER FARE:

Cousins Sides

  • Pintos - In a thick sauce.  A mixture of mushy and firm beans.
  • Barbecue Beans - Good meaty mixture & tangy sauce.  XO says "I'd rather eat these than the meat."
  • Potato Salad - Mashed style with chunks 'o tater.  Mustard-based without being overpowering. Heterogeneous texture with a crunch. Good.
  • Slaw - Good standard version .  Nice cruncy leaf and creamy dressing.  Well done.
  • Banana pudding - Thick custard.  Nilla wafers & chunks 'o nana.
  • Peach Cobbler - Canned peaches in heavy syrup. OK.
  • Apple Cobbler - Good, but less crunch & spice that Bartley's.

Cousins Cold BeveragesATMOSPHERE:

  • This family owned & operated local chain has 6 locations in the area
  • The McCart Ave store is their original location
  • We arrive just before dinner, and finish about the time folks are arriving... so opted not to ask for a tour
  • That, plus we left alot of meat on the plate.
  • This strip mall barbecue couldn't match the hype.

Cousin's Bar-B-Q on Urbanspoon

Main Fare: 
5
Other Fare: 
7
Atmosphere: 
6

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