The more I think about barbecue, the more I start thinking that it’s one of our most important road food traditions.  The reason that it remains vital, besides the fact it’s good, is that it cannot be tamed.  It can’t be gotten out of a can; it can’t be frozen ahead.  BBQ doesn’t negotiate, and it suffers fools badly.  Barbecue requires time, smoke, and above all, skill.  Which is why attempts to corporatize it ultimately fail.

— Alton Brown

Feasting on Asphalt, Episode 2 - I Smell Pork

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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