I'm not saying that I haven't found spectacular plates of barbecue during my travels. I have. But the standouts were few and far between, and all of 'em at places that still cook exclusively with wood.
Smoke Daddy's Review of Cousins Bar-B-Q
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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.