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If your going to Stubbs your coming for music and atmosphere first BBQ a distant second. It reminds me of Salt Like where it seems more is put into the entertainment . I had a sliced beef sandwich and some ribs. It was just OK
Woodwill Smokers @ Stubb’s, 2016-08-26 02:11:34
My experience here was good compared to my disappointment the previous day at Lamberts Downtown BBQ. The price was right but the food was decent. The brisket could have used more smoke and flavor. The ribs were tender and the meat came of the bone but once again lacking smoke. It's like they wanted to keep the smoke dialed back as if not to offend BBQ novices.
Woodwill Smokers @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2016-08-26 02:04:27
Entirely forgettable. Wondered why they were cutting the bark off the brisket until I tried some. Flavorless, tough, chewy, and inedible in places. Brisket was tender but flavorless, spare ribs had no smoke flavor at all. Sides from the Sysco tub. Wouldn't recommend.
Wes Mantooth @ The Bar-B-Q Man Restaurant, 2016-08-25 02:40:49
Correction. I was told they don't Put anything in regards to a rub on the brisket. They take the brisket and just throw it into the smoker. So the dark smoked slightly burnt taste is actually the fat that has caramelized. Interesting aka ala natural.
Terry r @ Outlaws Bar B Que, 2016-08-25 18:41:58
Some of the best barbeque I have ever had. Had the beef rib, pork rib, sand brisket. Of the three, the brisket was the best, but that's like comparing Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron... all three were absolutely amazing. I'd say this place is easily as good as Pecan Lodge, just not quite as smokey. these guys know what they're doing.
catowne1 @ Cattleack BBQ, 2016-08-25 18:22:27
Stopped in here since customer of men said very good. Much better than the location in mt. Pleasant. So off I went. I can surely say it is much better than the dry tasteless brisket at the other location. I ordered moist brisket plate. Normally they don't have people as for it as it is normally used for chopped brisket plate. Overall it was solid, not fatty no chew, almost melt in mouth. I think they do a molasses rub which gives a super dark bark. It's good in a way as it gives it a slight sweetness. The bad is I think the fire may have been too hot and caused the molasses to have a slight burnt taste. No overwhelming but there. The other issue(preference) is they do not put any pepper in the rub or directly on brisket. So you don't get that extra layer of pop. I think it could really benefit from it. Overall a 3.5 out of 5. If didn't have slight burnt wood taste I would have given it a 4 out of 5. They have two sauces. Regular which was good and thick with tinge of pepper in it and spicy which is really spicy. Gets the back of the throat but at least when they say spicy they mean it. Other places with spicy are typically a medium salsa no burn. Mixing them together was a good move. Yet I didn't need more than a thin strip down middle of each piece to bring out full flavor. As for sides, their cucumber salad was very good. As for the Cole slaw, it must have been made day or two before as it was already tasting like kimchi and that is No Bueno. If you are looking for some decent meat, they do deliver.
Terry r @ Outlaws Bar B Que, 2016-08-25 18:03:20
What a relief to find good BBQ right here, deep in the land of boudin and Popeye's. Nothing fancy, crammed in the corner of an otherwise nondescript gas station, but still...really good ribs and pulled pork, pretty good sausage, passable sauce, and a place to sit and eat. Life is good.
jchan0210 @ Lil Daddy's Bar-B-Q, 2016-08-25 06:39:10
A lot of hype here. Brisket okay. Must was definitely the better of the lean. However it is served cubed. Not much of any smoked flavor. Good pepper taste though. Beef ribs come 3 doubles in the order and were flavorful but they dunk them fully in BBQ sauce. If like tons of sauce then this is place for you. If like ribs dry, out of luck. Cole slaw great with mayo base. Waffle fries also good with paprika on top.
Terry r @ Kenny's Smokehouse, 2016-08-24 01:55:35
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Review

September 26, 2012

You may have been familiar with the Baker’s Ribs location in Deep Ellum. It stood for decades in a brick building on Commerce Street with a large pig painted on the side. They leased that building but were looking for a permanent home, so they bought a building just a few blocks away in the same Deep Ellum neighborhood. I made a couple of stops to see just how well they’ve dealt with the transition.

Some things have changed for the better, like the addition of the Original Fried Pie Shop inside the restaurant (more on that later), and some things have thankfully remained, like the all-hickory-fired Bewley smoker that they brought over from the old location. It was so clean and shiny I thought it was new, but the lady doling out the food orders said they just gave it a good cleaning.

I’ve always liked the brisket here from a smoke standpoint. Baker’s knows how to get the smokiness into the meat, but it’s harder to also keep the meat moist and tender. The beef on this day was no different than I’d expected, which is to say that it had a great-looking black crust and ruby-red smoke ring along with a strong smoky flavor, but it also lacked good seasoning, good fat, and it was just too dry. An unexpected meat option of fried turkey was outstanding. They smoke a seasoned turkey breast then dunk the whole thing into a fryer to finish it off. The result is juicy turkey whose slices have thick crispy edges. It was some of the better smoked turkey I’ve had. No word whether or not fried brisket will make it on the menu.

The ribs were also excellent. The meat was moist and came from the bone perfectly. A subtle sweet rub allowed a good dark crust to form and the meat was very smokey. I included the photo above to show how a well-cooked rib will look after a bite is taken. The bone should be exposed easily, but the meat on either side of the bite should remain intact. It should not fall off the bone entirely, nor should there be meat left on the bone where the bite was taken.

On a subsequent visit I ordered a plate of both lean and fatty brisket. If they could just mix the supple texture and richness of the moist brisket with the smokiness of the lean slices, then they’d be onto something. Neither cut was great on its own, however. All of the sides here are good, from a simple creamy mac and cheese to crispy coleslaw and a potato salad heavy with dill. Don’t forget about dessert either.

If you want one of these famous fried pies, you have to order them at a second counter at the back of the restaurant and pay for them separately there. A wide array of filling options are offered and all pies are made to order. This allows you to create flavor combinations, which is actually encouraged. The lady frying the pies on this day confirmed that I could combine any fillings together in one pie since it would be made fresh. Brisket and pulled pork are filling options and I really wanted to try the shredded beef in pie form. I thought pecan and blackberry might be complementary flavors so I asked for what was probably their first order of a brisket, blackberry, and pecan fried pie. This masterful combination of ingredients landed on the table just as we were polishing off the barbecue. It was hot, flaky, and rich from the overflowing filling. The sweet blackberry, nuttiness of the pecan, and the smoky beef were a better match than I’d ever imagined. This was an excellent dessert but could easily double as a hearty main course. I’m thinking apricot and pulled pork for my next visit.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)

Comments

5 Comments

    Anonymous says:

    Sadly, the only Baker’s I have not been to in the Dallas area is the Deep Ellum location.

    Most recently I went to the Rowlett (Lakeview Parkway) location. This one has always been hit or miss for me. The last time there was a miss. The high school kids who were taking my order clearly had better things to do even though I was the only one ordering anything. I came to this conclusion due to the sullen and annoyed stares on their faces as I decided what to order, then ordered and then paid. No simple “Hello”, no “thanks for coming”, no words at all other than “what size” for the sides. The Smiths “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” would have been a fitting soundtrack had it been playing in the background. I will say that I have had good service here most times but it seems to be dependent on who’s watching over the kids.

    I ended up getting us a pound of ribs and a pound of brisket. The brisket had nice smoke but was a good bit dry. Not bad but not great. The ribs have been better most visits. The bark had congealed then dried into one hard jerky textured piece while the lukewarm inside was a bit goopy/mealy and had zero adherence to the bone. The sides of mac & cheese and pasta salad were nice.

    Again, I would like to state that I’ve been there on other occasions when all was good. When it comes to food though, I don’t like to gamble. That being said, when in the Garland/Rowlett area I’ll go to Meshack’s. As for Baker’s Ribs, I’ll stick with the other locations and at some point get over to the Deep Ellum location.

    ~SRC

    Don O. says:

    Their potato salad is my favorite.

    Michael says:

    I’ve always preferred their Greenville Avenue location.
    I love their ribs and pulled pork.
    But, their brisket can’t compare with Pecan Lodge.

    Anonymous says:

    The sausage,egg & cheese and bacon, egg & cheese fried pies make for a great breakfast. The fried pie shop is open hours earlier than the main dining room.

    I didn’t try their pies, but the peach cobbler was incredible!

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