Baker’s Ribs – Weatherford

1921 S Main St.
Weatherford, TX 76086

Phone: (817) 599-4229
Hours: Daily 7-9
Website: www.bakersribs.com/location/weatherford/
Twitter: @BakersRibs
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Bakers-Ribs-Weatherford/279796872100981

Opened 2000
Pitmaster Brian Krier
Method wood-fired smoker with hickory

TMBBQ Rating: 3.5

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Comments from our joint finder app.
Lean sliced and polish sausage both great fantastic lunch
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2014-10-24 17:20:57
Great ribs today. Perfect smoke and candied on the outside
Craig Hutchinson @ Tyler’s Barbeque, 2014-10-24 05:08:08
A little expensive but still good.
Mark Myers @ Iron Works BBQ, 2014-10-21 17:40:17
Good brisket and slaw. Always a good sign when the sides are good.
Mark Myers @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-10-21 17:39:02
I enjoyed one of the best nuggets of brisket at this little hidden gem. This is what brisket was intended to taste and look like
Andrew Sanderson @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-10-20 17:53:27
Pork ribs are the main attraction here and rightly so. Great bang for your buck as tons of meat and less bone; always a good thing. Brisket was good; sides solid. Friendly service and definitely a must visit spot in Houston.
Rahul Yaratha @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2014-10-18 19:52:59
Had a chopped with gravy disappointed after the good BBQ down the street
doug_wallace @ Jasper’s Bar-B-Que, 2014-10-18 14:16:27
Large combo brisket sausage and ring bologna with gravy fantastic !
doug_wallace @ Tony DeMaria’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-10-18 14:11:24
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Review

October 8, 2013

It’s a long drive from Deep Ellum to Weatherford, but repeated pleas from the owner of this Baker’s Ribs west of Fort Worth had convinced me that they were doing something a little different than their forebearers in Dallas. The owners posted photos of hormone-free, antibiotic-free briskets they’re using from Creekstone, the pork rib photos looked good, and then there are the fried pies – so many fried pies.

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The Fried Pie Shoppe is located within this (and a few other) Baker’s Ribs locations. They make all of the pie dough fresh and fry up about two or three hundred a day. It’s getting to be fall so they had just added pumpkin to the mix. It wasn’t noon yet, so I started there. Even though it wasn’t hot from the fryer (presumably they are when they open at 7:00) the pie tasted lighter than I expected. It wasn’t greasy and there was just enough of the spiced filling. I needed a few more to take home and they travelled well. I also got some barbecue.

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As I was being served it was great to see them pull a chunk of pork off of a whole shoulder before commencing to chop. There’s no dry pre-chopped meat here. The generous serving was moist and smoky, and needed none of the sauce. I asked for fatty brisket slices and I got four thick ones. I’m not sure why they shaved off every bit of the crust before serving, but the meat was still tender and well cooked. The flavor was just flat without the boost of smoke and seasoning that was thrown out with the crust. I was puzzled why they’d think someone asking for “fatty brisket” would be offended by exterior bark and fat. Specify that you’d like the crusty pieces when you order, and the ownership assures me you’ll get it.

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The name of place is Baker’s Ribs, and they did well by the St. Louis cut ribs they’re serving. A bite of rib came away cleanly from the bone showing the perfect texture. A big boost of sugar and cayenne in the rub made for a sweet and spicy flavor that melded well with the smoke. These are some good ribs. I’m familiar with the dill potato salad, beans and slaw, so I went for scalloped potatoes and green beans. Both were better than average, but I’d choose the potato salad over either.

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Just as I was taking the rib photo, the owners walked up to my booth. They asked about the food, and I was honest. Brian quickly came back with some end-cut brisket. It was much improved, but I wish that’s what I’d been served initially because that’s what I have to base this review on. It wasn’t until I tried two other local barbecue joints that I knew how good that brisket was for the area. Crusty brisket or not, this joint near the interstate beats their Weatherford competition pretty easily, and they have those fried pies.

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