Reviews

Pappy’s Bar BQ

If it’s been a long day of poor-quality smoked meat, then I start ordering dessert. If the meat is bad, then the sweet stuff is usually pretty good. I watched the knife man cut the brisket and it looked tough and springy, so I added a slice of chocolate cake to the order. Beans were unseasoned and the slaw was a wet mess. A hot link was little more than a spicy hot dog. Brisket…

Johnny’s Bar-B-Q

The smoke was thick coming out of the Oyler smoker in the back of this joint, and the neon was bright over the door as we entered. Toward the back of the room was a long cafeteria style counter with the meats on display, but the bright red heat lamps did little to make it look appetizing. Watching the knife man cut the brisket reminded me of the carving station at a hotel banquet. Until…

Van’s Bar BQ

Van’s sits all alone along a long stretch of interstate between Corpus Christi and San Antonio. I had high hopes for this joint given the praise received from Texas Monthly in their 2008 Top 50 BBQ list, but little that they served on this day was worth returning for. Pork ribs had no bark, little seasoning, and not much smoke. Although it came off the bone nicely, the meat tasted fatigued. A nice link of…

Longhorn Cattle Company Barbecue and Steak Restaurant

I guess if you have mesquite grilled steaks on the menu in addition to the mesquite smoked barbecue, you feel the need to serve an amuse bouche. A steaming mug of their “world famous” pinto bean soup came to the table along with our drinks. The beans were spicy and very good, as was everything that wasn’t meat. A side of homemade potato salad with plenty of egg and pickles was great. A medium-bodied sauce…

The Original Willie’s Bar-B-Q

They’ve got lots of meat options at Willie’s, and the longer we stood in the cafeteria line, the easier it was to convince myself to order them all. Well, I didn’t quite get them all, but I do admire that Willie’s will sell you any amount of any meat without any needless sides. First up were a few slices of fatty brisket that was a few hours shy of being done. The chewy slices were…

McMillan’s Bar-B-Q

The sign outside reads “World Famous” and Louis McMillan won’t hesitate to tell you how good his barbecue is. He was about done for the day, so we admittedly got the tail end of the days offering, but this wasn’t praiseworthy. Sausage was barely warmed through, and I had to question whether it had even hit the smoker. The ribs certainly had. They were so overcooked that the bones were rattling around in the to-go…

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