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Haven't been here in while....its really become quite an event center! I'd have to give the atmosphere 5 stars. Now on to the BBQ...had the brisket, ribs, turkey & sausage. Have to give the top dibs to the turkey. Great smoke flavor without being overwhelming. Moist. Delicious. Brisket pretty good but not quite flavorful enough. Moist. Ribs were quite good as well! Sausage had a good flavor but a little too fatty for me. Beans were very good. Potato salad was good too. Cole slaw is vinegar based. Not my fav. Tried both blackberry and peach cobbler with ice cream. Delicious, but I would have liked it a little sweeter. Rest of my family thought they were great. All in all, 3.5 stars.
Kenny G @ The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que, 2016-09-24 22:48:49
Moist brisket, but not fatty. Great favor, but not too intense. Adequate sauce, although no sauce needed on brisket. Sauce did not cover up flavor of meat when used. Good sides, but the brisket stole the show. Interesting peach cobbler, and tasted better than it looked (was packaged). Would highly recommend.
billyjeffers1845 @ The Witt Pit BBQ, 2016-09-24 19:14:25
Salami and Fritos perfection !
douglas78@aol.com @ Angelo’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-09-24 18:47:13
Chicken, sausage and brisket were good. Beef rib was ok. Had a side of potato salad and it was great! Was worth the visit and will return. Very nice people there as well.
dj770 @ Red Wagon BBQ, 2016-09-23 19:35:13
Came here 1st time. Warning. If you do not like an over abundance of smoke flavor, this is not your place. With that said, Lean brisket had some chew but pulled easy. I wish top fat had rendered as you paying for fat that's just going to be removed. Sting smoke flavor but surprisingly only 1/4" of smoke ring. Good pepper spice as well. Can eat without BBQ sauce but sauce is good enough to use sparingly. The moist is something else. Melt in mouth goodness. Again some fat should have been more rendered. They cut it at an angle so it pulls apart easy. No need for BBQ sauce but BBQ sauce gives it an extra level of spice. I can still feel it giving me a slow burn in my mouth or is that just all the smoke I inhaled while standing in line. I would say moist 4.5 out 5 and lean a 4 out of 5. I got beef rib but I was too full. These are the brontosaurus ribs and costs $22/lb. will see if worth it. Again this place not cheap @$20/lb. I've had great stuff at $15/lb or less. It's up to you to see if worth extra $5-8/lb better than Kirby's.
Terry r @ Pecan Lodge, 2016-09-23 17:26:33
Moist brisket okay but dry. Sauce good. 2.75 out 5. Sides were huge dissapointment. Cole slaw was soggy and corn on cob had been steaming for way too long.
Terry r @ Big Rays BBQ, 2016-09-22 17:52:54
3 strikes I'm out. Can't find this one either
Woodwill Smokers @ Church Street Blues And Barbeque, 2016-09-19 18:14:55
This was my original stop for today , but I forgot they were closed on Mondays.
Woodwill Smokers @ Fargo’s Pit BBQ, 2016-09-19 18:05:30
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Review

Hickory House BBQ 03

June 10, 2014

Johnny Doyle cooks on a gas-rotisserie, but he’d do it differently if he could. He takes pride in the barbecue he puts out in his nearly forty year old Denison restaurant, so when he had pit fire that destroyed his Oylers, he wanted to replace them. “[J&R Manufacturing] told me it would be a couple months before I could get an Oyler built, so I bought two Southern Prides instead.” Now he just can’t get the bark to set on his ribs like he’d like to. I can’t be sure if it’s the cook or the cooker, but he’s right.

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The ribs were tender and came away nicely from the bone. They even had a good smokiness, but the rub sat atop the meat like wet sawdust. The meat and rub had not become one, and there was no bark to speak of. That textural variation of crisp crust and moist meat is what makes a dry-rubbed rib so pleasing, but this rib was crying for some sauce. Luckily, they make a couple good ones here. The tomato-based version wasn’t too sweet with just a touch of vinegar, and livened up the ribs nicely.

Doyle’s other sauce is a regional specialty. He makes a brown gravy sauce from the flour-thickened pit drippings. It’s thick and heavily seasoned, and makes for great Texas toast dipping.

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Hickory House brown gravy sauce

Johnny and his wife Shawn make all the sides too. In fact, there isn’t much here that’s not from scratch. If you’re used to beans from the can, a trip through Sherman, Denison, Bells, and Bonham will be a pinto bean revelation. They know how to cook them in these parts. There are few ingredients and they aren’t fortified with leftover chunks of barbecue. They’re just beans that are well cooked in a pot for long hours and seasoned with just enough salt. A side of potato salad was anything but store-bought. Chunks of egg, nearly-mashed potatoes, and good kick of yellow mustard made for a bright counterpoint to the beans. Side are also self-serve along the cafeteria line, so you can get a few spoonfuls if you like.

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Then there’s the brisket. In these parts you normally need to beg for any crust to be left on the meat. The fatty end is usually chopped for sandwiches, and the sauce on the side is a foreign concept. But Johnny Doyle does it differently. A nice line of rendered fat hid beneath a crunchy bark created from hours in the pit, and few on the steam table. Brisket in the mid-afternoon is usually dried out when held in this manner, but the Hickory House beef was juicy and tender. There was plenty of smoke, pepper, and salt to flavor it too.

Maybe the ribs were better back before the pit fire, but it looks like Doyle has found his sweet spot with the brisket. He recognized me just before I left, and asked me for some tips on the ribs. I’m not sure if it was for flattery or if he was really looking to improve, but it’d be worth returning to find out as long as he keeps serving brisket like that.

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