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I had to meet a coworker in New Braunfels today. During the drive there I started thinking about BBQ. I convinced myself (though when it comes to BBQ, it doesn't take much convincing) that I had to have some brisket and sausage for lunch. Not just any BBQ would do, I wanted to try a place I had never had before. After a quick search on Yelp, I found CBQ with 4stars! I get out of the car and take a deep breath, first thing that comes to mind is "where's the smell of smoke". I decide the wind must be blowing the the smoke to the other side of the building. I continue inside, as I open the door I get it, the faint smell of smoke. I reassure myself with the 4 star rating. I see a "wait to be seated" sign and think what kind of TX BBQ joint is this. Shouldn't I walk up to the counter, order my brisket then carry a tray of juicy BBQ on butcher paper to the table and enjoy? Not here you don't! At the table I receive a menu and begin to make my decision. A two meat plate with moist brisket and tx sausage plus two sides. I remember reading a Yelp review about the creamy coleslaw and I saw burnt end BBQ beans menus on the menu. A few minutes later a plate is brought to my table. What's up with this brisket, it doesn't look right? The sausage looks good. Since when does diced pieces of brisket count as burnt ends? I remind myself, Don't judge a book by the cover, this place has 4 stars! Let's start with the sides. Burnt end BBQ beans - like I mentioned, the burnt ends are diced cubes of brisket with no flavor and how much sugar did you put in here? These beans are so sweet I cannot eat them. The creamy coleslaw - lots of shredded cabbage and a few shredded carrots with an entire tub of mayo doesn't make it coleslaw. I've had better coleslaw from a drive thru window. Time for the brisket - doesn't BBQ brisket have a smoke ring? What's up with the weird "bark" (I use that term loosely) it has more of a beef jerky texture and flavor to it. Did this brisket receive any smoke? If so was it wrapped in foil so the smoke couldn't reach the meat? Bill Miller's BBQ doesn't have anything to worry about when it comes to CBQ. They won't be taking any brisket business away. I'm a firm believer that if you need BBQ sauce on your brisket it wasn't cooked correctly..... so, where's the sauce? 3 choices of house made sauce. A basic sauce, a honey mustard, and a spicy. The waitress did mention that it was really spicy. I also read some Yelp reviews that it was made with ghost chilies and it was very very hot. I started with the basic - know wonder the BBQ beans were so sweet. This sauce has no smokey flavors only sweetness, I'll pass. Let's try the TX sausage - casing has a nice snap to it. Wow something that has flavor. I can eat this. It's actually a decent piece of sausage. You can see the pepper in it, wait, what's that I see? Is that a smoke ring? How is it possible for the sausage to have a smoke ring, but the brisket doesn't? I didn't bother asking where the sausage was made, but it was good. Now back to the brisket and sauce. Honey mustard sauce - again, how much honey is in here? This too is so sweet it's not enjoyable. I decide to stop with the brisket and sauce and just eat the sausage and a slice of white bread. If you find yourself standing in front of CBQ BBQ do yourself a favor. Go inside and order some sausage to go, then look across the street. Do you see the Bucee's gas station? Go over there and get you a brisket sandwich and enjoy. On my drive back home I wonder about that 4 star rating. I will not be returning to CBQ!!
Butchkluth @ CBQ, 2016-05-24 21:34:50
We had the pork tacos a sliced and abolish sausage all great love my Angelo's
douglas78@aol.com @ Angelo’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-05-24 19:35:51
I ordered the ribs and 1/2 of the brisket. The ribs were very respectable. Nice rub with just the right amount of pepper. Very juicy & smoked just right. The brisket had a nice pink ring to it & were very juicy (I'm a fan of the juicy/fat camp - always more flavor. That's what I tell my cartoligist). Big bib is a top five for me. Looking forward to coming back.
Joe Ashbaugh @ The Big Bib BBQ, 2016-05-22 18:21:56
I ordered the ribs and 1/2 of the brisket. The ribs were very respectable. Nice rub with just the right amount of pepper. Very juicy & smoked just right. The brisket had a nice pink ring to it & were very juicy (I'm a fan of the juicy/fat camp - always more flavor. That's what I tell my cartoligist). Big bib is a top five for me. Looking forward to coming back.
Joe Ashbaugh @ The Big Bib BBQ, 2016-05-22 18:21:32
Got a sliced and a coke sandwich was good I'll try again if I'm out this way
douglas78@aol.com @ Longhorn Smokehouse, 2016-05-21 18:48:33
Couldn't find this place
douglas78@aol.com @ Table 6, 2016-05-21 18:28:51
Same as the other bodacious I've had had the sliced to go
douglas78@aol.com @ Bodacious Bar-B-Q, 2016-05-21 18:25:07
Saw this place on country reporter it is fantastic hot links or chili twenty minutes later and my lips are still numb from the hot sauce
douglas78@aol.com @ Doc's Hot Links, 2016-05-21 18:17:25
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Review

Hinzes Sealy 04

June 24, 2014

Nothing about Hinze’s BBQ in Sealy says trendy. It’s situated a half block from I-10, and right next to a Whataburger. Just like that Whataburger, Hinze’s has a drive-thru stacked with vehicles. There were so many cars that I went inside to find their massive menu displayed on LED screens above the ordering counter. The red flags were mounting. There are five different fried meat items that aren’t steak. I nearly lost my nerve when I scanned over grilled tilapia.

Hinzes Sealy 01

Three-meat plate

This is the second location of Hinze’s. The original is far removed from the interstate in Wharton, and the menu is hand lettered on wood. The Wharton location has a more down home feel, but this location has no identity crisis. Sealy is a highway rest stop between Houston and Austin. Most folks aren’t stopping here to linger. They want food quickly, and they want to be on their way. Hinze’s chooses to provide that service, otherwise they might be replaced with another fast food option.

The components of my combo plate made it into the box via a barbecue assembly line. One woman sliced the meat. Another added the sides, and yet another added the plastic ware and sauce into a plastic bag. In seconds I was eating on my trunk in the parking lot. The items displayed before me looked promising. The bark on the ribs almost shimmered in the sunlight. A slice of white bread was baked in the restaurant, and the sauce wasn’t from a grocery store bottle. The brisket was pretty good too. Most of the fat was gone, and it wasn’t particularly smoky, but every slice from the flat was still juicy and tender. That’s not the norm with what normally comes through drive-thru windows.

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Sliced brisket

Those ribs didn’t just look the part. That bark had a peppery bite and a mellow sweetness. Sauce wasn’t required for the moist meat, and a few bites into it I knew I had a rib with exemplary texture. Sliced pork was also done well. Smoke could have been more forward, but that sweet rub gave a bold punch of flavor around the edges. Thick slices were closer to a good roast pork than deeply smoked meat, but I’d be happy to order it again.

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Pork Rib

The options don’t stop with the main courses. The menu has twenty side items, two of which are pinto beans and dirty rice. The pintos are simple, well seasoned beans. They provide a good supporting role. Dirty rice was missing the depth of seasoning and the funk of offal that is normally associated with the dish. Instead it was more like a pilaf – no spice with carrots and mushrooms and the unmistakable flavor of chicken bullion. It was good, but I missed the dirty in my rice.

Hinze’s BBQ isn’t going to give any of the barbecue destinations in Lockhart, Austin, or Taylor a run for their money, but sometimes dependable is all you need. Along a stretch of I-10 with few decent barbecue options, Hinze’s made a good impression. I’ll leave it up to you to determine how the grilled tilapia matches up against the barbecue.

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