Comments from our joint finder app.
Really tasty rub on the ribs. Great bark and seasoning on the brisket. Above average potato salad and cole slaw.
George Caflisch @ Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue, 2016-10-27 23:15:46
Good ribs , Brisket and sides
David Monasmith @ Kerlin BBQ, 2016-10-27 16:24:13
I love the fact they use a simple pepper rub on there meats. However when you do this I think you need a little more smoke than they had. I had the brisket and pork ribs. I was happy that they serve a full pork rib instead of the St Louis style rib. I feel like I am getting more meat for my money this way. Ribs came off the bone good but I thought they could be a tad more tender. The brisket was a little dry, this could be due to it being on the counter for a while but it had a good flavorful bark. Not bad for San Marcos.
Woodwill Smokers @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2016-10-26 18:20:39
Nice little place to eat some Q. It is a pretty drive in the hill country to get there. Check and make sure they are open on the Saturday you plan to go. Decent chicken and brisket .
Woodwill Smokers @ Maywald’s Sisterdale Smokehouse, 2016-10-25 23:53:02
Almost forgot about my stop here awhile ago. The beef rib was massive and great flavor. The brisket was good but for some reason left me wanting more smoke. Pretty good spot.
Woodwill Smokers @ Louie Mueller Barbecue, 2016-10-25 23:48:22
Stopped here for dinner after a training class. Was a little puzzled when the manager asked me what was in my cup since no outside drinks were allowed. Oh well. I would say this is mediocre BBQ, not bad but not so great. Had the three meat combo (ribs, brisket and sausage) and for the price you got a good meal. Brisket was a lil dry and not that tender. The sausage was seemed mushy when you chewed it. The ribs were cooked great, not over cooked and you had to bite them off the bone, not fight them off the bone. The ribs also had a shuttle sweet flavor. The ribs were my favorite of the three and the cole slaw was good.
Woodwill Smokers @ Vic’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-10-25 22:30:26
Not there that I could find @ saddlebags, 2016-10-25 18:07:10
Had a lean sliced lots of smoke moist and tender like it will be back for a full lunch @ Boatman’s BBQ, 2016-10-25 18:06:10
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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.

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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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