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Got 1/4lb moist and Cole slaw. Brisket melted in mouth like always but this time didn't have as much of smoke ring. I needed to do BBQ sauce. If not, had slight roast beef taste. Cole slaw crunchy and sweet.
Terry r @ Milt’s Pit BBQ, 2016-09-29 19:37:16
I ate lunch here a while ago and was shocked at all the other food they served besides BBQ. I had the steak fingers so I can't rate the BBQ. It should just be called Johnnys restaurant because when I was there I saw no one eating BBQ.
Woodwill Smokers @ Johnnys BBQ, 2016-09-29 03:37:34
This is probably the most tender brisket I have ever ate. I wish it had a little more smoke but I appreciate the fact that it tasted like unaltered brisket. The jalapeño cheese sausage was great and so was the slaw. Next time I will try the large beef rib.
Woodwill Smokers @ Terry Black’s Barbecue, 2016-09-27 23:04:49
Great place. The brisket was smoke well with the fat perfectly rendered out. It may have been a bit overdone, tending to fall apart when picked up. But taste wise it was great. Only small nitpick was that the crust was not as peppery as I like, but that's just personal preference. The ribs had a beautiful bark on them and were tender, just slightly dry. Tried the jalapeño sausage and my only comment is, make it hotter. But again that's just my personal preference. Some small nitpicks but overall a great restaurant. Definitely earned a four star rating. I may have just found my new favorite lunch spot!
jgarcia @ Julian’s BBQ, 2016-09-27 17:54:38
Great place. The brisket was smoke well with the fat perfectly rendered out. It may have been a bit overdone, tending to fall apart when picked up. But taste wise it was great. Only small nitpick was that the crust was not as peppery as I like, but that's just personal preference. The ribs had a beautiful bark on them and were tender, just slightly dry. Tried the jalapeño sausage and my only comment is, make it hotter. But again that's just my personal preference. Some small nitpicks but overall a great restaurant. Definitely earned a four star rating. I may have just found my new favorite lunch spot!
jgarcia @ Julian’s BBQ, 2016-09-27 17:54:38
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
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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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