Pickles BBQ & Icehouse

8247 Rufe Snow Dr.
Watauga, TX 76148

Phone: (817) 581-2009
Hours: Sun - Tues 11 - 11, Wed - Thur 11- Midnight, F - Sat 11 - 2am
Website: www.picklesbbq.com
Twitter: @PicklesBBQ
Facebook: www.facebook.com/picklesbbq

Opened 2013
Method Multiple woods on a gas-fired smoker

TMBBQ Rating: 1.5

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I had a feeling walking up to the place I was in store for a great meal. (The sweet smell of the smoker surrounding the restaurant). My brisket was smoked to perfection. Just moist enough, & had a nice pink ring. I also had the Mac & Cheese which was a nice side too. I have to get back for the other items on the menu that I didn't have time for today.
Joe Ashbaugh @ Hard Eight Pit Bar-B-Q, 2015-03-04 19:21:49
Had two chopped and a bolo all good
doug_wallace @ Sammie’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-03-04 06:01:08
This place is a top five for food quality, certainly the best in Dallas.
@ Lockhart Smokehouse, 2015-03-02 19:20:11
Had the Brunswick stew and a sausage sandwich soup was off but sausage was good
doug_wallace @ Red Hot & Blue, 2015-03-02 15:35:15
Everything is great here, Buzzie has a hits sauce that bill burn your ass...I bought a rack of ribs to go.
@ Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-02-28 22:13:38
This place is delightful change up for Texas Cue, I liked the brisket the best out of turkey and pulled pork.
@ The Granary ’Cue and Brew, 2015-02-27 21:58:52
Lamb Ribs and leave, top it off With six pack of Dos Equis, then get back to doing cowboy shit.
@ Gonzales Food Market, 2015-02-26 20:48:48
Ribs and brisket will not disappoint, sausage was pretty soggy, topped off with a Lonestar, please none of the snooty shit, this place gets a 8.
@ City Market, 2015-02-26 19:22:36
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Review

Pickles BBQ 01

February 11, 2014

I saw a flight of “flavor infused” pickles on the menu, and I was immediately powerless. I had to order them. I was dining alone during lunch at this sports bar/live music venue/barbecue joint hybrid in a suburb north of Fort Worth. Olympics curling was on the television in my booth, but even the technicolor uniforms of the various countries couldn’t compete with the brightly dyed stacks of pickle chips. The mango con chile flavor was missing, but the server promised to bring more of the watermelon, green apple, grape, or mixed berry once I determined a favorite. After a few bites of each flavor I opted not to have seconds on any, because who really needs the flavor equivalent of five Jolly Ranchers in one sitting?

Pickles BBQ 02

All the meats are a la carte here. Baby backs come by the half or full rack. Ironically, the pickle provided gratis on the side was a warm and flaccid afterthought. I’m not sure if they use Mondays as a way to clear out the weekend’s leftovers, but these ribs were desiccated to the point of crumbling and flaking away from the bone. It’s as if they stopped midway through a bone-in jerky experiment and put the result on my plate. Their website claims that they “strive to bring the best and freshest barbecue to our community neighbors, day or night.” Pickles needs to strive harder.

Pickles BBQ 05

The brisket benefitted by direct comparison to the ribs. It was tender and moist enough, but it tasted more of paprika and beef broth than the advertised hickory smoke. Being forced to order a half pound of the stuff just to get a taste made it all the worse. At least seeing another warm pickle on this plate confirmed that they meant to serve it that way with the ribs too.

Pickles BBQ 03

A bowl of pickled and fried tobacco onions strings was overflowing and came paired with a spicy dipping sauce. I didn’t get much of the pickled flavor, but these were well executed fried onions. It was the only item I kept reaching back for. To be fair, there was enough in that bowl to fill me up, but man cannot live on onion strings alone.

Pickles BBQ 04

I didn’t try the smoked chicken, the sausage or any other sides. There is no option for a combo plate (except during the three hours of Sunday brunch) and the sides are generous enough to feed three or four. Sampling is not encouraged. With brisket, ribs, and onion strings I was already $24 into it, not counting the $6 pickle flight. Not even the personal television could justify the cost of ordering more, but I wouldn’t encourage a trip here at any price.

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