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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Stopped in on a weekday at 12:40 & was immersed in the "you're at a GREAT Texas BBQ joint" feeling immediately. Cars parked up and down the street (like it seems to be a most great places there is little parking). I saw some outside picnic tables with people from all walks of life talking and eating. I made it inside and found about 4 tables and not too bad of a line. The lady taking orders (& everyone else) were super friendly. I felt like a regular. I ordered the 3 meat and a table opened up so I ate there inside. The line came by my table so I was able to tell from the talk all the first timers who were in line. The returners were giving them pointers on what sausage, ribs & sides to pick. I got moist brisket which had a black bark and plenty of smoke. Great flavor and unlike some have said it had a good salty taste. The spicy sausage looked dry but I was surprised at how tender and good it was. It snapped when you ate it and had an excellent flavor. The ribs I got were St Louis style and although the meat was firm it would pull off the bone in one big delicious piece. I am definitely becoming a rib man. It had a pretty pink ring and was moist was a brisket rub kind of flavor. I don't line multi meat plates. I'd rather get more of 1 or 2 meats but at Gatlin's I don't know what meat I'd eliminate. I ordered it to go so I could take the left overs but there were none! My choice for BBQ in Houston.
Hank Mangum @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2014-04-18 08:37:56
pretty darn good
rgv @ Longoria’s BBQ, 2014-04-17 13:51:33
Simple, great sandwiches and plates, beef is tender and perfectly cooked. Fresh, crisp cole slaw and great tater salad. Beautiful Texan place with a handful of small tables on the porch and some more in the yard out front. Been there twice, and will return. Perfect for a lunch when out bicycling!
Trond Smestad @ Pop’s Pit BBQ, 2014-04-17 13:43:34
Pound of ribs they were perfection beans and tater salad
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2014-04-16 14:07:00
Place is closed...thank god
Brad Golub @ Duke’s Smokehouse, 2014-04-15 20:28:17
Still the best in Lockhart and second best in central Texas.
Brad Golub @ Black’s Barbecue, 2014-04-15 11:35:24
Fantastic Beef Rib and Beef Brisket
Omar Lemus @ Black’s Barbecue, 2014-04-14 16:29:35
It saddens me to hear the words brisket and bbq sauce in the same sentence.
Larry Broome @ , 2014-04-13 20:21:27
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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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