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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Lean sliced and polish sausage both great fantastic lunch
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2014-10-24 17:20:57
Great ribs today. Perfect smoke and candied on the outside
Craig Hutchinson @ Tyler’s Barbeque, 2014-10-24 05:08:08
A little expensive but still good.
Mark Myers @ Iron Works BBQ, 2014-10-21 17:40:17
Good brisket and slaw. Always a good sign when the sides are good.
Mark Myers @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-10-21 17:39:02
I enjoyed one of the best nuggets of brisket at this little hidden gem. This is what brisket was intended to taste and look like
Andrew Sanderson @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-10-20 17:53:27
Pork ribs are the main attraction here and rightly so. Great bang for your buck as tons of meat and less bone; always a good thing. Brisket was good; sides solid. Friendly service and definitely a must visit spot in Houston.
Rahul Yaratha @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2014-10-18 19:52:59
Had a chopped with gravy disappointed after the good BBQ down the street
doug_wallace @ Jasper’s Bar-B-Que, 2014-10-18 14:16:27
Large combo brisket sausage and ring bologna with gravy fantastic !
doug_wallace @ Tony DeMaria’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-10-18 14:11:24
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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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