Raymond’s Pit Bar-B-Q – Closed

10920 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218

Phone: (214) 327-5800
Hours: M-Thur 11-8:30, F-Sat 11-9

Opened 1981

TMBBQ Rating: 2

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Some of the best barbeque I have ever had. Had the beef rib, pork rib, sand brisket. Of the three, the brisket was the best, but that's like comparing Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron... all three were absolutely amazing. I'd say this place is easily as good as Pecan Lodge, just not quite as smokey. these guys know what they're doing.
catowne1 @ Cattleack BBQ, 2016-08-25 18:22:27
Stopped in here since customer of men said very good. Much better than the location in mt. Pleasant. So off I went. I can surely say it is much better than the dry tasteless brisket at the other location. I ordered moist brisket plate. Normally they don't have people as for it as it is normally used for chopped brisket plate. Overall it was solid, not fatty no chew, almost melt in mouth. I think they do a molasses rub which gives a super dark bark. It's good in a way as it gives it a slight sweetness. The bad is I think the fire may have been too hot and caused the molasses to have a slight burnt taste. No overwhelming but there. The other issue(preference) is they do not put any pepper in the rub or directly on brisket. So you don't get that extra layer of pop. I think it could really benefit from it. Overall a 3.5 out of 5. If didn't have slight burnt wood taste I would have given it a 4 out of 5. They have two sauces. Regular which was good and thick with tinge of pepper in it and spicy which is really spicy. Gets the back of the throat but at least when they say spicy they mean it. Other places with spicy are typically a medium salsa no burn. Mixing them together was a good move. Yet I didn't need more than a thin strip down middle of each piece to bring out full flavor. As for sides, their cucumber salad was very good. As for the Cole slaw, it must have been made day or two before as it was already tasting like kimchi and that is No Bueno. If you are looking for some decent meat, they do deliver.
Terry r @ Outlaws Bar B Que, 2016-08-25 18:03:20
What a relief to find good BBQ right here, deep in the land of boudin and Popeye's. Nothing fancy, crammed in the corner of an otherwise nondescript gas station, but still...really good ribs and pulled pork, pretty good sausage, passable sauce, and a place to sit and eat. Life is good.
jchan0210 @ Lil Daddy's Bar-B-Q, 2016-08-25 06:39:10
Entirely forgettable. Wondered why they were cutting the bark off the brisket until I tried some. Flavorless, tough, chewy, and inedible in places. Brisket was tender but flavorless, spare ribs had no smoke flavor at all. Sides from the Sysco tub. Wouldn't recommend.
Wes Mantooth @ The Bar-B-Q Man Restaurant, 2016-08-25 02:40:49
A lot of hype here. Brisket okay. Must was definitely the better of the lean. However it is served cubed. Not much of any smoked flavor. Good pepper taste though. Beef ribs come 3 doubles in the order and were flavorful but they dunk them fully in BBQ sauce. If like tons of sauce then this is place for you. If like ribs dry, out of luck. Cole slaw great with mayo base. Waffle fries also good with paprika on top.
Terry r @ Kenny's Smokehouse, 2016-08-24 01:55:35
This was stop number 3 on my 2008 journey to eat at all the Top 50. The owners were working on the building when I visited and wondered what I was doing when taking pics. Compared to BBQ in that area of south Texas it wasn't bad, but I feel TM highly overrated them.
Woodwill Smokers @ Smokey Joe’s Bar-B-Que and Grill, 2016-08-23 02:17:07
I ate here before an interview in For Worth a while ago.To me it was just average. Nothing stood out as far as flavor. It seems like they play it safe.
Woodwill Smokers @ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2016-08-22 23:21:02
This place was difficult to find especially when it got dark. But it was worth the trip I made a while ago to eat there links and brisket. It could of used a little more smoke but it was still decent. Pretty good for Marlin TX. Next time I'm in the area I will go back.
Woodwill Smokers @ Whup’s Boomerang Bar-B-Que, 2016-08-22 23:14:06
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Review

August 13, 2013

Update: This joint is permanently CLOSED.

2013: A meat cutter stood next to a cutting block loaded with smoked meat. It was all illuminated by a heat lamp. This was where the cafeteria line commenced. A plate was stacked with sliced brisket, pork ribs and warm, buttered Texas toast. I placed it on my tray and slid down the line. If you’ve eaten at an old cafeteria style joint like this one before, you know the rest. There are warm vats of sauce and beans and various other hot sides followed by the cold sides. A condiment table is stacked with pickles, onions, jalapeños and more sauce. Just before the register there’s a fountain drink machine and a couple cylinders of iced tea. The only thing missing at Raymond’s was the free soft serve ice cream.

 Raymonds BBQ 01

Back in 1964 this building was opened as an Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, and remained that way until Raymond Erwin bought the business in 1981. My first visit five years ago was unimpressive, but they’re under new management now. The meat didn’t look any different. It took only a few bites to assess that the sliced brisket lived up to the visual. It could have been cardboard adorned with a few lines from a Sharpie. Roasted pork was the primary flavor of the ribs that tasted much older than they should have during the lunch hour. If either meat had been sprinkled with seasoning, it was scant. The smokiness was similarly fleeting. The vinegar kick in the thin red sauce provided the only jolt to the tastebuds. A few token jalapeño slices masked the tinny flavor of the beans and the potato salad was a bowl full of give-up. Here’s to warm Texas toast.

Raymonds BBQ 02

It would have been a thoroughly disappointing meal if I hadn’t ordered an old standby – a chopped beef sandwich. It’s barbecue comfort food, and Raymond’s does it right. You won’t find pre-sauced meat of sloppy joe consistency glopped onto a cold white bun here. No. When the order is placed a bun is buttered and placed on the griddle. Brisket is portioned out on the chopping block and a rhythmic “thwack-thwack” fills an otherwise quiet dining room until only pebble-sized pieces of beef remain. The mound of beef is formed on the now warm bottom half of the bun, but the generous portion can’t be contained. It spills out onto the plate as the top half of the bun is put into place. As the plate is passed over to me I reached for the sauce ladle to bath the meat in the thin red barbecue sauce. After adding a few chunks of onion for texture and dill pickle slices for acidity, I had a lunch I could look forward to during my stroll to find a table. I was about to be reminded of what Aristotle was eating when he said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”At this point it didn’t matter that the beef wass dry and flavor-challenged. Barbecue sauce, butter and squishy bread were here to help.

Raymonds BBQ 03

Raymond’s is never going to win accolades for their sliced brisket, and they’ll probably never be recognized for something so seemingly mundane as a good chopped beef sandwich, but they should. A well made chopped beef sandwich is a beautiful and satisfying thing. It is also a secret weapon, or sometimes the only weapon, when dealing with a sub-par barbecue joint. You might be here at Raymond’s or at any of dozens of joints like it in the Texas where it’s understandable to be dubious about the smoked meats, but you must always remember Texas barbecue’s ace-in-the-hole.

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