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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Good stuff! You can tell it's cooked hot and fast, but it still taste awesome.
BBQ_Bird @ Mumphord’s Place BBQ, 2016-05-29 01:08:56
Good but not yet great. The good: the staff, the atmosphere, the jalapeño sausage, the turkey and the sauce. The not so good: the brisket was tasty but not melt in your mouth. It was a bit too tough and lean for my liking. The sides were okay.
bbqmeatlover @ 4-T’s Bar-B-Q, 2016-05-29 00:17:16
if you go through ft worth on I 20 stop here
Lucas746 @ Cousin?s Bar-B-Q, 2016-05-28 18:50:33
My favorite place. Love the brisket, sausage, and ribs!
David Monasmith @ Lockhart Smokehouse, 2016-05-28 18:11:31
Had the sliced brisket here today. Bet good flavor, a little dry but not too bad. Sauce is good. Have had the chopped brisket sandwich here before & it was good, too. I'd give the brisket 3.5 stars. Potato salad was ok, but texture was a little grainy and needed more flavor. Beans were good, but pretty bland. Even a little more black pepper would help. Overall 3 stars.
Kenny G @ Weekends, 2016-05-28 17:54:28
Brisket sandwich was really flavorful. Swamp Fries are good.
Gene White @ Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue, 2016-05-26 19:03:19
Dallas' equivalent of Lambert's Downtown BBQ. Got the Two Meat Que plate and selected fatty brisket and pork Ribs with side of collard greens. Brisket was solid; ribs hit the spot. Collard greens were really good; BBQ sauce quite good. Finished off meal with homemade ice cream. Overall pretty good BBQ but KC style BBQ won't ever top Texas style BBQ.
Rahul Yaratha @ 18th & Vine Barbeque, 2016-05-26 11:24:30
I had to meet a coworker in New Braunfels today. During the drive there I started thinking about BBQ. I convinced myself (though when it comes to BBQ, it doesn't take much convincing) that I had to have some brisket and sausage for lunch. Not just any BBQ would do, I wanted to try a place I had never had before. After a quick search on Yelp, I found CBQ with 4stars! I get out of the car and take a deep breath, first thing that comes to mind is "where's the smell of smoke". I decide the wind must be blowing the the smoke to the other side of the building. I continue inside, as I open the door I get it, the faint smell of smoke. I reassure myself with the 4 star rating. I see a "wait to be seated" sign and think what kind of TX BBQ joint is this. Shouldn't I walk up to the counter, order my brisket then carry a tray of juicy BBQ on butcher paper to the table and enjoy? Not here you don't! At the table I receive a menu and begin to make my decision. A two meat plate with moist brisket and tx sausage plus two sides. I remember reading a Yelp review about the creamy coleslaw and I saw burnt end BBQ beans menus on the menu. A few minutes later a plate is brought to my table. What's up with this brisket, it doesn't look right? The sausage looks good. Since when does diced pieces of brisket count as burnt ends? I remind myself, Don't judge a book by the cover, this place has 4 stars! Let's start with the sides. Burnt end BBQ beans - like I mentioned, the burnt ends are diced cubes of brisket with no flavor and how much sugar did you put in here? These beans are so sweet I cannot eat them. The creamy coleslaw - lots of shredded cabbage and a few shredded carrots with an entire tub of mayo doesn't make it coleslaw. I've had better coleslaw from a drive thru window. Time for the brisket - doesn't BBQ brisket have a smoke ring? What's up with the weird "bark" (I use that term loosely) it has more of a beef jerky texture and flavor to it. Did this brisket receive any smoke? If so was it wrapped in foil so the smoke couldn't reach the meat? Bill Miller's BBQ doesn't have anything to worry about when it comes to CBQ. They won't be taking any brisket business away. I'm a firm believer that if you need BBQ sauce on your brisket it wasn't cooked correctly..... so, where's the sauce? 3 choices of house made sauce. A basic sauce, a honey mustard, and a spicy. The waitress did mention that it was really spicy. I also read some Yelp reviews that it was made with ghost chilies and it was very very hot. I started with the basic - know wonder the BBQ beans were so sweet. This sauce has no smokey flavors only sweetness, I'll pass. Let's try the TX sausage - casing has a nice snap to it. Wow something that has flavor. I can eat this. It's actually a decent piece of sausage. You can see the pepper in it, wait, what's that I see? Is that a smoke ring? How is it possible for the sausage to have a smoke ring, but the brisket doesn't? I didn't bother asking where the sausage was made, but it was good. Now back to the brisket and sauce. Honey mustard sauce - again, how much honey is in here? This too is so sweet it's not enjoyable. I decide to stop with the brisket and sauce and just eat the sausage and a slice of white bread. If you find yourself standing in front of CBQ BBQ do yourself a favor. Go inside and order some sausage to go, then look across the street. Do you see the Bucee's gas station? Go over there and get you a brisket sandwich and enjoy. On my drive back home I wonder about that 4 star rating. I will not be returning to CBQ!!
Butchkluth @ CBQ, 2016-05-24 21:34:50
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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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