Sean’s Mesquite Pit BBQ

401 N US Highway 287
Decatur, TX 76234

Phone: (940) 627-7227
Hours: M-Sat 11-9, Sun 11-3
Website: www.seansmesquitepitbbq.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seansmesquitepitbbqdecatur

Opened 2005
Pitmaster Sean Maynard
Method Wood-fired rotisserie smoker with mesquite

TMBBQ Rating: 2

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Comments from our joint finder app.
Brisket was moist, but tough. Needed more smoke. Spare ribs were ok.
mrb @ Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-08-27 02:53:29
Stopped at Rudy's at Leon Springs. Not good. Brisket was moist but tough. Ribs were fair.
mrb @ , 2014-08-27 02:47:40
How do we get KB's BBQ on the finder for Victoria TX?
Kent Sistrunk @ , 2014-08-26 17:54:51
The "big chop" is insane. Make sure you try the jalapeño pork and beans in the cauldron in the back.
George Caflisch @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2014-08-26 16:49:15
This is a special place and worth the detour. Brisket is pretty darned good, pork ribs are pretty decent, the sausage is somewhat generic. The green beans are the best I've ever had. I just love the whole scene.
George Caflisch @ Mumphord’s Place, 2014-08-26 16:43:55
Had the all you can eat last night ribs chopped and bolo beans and frings this place is is getting better it had slid down for a while but the ribs were fantastic
doug_wallace @ Sammie’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-08-26 12:58:13
What a great lunch at Coopers in Llano The big chop was wonderful and the sirloin and pork ribs were sooo good
Jackie Hanson @ , 2014-08-25 20:17:12
Had a snows brisket yesterday they've greatness smoke pepper perfection
doug_wallace @ Snow’s BBQ, 2014-08-24 18:00:26
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Review

October 1, 2013

I’d seen this joint from the highway a couple of times, and I finally took the giant Texas U-turn required to visit. If you’re headed north on US Highway 287 through Decatur you’ll need to exit at US Highway 380 and go around a couple of cloverleaf ramps to get here. Stop when you see a solarium attached to what looks like an old Dairy Queen.

Sean's Mesquite plate

If you get there at lunch expect to wait. It may not be barbecue that’s worth traveling for, but it’s certainly a popular local option. A significant line had formed by 11:45. At least everything should be fresh, or so I hoped. Most were ordering the sandwich special, but I went bigger. Brisket and ribs were obvious choices, and it was the pulled pork that looked best on the carving block. Sadly it was dry with little flavor or smoke. I swear I saw the knife man grab a chunk with plenty of bark from the outer edge of the still intact pork shoulder, but all the bark somehow evaporated before it made it on my plate.

Sean's Mesquite brisket

It’s rare that I find brisket to be the best item on an otherwise poorly executed menu, but these slices were tender and moist with plenty of mesquite smoke flavor. The brisket along with the fresh yeast rolls that are doled out by servers in the dining room would have made a good meal. What didn’t help was a thin stew of leftover meat mixed with potatoes and onions. If better executed it could be Texas’s answer to Brunswick stew, but in this case it tasted like the recycled food that it was. The mac & cheese got some praise in the online reviews that I perused while in line. It consisted of shells and lots of cheese – more of a pasta soup. It reminded me of the less than tempting commercials where processed “liquid gold” is gratuitously poured over pasta.

Sean's Mesquite Ribs

The over-tender ribs were probably from the day before. The meat flaked away from the bone and the overwhelming flavor was salt. One of the ribs had been cut some time ago and had a petrified edge. Another yeast roll, please.

Sean's Mesquite smoker

After the meal I snooped around out back. They had a big stack of mesquite and a small smokehouse. Inside were two aging rotisserie pits. They didn’t have any markings on them from the manufacturer, but I would guess they’re probably old Bewley rotisserie pits. The fact that they’re still operating is a testament to Bewley quality, but the quality of the barbecue coming out of them could be improved.

 

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