Thursday, September 25, 2008

Evett's Bar-B-Que

UVALDE: Evett's Bar-B-Que
301 E Main St
Uvalde, TX 78801
Open Tues-F 10:30-6, Sat 10:30-4

Tens of thousands of butterflies were hurling themselves into the grilles and windshields of the vehicles humming along Highway 90 during a morning drive from Del Rio to Uvalde during the great butterfly migration in search of good 'cue. Along Main Street in Uvalde, I found Evett's just down from the closed down shell of Haby's. I wish I'd made it to Uvalde a few years ago to try the famed Haby's, but Evett's certainly made up for it. Before we get to the meat, the sides here were great. The potato salad was mustard based with nearly mashed potatoes, flecks of red pepper and a hint of sugar. Pinto beans rather than bbq beans are the standard in this area of Texas, and this joint puts out a good version. The meat was not to be outdone by the sides though. The brisket had a good smoky crust with a great flavor throughout, but little smoke was evident in bites without crust. The fat could have been more well rendered, and the slices were a bit dry, but a good brisket overall. The ribs were big spare ribs that arrived sauced. This is by rule a negative, but this thin, slightly sweet sauce did nothing but complement the deeply smoky meat. The crust was still evident beneath the sauce, and the meat below it was perfectly tender and all the fat had been rendered creating a nearly perfect rib. A better brisket would have bumped up the rating, but this was a great find in an out-of-the-way town.

Rating ****

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1 comment:

Uvalde's Own BBQ GURU said...

..Belive me habby's did you a favor for being closed down. Because if you talked to anyone who was local they would have told you to go to evetts! Its one of those hole in the wall's that's been their forever and doesnt change a bit! The potatoe sald is an old family recipe from germany! Its sweet and tangy with NO mustard :) but rather mayo with chopped red pepers and pickeles. They make it fresh almost everyday!! Where talking like 25lb batches here! Did you go check out the pits? I mean you get out of your car and you can just smell the bbq pits smokeing back there! The brisket is slow rosted just right. Evett's has great bbq sauce too! I've never tasted anything like it! I'm glad you got to taste some bbq from evett's because im sure you wont go threw town again looking for that other place again!


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.