Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tommy's Barbecue

IRVING: Tommy's Barbecue
2840 West Irving Blvd.
Irving, TX 75061
Open M-W 11-8:30, Thur-Sat 11-9, Sun 12-7

The lack of a smoky scent in the parking lot left little hope that this joint would produce standout meat. The proof was on the plate. The ribs were mushy with poorly rendered fat. The crust had a hint of flavor from the pepper rub, but there was little smoke flavor detected. The brisket slices were dry, smokeless, and nearly flavorless. This brisket needed more than sauce to save it.

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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.