Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Red Barn Bar-B-Que

4913 Colleyville Boulevard
Colleyville, TX 76034
Open M-Sat 11-9

If you can believe it, this joint is housed in a red barn that looks a little out of place on this busy six-lane road. Entering the parking lot, I immediately smelled heavy smoke. At 2:30 in the afternoon, the place was empty. I noticed a sign advertising free beer, except for to-go orders, but I was in a rush so I did not partake. I got 1/4 pound each of brisket and ribs. These baby backs had great meat girth. They took just the right amount of tooth to come off the bone, but the flavor from the rub dominated any smoke flavor that may have existed. The rub gave these ribs a flavor that had hints of taco seasoning. It wasn't a bad flavor, just not what you'd expect of good 'cue. The brisket was monochromatically gray with all the crust peeled away before slicing. The slices were dry with little smoke flavor, and were just below mediocre. With the closure of Railhead in Colleyville, there are few choices around this part of DFW, but this place only works in a pinch.

Rating **
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Greg S said...

I think you need to give this place another try. I've been there when the brisket was just as you described, but I've also been there when everything was just a star rating below some of the best places in the state. It's not 5 star stuff, but at it's best I'd put it up there in the 3 to 4 star category. And you're right, in this part of DFW it's the best thing going.

Unknown said...

You definitely need to redo this review. And try the banana pudding.

Kirk said...

I would agree, try it again. We've had good luck there, but have also been in when they were out of brisket and it wasn't even that late. The Tea is really bad though, I would recommend BYOB. Have never seen a free beer sign!.


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.