Thursday, July 31, 2008


AUSTIN: Stubb’s
801 Red River
Austin, TX 78701
Open M-W 11-11, Thur-Sun 11-2am

Stubb's is probably now more well known for live music and the bottled sauce at your local Kroger, and there's a reason. The ribs here are large and meaty, but they're also tough, to salty, devoid of smoke, and poorly rendered. The brisket was a little better with a decent crust that held some smoke flavor, but overall it was dry, and a bit roast-beefy.

Rating *

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Rick's Smoke House Barbeque

GARLAND: Rick's Smoke House Barbeque
1417 S Jupiter Rd
Garland, TX 75042
Open M-F 10:30-5, Sat 10:30-3

Rick's was a pleasant surprise along a nondescript suburban street nestled among giant faceless office buildings and storage facilities. The food was better than expected, and was the best sampled in this area of DFW. The ribs were smoked perfectly with a great crust, fat well rendered, and smoked flavor throughout the meat. The seasoning was also good, and pleasantly took second fiddle to the smoke. The brisket had a fine smoke line and good crust along with good pull-apart tenderness. The seasoning was lacking, and the crust had good smoke flavor, but bites not blessed with crust lacked that carcinogenic flavor that we craved.

Rating ***

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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.