Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Riley's Bar-B-Q

1111 Hwy 290 West
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Open M-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-5

Update: This joint is CLOSED.

2009: Dripping Springs bills itself as the Gateway to the Hill Country, and Riley's sits in the heart of it in a strip mall that tries to look older than it is with artificially weathered wood and Austin stone. A sign outside welcomes bikers, but inside all I found was old timers hanging out around the TV's. I ordered a large spare rib and some sliced beef. The brisket was tender and moist with a decent smoky crust. Outside the crust it was just a little roast-beefy. The rib was picture perfect with a nice red crust and a red interior that was fall apart tender, but the flavor didn't keep up its end of the bargain. The smoke flavor was fleeting, as was any flavor at all. They really needed the sauce to give them some life.

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.