Sunday, February 8, 2009


2612 W. Pioneer Parkway

Arlington, TX 76013


Open M-Sat 11-9

The bold claim on the menu was enough to make me roll my eyes..."Best Ribs In Texas". I can verify the lack of truth in that claim, but if they changed it too "BBQ joint with the most Coca-Cola memorabilia" I could get on board with that. The place is positively packed with everything Coke from clocks to bottles and abundant signage, so I ordered a Coke while I waited for my to go order.

The brisket had a decent crust and a light smoke line. The meat was dryish with average tenderness. The slices lacked smoke and had little flavor overall. Adding a bit of the uniquely flavored sauce really helped. The ribs were better with a good bark, well rendered fat and a good moist texture. The rub was heavy on the salt, and the meat held some good smoke flavor. These St. Louis style ribs were good, but not quite the state's best.

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.