Monday, March 30, 2009

Duke's Smokehouse

GEORGETOWN: Duke’s Smokehouse
408 W. Morrow
Georgetown, TX 78626
512- 930-2877
Open Sun-Thur 7-8 (drive-thru ‘til 9), F-Sat 7-9

We arrived at Duke's at 9:05 with what we thought was plenty of time considering their website says they're open until 10:00 on Fridays, but the sign on the door displayed their new hours which end at 9:00. The drive-thru was the only option, and they only had brisket and sausage left, so we got a bit of each. Back at a friend's house we opened the containers to find some good looking brisket, and some grocery store grade sausage. The brisket was a bit tough, but the crust and smokeline were prominent. The meat was smoky all the way through each slice, and the overall flavor was good. The fatty sausage had a fine grind with little flavor at all. Based on the brisket, I'd like to get back here to try a full offering of meats in their prime.

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.