Friday, July 10, 2009

Texas Outback BBQ

414 E Main St
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Open Mon-Fri 11-9, Sat & Sun 11-8
(972) 264-7370‎

Update: A return trip has yielded disappointing results regarding meats but one fantastic concept that I'd like to advocate. I got a sliced beef sandwich and a side of two ribs. The ribs were very similar to my first visit. Tender with a pleasant glaze, but no smoke at all. The brikset was even less distinctive than before. Low and slow was definitely not the tempo as the fat was barely beginning to render yet the meat was one consistent tone of grey and lacked any crust or smoke line.

The good news, at least at a conceptual level, is that I witnessed a stroke of genius while waiting in line. The implications of the item "Po Boy" on the menu had escaped my entirely until I saw one being put together. A long, buttered and toasted split roll was covered in sliced beef and doused with their sweet and dark sauce. While not a traditional Texas presentation of what meets our traditional Texas standards, it looking fantastic. Maybe it would be sacrilege to put some of Snow's transcendent brisket to use in that manner, but good Lord, would it be tasty.

Stars: * *

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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.