Monday, July 20, 2009

Boomtown BBQ

11859 N Highway 259

Kilgore, TX 75662


Open W-Sat 10:30-5

A double wide trailer sits at the end of a long gravel drive just south of Kilgore. Inside, a friendly couple serve up generous portions of Texas BBQ. The interior of the trailer has been renovated so that nearly all of it is a kitchen with a small dining area to one side. Mostly take out orders are served from pans of meat resting in a residential oven while sides items rest in tupperware containers on the large island/transaction counter.

I ordered up a brisket sandwich and a rib sandwich. I watched as four huge spare ribs were piled between four pieces of bread, and a bun held a pile of sliced beef, all for nine bucks. The beef was incredibly moist. Well rendered fat melded with barely smoky but well seasoned meat to create succulent slices of beef that nearly melted in the mouth.

As pictured below, the spare ribs were huge. Unfortunately, the fat was not so well rendered with ribbons of fat remaining below the heavily seasoned meat. No crust had been able to form leading me to believe that much of the cooking had been done with the meat under wraps.

The out-of-the-way location coupled with the hefty recommendations created some high expectations, but the meat wasn't up to the challenge. While the protein was flavorful and satisfying, it was not a great example of smokey barbecue.

Rating **
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1 comment:

Nicole said...

I live in Kilgore and happen to agree that Boomtown is not all that it's cracked up to be. At one point and time, their Banana Pudding was what they were known for. And for a BBQ place to be known for something like that, well thats just a sin.


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.