HUDSON OAKS: Cowboys Barbeque & Rib Co.
3322 Fort Worth Hwy
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
Open Tues-Thur 11-8, F-Sat 11-10, Sun 11-3
Update: This joint is CLOSED.
2009: Cowboys Barbeque & Rib Co. may be a well known name to readers of this blog. The proprietor is the infamous Dallas Green who lent his name to the now defunct Cowboys BBQ in Colleyville, which has since reopened under new ownership as Daddy Joe's. The local paper seems to like this compact but spiffy new joint which Dallas owns and operates (he even waited on me when I visited), but I found the offerings a bit lacking in the smoked meat department.
The photo above is what you should plan to receive when you order a 1/2 lb of "sliced" brisket. The meat had very little smoke flavor, even in the meager portions that were crusty. The shredded morsels were plenty moist, but roast beef was about the only detectable flavor.
The ribs were better with a good flavor, but it was obvious that these were more towards the rib cook-off variety than real Texas 'cue. The St. Louis style ribs were basted and finished on the grill giving them a straight from my backyard flavor. Each rib had plenty of moist meat that was fall off the bone tender, but they needed more smoke. At $23 for a full rack dinner, you'd expect more from a plate of ribs that cost more than a prime steak at many Dallas steakhouses. Once again, great success on the competition circuit does not translate into great restaurant 'cue.