Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cowboys Barbeque & Rib Company

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.

Rating **
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Anonymous said...

I ate there last week and was waited on by thugs... made me feel a little uncomfortable. The BBQ tasted a bit dry and was served cold. A wasted trip and 18 bucks. Wont be back.

Anonymous said...

I have just returned from a dining experience that "Cowboys Barbeque & Rib Co." that was poor enough to make me look it up on the web in an effort to contact a manager/owner. I subsequently found this web page/blog. I took my wife and three kids on Wednesday evening at about 5:30pm.

I'll break it down by single bullets; you judge for yourself at the end:

-The brisket was okay, not great.
-The BBQ sauce was very tasty.
-The baked potatoes (we ordered three) were cold; and I mean germ growing cold.
-The joint was out of butter, rolls, and ALL fountain drinks. They did charge us for our 5 "no selection" sweet teas, though...
They were out of knives (which makes tackling a country fried steak--we ordered two--a little difficult).
-The potato salad, black-eyed peas, and country fried steak seemed to be store bought.
-They had a TV showing "COPs" in the dining room. I had the pleasure of having to ask the girl behind the counter to change the channel from people with bleeding heads, marti gras boob shots, and car wrecks... She rolled her eyes and reluctantly changed it.
-One of our meals was "forgotten", and thus, not served with the rest of the family for some time.
-We watched two separate people who had ordered carry out prior to us in line have to come back in for forgotten or incorrect orders. Perhaps that would also explain the faint smell of marijuana coming from the kitchen. Seems they smoke more than just meat.

The good news is that Weatherford has such a large selection of good home-grown restaurants that we will not be inconvenienced in the least by not returning. If I was to order there again,( and I won't,) it would be a meat only to go order that I check thoroughly before leaving the store.

Anonymous said...

This place is now CLOSED.


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.