Wednesday, December 16, 2009
DALLAS: Way Way's Bar-B-Q & Everythang
5225 Houston School Rd.
Dallas, TX 75216
Open M-Sat 12-11
Update 12/2009: I stopped by this little shack for lunch the other day, but made sure to call ahead and verify that they had sliced brisket and ribs ready. They were ready, but that might be because it was yesterday's brisket.
Don't get me wrong, the brisket had a decent crust and smoke ring, and the smokey flavor was there, but these slices were very dry, and the texture was a bit mealy. So it was either overcooked, or warmed from the previous day's leftovers. The ribs tasted fresher. They were haphazardly chopped, and the batch that made its way into my box was heavy on the fatty end of the rib, but the meat that remained was pleasant. There was substantial crust and a good amount of smoke flavor. The meat was tender, but also a bit dry. Sides were just like the first visit. Mashed potato salad that was very sweet, and meaty beans with good spice.
A bonus is that while you wait for your order, you can contemplate your order for candles sold by the owner's mother. She'll be happy to let you sniff scents like "Christmas Tree" and "Canteloupe", or you can be more daring and try "Lick Me All Over". There are also fragrances for Michelle and Barack Obama, but no word on how they determined that presidential smell.
09/2009: Way Way's just opened up a few weeks ago, and haven't quite gotten their timing down yet. When I arrived at 12:30 the ribs weren't ready and all the brisket that had been smoked was already chopped. I opted for the somewhat pricey ($13) two-meat combo with chopped beef and sausage. While I waited, I snuck around back to check out the mobile smoker spewing out hickory smoke.
The beef was rich with beefy, smoky flavor which the hot version of WW's sauce complemented nicely. The sauce could have added more heat, but the mixture of meat to crust to fat was spot on. Sausage was actually Smokey Denmark hot links. The links were sliced lengthwise making for easy finger food, but the best combination was a quarter slice of hot link with some chopped beef wrapped in a slice of the cheap white bread that was provided.
No choice is given for the sides of beans and potato salad. Both were homemade versions with plenty of sugar added. The beans had chunks of brisket and a spice mixture with a cajun kick. This joint, which oddly enough sells "everthang" from deodorant and toothbrushes to playing cards and black & milds, really shows some 'cue promise. I'll just call ahead next time to make sure I can get some sliced beef and ribs. Only then can I provide a proper rating.
Posted by BBQ Snob at 7:57 AM
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.
-THE PROPHETS OF SMOKED MEAT
-THE PROPHETS OF SMOKED MEAT