Monday, December 21, 2009

George's Happy Hog Bar-B-Q

OKLAHOMA: George's Happy Hog Bar-B-Q
712 Culbertson

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Open M-Sat 11-7

George's sure looked like it had potential, but it was just bad in all phases on this trip. A great smoky aroma greeted me when I exited the car, but that smoke didn't seem to make it into the meat. I applauded the offering of a four meat sampler plate, so I went for some brisket, ribs, pulled pork and sausage.

Brisket was sliced with the grain making for some chewy slices. They had a decent crust and smokering, but were incredibly dry. Sausage links were a tepid version of low grade grocery store sausage. Rib tips had more fat than meat, but the few morsels did have a decent flavor. Pulled pork was nearly half fat by weight. The pork had been baked and had no crust or smoke, and whole gobs of fat had been chopped and added to the plate. It was just plain nasty.

Based on positive input from other BBQ lovers in their past visits here, I feel like I need to give this place another chance, but for now...

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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.