Friday, February 26, 2010

Country Cousins Barbeque

CENTERVILLE: Country Cousins Barbeque
930 W Saint Marys

Centerville, TX 75833


Open Sun-Thur 10-8, F 10-9, Sat 9-8

At Exit 164 on I-45, there is a Woody's Smokehouse on either side of the highway to reel in travelers no matter what direction they're headed. What you will not find on the billboards leading up to Centerville are advertisements for Country Cousins which sets just beyond the Chevron station. Ordering is done at the window up on the porch, and the food is to-go only.

The ribs were stringy and a bit tough, but the flavor from the well formed bark was pleasing. Smokiness didn't penetrate the meat and they were a bit mangled, but overall they were decent.

Brisket also had a well formed crust, but these slices needed more time on the smoker. The slices were very tough, and the flavor was little more then roast beef. They'll need to improve that brisket before considering their own billboard.

Rating **

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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.