Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jack's Bar-B-Q

OKLAHOMA: Jack's Bar-B-Q
4418 NW 39th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73112


Open M-Sat 11-8

Just after breakfast with my father-in-law, there was a moment when we really understood one another. We were both stuffed, but he mentioned a BBQ joint that he had just spotted over on Route 66 in OKC. I insisted that we try it. It was a special moment because I understood that he understood this smoked meat obsession, and didn't question it. I'm glad he didn't because this was one of the better joints I've tried in Oklahoma City.

I was the only one in the joint as I ordered from the cafeteria line. As the meats were pulled from the warmer, and unwrapped, I could tell this might be some good smoked meat. I didn't learn much about the place while I was there, but Jack's seems to be a bit of a legend in OKC. That is until the original owner passed, and the joint then passed hands several times with mixed results. I don't know how long this team has been at it, but they definitely have hit on something. The firm brisket slices had mild seasoning, but incredible smoke flavor. Too much of the fat had been trimmed, but the meat was still plenty moist. This was some solidly good brisket. The ribs were step down. While very large and meaty, the meat was a bit tough as well as underseasoned. Again, the smoke was there, but I needed a bit more oomph. The beans also needed a bit more, but the broccoli salad was full of flavor. Hopefully, this owner can stick around until I get a return visit. Maybe the ribs will be better.

Rating ***
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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Cool sign! That may have to become a future painting.


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.