Friday, May 28, 2010

The Barbecue House

NACOGDOCHES: The Barbecue House
704 North Stallings Drive

Nacogdoches, TX 75965


Open Sun-Thur 11-8:30,F-Sat 11-9

Originally opened in 1959, this joint moved to this location in 2004. It is owned and operated by John McClellan, a second generation pit master, and brother of Mike McClellan who runs Mike's BBQ house on the other side of town. The interior is decorated mostly with dead animal heads, none of them cow or pig. I opted for the drive thru on this Sunday morning so we didn't have to unlatch the sleeping baby in the backseat.

A pile of brisket, ribs and sausage all covered in sauce was served with beans and potato salad. The sausage was boring Eckrich-like links sliced thin with a little smoke flavor. Brisket was pure roast beef with barely a hint of smoke, and the flavor of the ribs was covered up by the tangy sauce. The meat on those ribs was tender enough, but they just had no flavor without the sauce. A chunky potato salad tasted homemade, and sweet beans with plenty of meat thrown in may have been able to make a meal on their own. Considered by some to be the best in town, I was disappointed with this plate of average 'cue

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.