Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Marshall's Bar-B-Q

GARLAND: Marshall's Bar-B-Q
510 W Walnut Cir

Garland, TX 75040


Open M-F 11-6:30, Sat 10:30-4:30

Initially I crossed this location off-of my DFW to-do list thinking it was part of the Marshall's mini-chain. After learning that it was an independent operation, I made it a stop just before a weekend brisket run to Meshack's just down the road. Two friendly Asian ladies helped put together my to-go order of one of the cheapest two meat plates in town. Ribs, brisket and two sides were under $10. A pile of average tasting fried rice was one of the most original BBQ accompaniments I've tried in the state along with a creamy and sweet macaroni salad.

However mangled the picture makes these cuts appear, the thick slices of brisket were nicely cooked, but had nary a hint of smoke. The slices were moist and tender with a good beefy flavor. Large meaty spare ribs did have a hint of smoke, but most of the flavor came from a sweet glaze heavy with black pepper that was applied after cooking. While both meats were cooked well and had good texture and decent flavor, they lacked bark, a smokering and smokiness altogether. This was just mediocre BBQ.

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.