Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mike's Bar-B-Q House

NACOGDOCHES: Mike's Bar-B-Q House
1622 South St

Nacogdoches, TX 75964

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

John McClellan Sr. had run the Barbecue House across town since 1962 with help from his sons John and Mike. This joint opened in 1986 when Mike decided to go off on his own. The similarities between these places hardly make them competitors since both locations seem more like a copy of the other.

Service here is friendly and quick. A total of five people had a hand in getting my order ready, and it was complete in about 30 seconds after ordering. I headed back to the car with a standard three meat plate and a stuffed jalapeno. While the jalapeno was lackluster, the creamy, almost mahed potato salad was refreshing, and the beans flecked with chunks of brisket were above average. The meat was another story. Average grocery store grade sausage could have been heated in an oven based on the lack of smoke. Brisket was falling apart tender and covered in sauce, so there was little to taste other than the sauce. Ribs were falling from the bone (not good) and had little flavor at all. I was hoping for more from this place given its history, but this just may be what folks in Nacogdoches have come to expect from their '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.