Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Holsters Texas Bar-B-Q

HURST: Holsters Texas Bar-B-Q
1101 Melbourne Road

Hurst, TX 76053
Open M-Sat 10-9, Sun 11-6

Holsters is a tony joint inside the mall with no website, but oddly has a promotional video instead. Tucked between Dick's Sporting Goods and Macy's, the food court has a multitude of food options. Generally a large chain like Sonny Bryans or Dickey's would have a spot here, but this is an independent joint.

Those multiple options mean that the pre-made 'cue here may need to sit around a while before enough takers drop by the counter. This was evident in the dry and chewy spare ribs whose age showed in the off flavor profile. Moist slices of well smoked brisket were much better. There was still a crust, but no smokering. This was the best brisket I've had in a mall, but that's not saying much. Sides were a disappointingly soupy potato salad and bland ranch beans, but the roll was pretty good. Given the nicely sweet and spicy sauce, you might be able to make a decent sandwich from the rolls and the brisket.

Rating **
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Anonymous said...

delicious bbq! very friendly staff also. much better than i anticipated

Anonymous said...

I really think your comments are out of place because I go there weekly and food is great if you (the host) is looking free bbq you wont get it doing it this way. I should call holsters bbq home office to report this mess to them and hopefully the can sue you for defamation.

BBQ Snob said...

You must have mistaken this for a harsh review. I said it was worth going to if you're in the neighborhood (or at the mall), but it's not worth a special trip.

I spend plenty of my own money on barbecue and never request or accept free meals. Do you really think I'd risk my integrity by seeking out a free meal from a place I didn't particularly like?

If you really like the place then offer your own comments on the food (outside of the regularity of your visits). Threats of defamation are pretty worthless in comparison.


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.