Monday, October 4, 2010

Bar-B-Q Shack

107 US Highway 70 E

Kingston, OK 73439


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The Bar-B-Q Shack is run out of a tiny metal building in the tiny town of Kingston, Oklahoma. Most orders are taken at the window for to-go orders, but there are a few seats inside and some picnic tables outside if the weather is right. The sign says "100% Hickory Smoked", and you can definitely smell it in the air when ordering. I went with my regular order of a brisket and ribs combo plate with potato salad and beans. Meaty beans were an option, and they came out as a pile of smoky beans a la chopped beef. Perfect. The potato salad wasn't bad either.

Brisket was a bit overcooked, and slightly dry, but all else was good. The crust and smoke level were great, and the overall flavor was quite good as well. Big meaty spare ribs had well rendered fat throughout, and the meat was nicely tender. A good bark helps the smoke level, but it could have been smokier deep into the meat. I'm just glad to know I have a good option for BBQ when I'm visiting the family at Lake Texoma. This is truly some quality '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.