Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hart's Firehouse BBQ

LAMPASAS: Hart's Firehouse BBQ
1799 S Highway 281

Lampasas, TX 76550

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Picnic tables abound under the huge shade trees out in front of this joint in between two state highways on the south side of Lampasas. There's not much indoor seating in this tiny joint where ordering is done directly at the counter where the meat is stored so you can ask for specific ribs on a rack or portions of crusty brisket that look particularly appealing. Unfortunately, looks can sometimes deceive.

The ribs that I chose were great. They were well seasoned with plenty of salt and pepper. They were smoky throughout, and had great moisture, but were just a bit tough. Brisket had all the right textural notes of a well cooked piece of meat, but it just needed more smoke. The meat didn't have the robust flavor of the ribs, and was an overall disappointment. The sausage was good and smoky. These nicely flavored links had great snap and had just the right amount of fat. The meats may not have been perfect, but the setting can help make up for inconsistencies.

Rating ***
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Don O. said...

Haven't been there since they were sold and changed from the Roadhouse to the Firehouse. Glad to hear it is still a good stop.

Anonymous said...

We stopped to eat during our trip and the meat didn't have good flavouring like most BBQ places and it was tough won't be stopping there anymore seems like cheap cuts of meat


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.