Sunday, October 24, 2010

Leach Bros. Pit Bar-B-Q

CLEBURNE: Leach Bros. Pit Bar-B-Q
1106 E Henderson St

Cleburne, TX 76031


Open M-Sat 11-7

The hours on the door and the website say they open at 11:00, but it couldn't have been any later than 10:00 when SmokeMaster1, my wife and I made our way through Cleburne on a Saturday morning. We were taking the long way to Blanco, Texas for a wedding, and thought some BBQ was in order on our way down. This was the first stop.

After unwrapping our order in the car, it seemed that they may be trying to get rid of yesterday's (or the day before's) meat. The ribs were misshapen and poorly cut, the meat tasted steamed rather than smoked, and only the heavy seasoning made them decent. Brisket slices were dry and a monochromatic level of pale gray. It was essentially roast beef, and relied heavily on the sauce crutch. Even after our small order, there was plenty left when we put the car in drive and hoped for something better at the next stop.

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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.