Saturday, April 23, 2011
FORT WORTH: Stop 6 Bar-B-Que
4708 East Rosedale Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105
Open M-Sat 11-9
Update: This joint is CLOSED and is now South Texas BBQ & Tex-Mex Grill.
2011: The third time's a charm. After two trips to this joint, I came up empty in the homemade sausage department. The large letters advertising it on the front of the building seemed to taunt me. On this trip I was making sure I'd get there before it ran out. Sitting in the parking lot at 10:55, I waited patiently for the joint to open. At 11:10 the pitmaster came outside and let me know I could come in and place an order.
Sausage was all I needed, and I asked for a pound. I was quickly informed that it hadn't been completely warmed and was offered a quick zip in the establishment's microwave. I opted to take it home in its lukewarm state, but they held firm to the $15.99/pound price tag. For those of you complaining about the prices at Lockhart Smokehouse, I've found a new target for you.
The link was substantial, and had been cut from a larger ring. The grind was fairly fine with a slightly chewy casing. Given the girth, it may have been beef middle casings, but the filling was mostly, if not all pork. Heavy with herbs and spices, it had more of a breakfast sausage flavor with light smoke. A good bit of heat provided some bold flavors, but it just needed more time on the smoker. While it was a fine sausage overall, I'd probably go out of my way to the Sausage Shoppe for less expensive and smokier links in Fort Worth.
2010: The music could be heard from the compact parking lot. It was so loud I thought a club scene might greet me on the other side of the thick metal door. Instead, there was a young girl at one of the few tables with textbooks and a notebook out trying to do her homework. The boom-box in the corner was literally blaring into her ear while she tried to study, and it was just uncomfortable to watch. The ordering process was just as difficult. A few lines were exchanged at an all out yell before it was determined that they were out of their homemade sausage. I opted for hot links, brisket and ribs.
None of the meat had much smokiness. The beef was tender as if baked, but the generous portion of fat within each slice was chewy. The ribs were fall apart tender, but the meat's flavor was covered up with the sweet sauce. The best option was the hot link. Sliced in half lengthwise, these links had a great snap, and the flavors were well balanced. A little black pepper heat was evident, but they weren't really too hot. My next visit will be a sausage sampling with these hot links along with some of that homemade sausage. I'll just wear some ear plugs and arrive with a written order.
Posted by BBQ Snob at 7:07 AM
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.
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