Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Crazy Larry's Bar-B-Que

AMARILLO: Crazy Larry's Bar-B-Que
4315 Teckla Boulevard

Amarillo, TX 79109
Open M-Sat 10:30-9

This joint used to win Amarillo "Best of" awards back when it was called Doug Hank's. Most online listings of the address still show it as Doug Hank's so I was quite surprised to pull up and find Crazy Larry's Bar-B-Que. I don't usually judge a joint on it's name, but this one just didn't scream great barbecue to me. We hit the drive-thru undaunted and ordered a combo plate and a sausage sandwich.

The pulled pork is supposed to be good, but they decided to sub it out for sausage. They also couldn't fathom the idea that anyone would want no sauce on their barbecue. When I ordered it on the side, they gave me a large side of sauce AND poured it all over the meat. They say that sauce is generally used to cover up mistakes, and there were plenty to cover.

Sausage was in large disks like a beefy summer sausage, but with a mushy texture. Salt was the predominant flavor. The sliced beef did not have a predominant flavor as it was lacking much flavor at all. The texture was of overdone pot roast and there was no smoke evident. Ribs had a hint of smoke, but the dry meat beneath a crispy crust needed that sauce, but was the only meat not to receive it. I probably won't make another stop to see what these meats taste like naked, but it would be nice if they'd serve them that way when asked.

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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.