Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hodie's Bar-B-Q

DALHART: Hodie's Bar-B-Q
701 S Highway 87

Dalhart, TX 79022

A week earlier I sat in this parking lot looking at the CLOSED sign wondering when I'd get back to this far corner of Texas. Then it dawned on me that my family's path to Colorado would swing right through here again soon. I was leading the two-car caravan as we approached town the following week. It was evening, and the family was hungry. We hadn't discussed dinner plans, but the blinking lights of Hodie's sign made the decision for us.

We took our spot at the large round table just inside the door. Like many small town BBQ joints, the menu here is a little wider than just smoked meats to serve a variety of palates. I went straight for the three meat combo plate which came with those sides so familiar to from other Panhandle BBQ visits. Slaw, beans, potato salad and onion rings were all there, and were all very good. All that was missing was the apricot puree.

Huge links of fatty and mushy commercial sausage had some smokiness, but just wasn't good. Gray slices of brisket were dry, lacked smoke and flavor, and needed the sauce. Ribs were by far the best item. While the long slender spare ribs were a bit overcooked, they had great flavor from the rub. There was some decent smoke flavor, and the meat was very tender. Ribs and rings again were proven to be the preferred meal of this corner of Texas.

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.