Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wiley's Old Fashioned Bar-B-Q & Burgers

LUBBOCK: Wiley's Old Fashioned Bar-B-Q & Burgers
1805 Parkway Dr

Lubbock, TX 79403



My wife does not like barbecue. She'll stomach a turkey or sausage sandwich now and then, but when she tells me that she's hungry she doesn't want to hear that there's a BBQ joint nearby. Luckily for the both of us, this stop was at Wiley's Old Fashioned Bar-B-Q & Burgers. The building was in a mostly abandoned shopping strip called Parkway Center on the east side of town. My family stayed in the car in the shade of the old sign while I went inside. The interior was sparse, and orders are taken through a hole in wall between the kitchen and the dining room that lacked A.C. I grabbed a combo plate for me and my daughter to share and a burger & fries for my wife.

A video interview with the owner and pitmaster

Outside a plethora of smokers were fired up. You could smell the mesquite smoke all the way across the parking lot, and there was little question that these meats are cooked with 100% wood smoke.

Sausage was standard commercial grade but had a good blast of smoke to make it palatable. Brisket was better than it looks. It was a bit dry, but the meat had decent smoke and good seasoning. The ribs were the best item with plenty of good smokiness and a nice rub. The meat was tender without being overcooked, and I was quickly wishing that more than one was included in the combo.

Not to be missed is the burger. My wife was pleasantly surprised at the buttery toasted bun, the thin but juicy burger and the thick slice of cheese. This was a burger we'd be glad to eat anywhere, not just something to settle for at a BBQ joint.

Rating ***
Wiley's Bar-B-Que on Urbanspoon

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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.