Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tiger's BBQ

2555 N Dallas Ave
Lancaster, TX 75134


Open M-Thurs 10-11, F-Sat 10-midnight, Sun 12-10

Lancaster is Tiger country. Across the road from Tiger's BBQ is the towering Tiger stadium, and I'm guessing this little joint gets plenty of student traffic. The students were long gone when I stopped during the dinner hours and grabbed an order to go. I asked for a special menu item of "Breaks" which are deeply smoked rib tips (like rib burnt ends), but they were all out. I went for the standard two meat plate of ribs and brisket instead with some soul food sides of yams and greens.

Those yams were syrupy and way too sweet for my tastes, but the greens were great. With no more moisture than your average cardboard box, the brisket disappointed. Each slice had every remnant of crust or fat shaved off, and it barely tasted smoked. Big spare ribs were much better. They were cut in half and the bone end was tender, smoky and well seasoned. The fat was nicely rendered, so I was surprised that the rib ends, though flavorful, were chewy. A few dunks in the spicy sauce helped me polish off the ribs while those sad brisket slices continued to dry out in the box beside me.

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.