Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mr. B's Barbecue

GRAND SALINE: Mr. B's Barbecue
1505 W. Garland
Grand Saline, TX 75140
Open Tues-Thur 11-8, F 11-9, Sun 11-8

It was early. They weren't yet open on this gray and rainy morning, but the lone lady working opened the door up for us anyway. It seemed the guy who owns the joint called her at about 4:00 am to come open the joint because he was ill. It was Tuesday and we were informed not to worry because everything was almost ready. It had all been smoked on Sunday and just needed to be reheated. Now we were worried.

More and more meat piled onto our plate with every ding of the microwave. The only meat worth eating were the ribs helped by a good crust and a sweet sauce. The two thin ribs were overdone while the thicker two were just too chewy. I won't waste too many descriptors on the poor quality hot links, the awful fatty commercial sausage, and the wet and salty deli ham.

The dry as a bone brisket fell apart into chunks on the plate. The first bite was awful, and I didn't need anymore to make an adequate assessment. A gallon of sauce wasn't going to fix this.

The lone bright spot on the morning was the only thing cooked fresh. Onion rings were hand battered and fried to order. A dash of salt and they were a welcome crispy excess on a dreary morning. Come to think of it, fresh onion rings make a better breakfast than microwaved brisket any day.

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Anonymous said...

This looks awful.

Frank Eriksen said...

Shame that some of the BBQ joints that have the look, just can't cook.

Anonymous said...

Drove past the other day and it looks closed. All fixtures are gone and the signage has been removed.


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.