Monday, June 11, 2012

Buzzie's Bar-B-Q

KERRVILLE: Buzzie's Bar-B-Q
213 Schreiner St.
Kerrville, TX 78028
Open Tues-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-3

The original Buzzie's burnt down, so a newer building clad in stone and sitting off the main drag houses it now. The classic ordering process at the counter went smoothly and I was able to point directly to the crusty slices of beef that I preferred. As I waited I spotted a notice that trimmed lean brisket would be $3 per pound extra. This was my kind of place.

The plate presented was heaped with thick spare ribs with bark the color of a well oiled saddle. Hidden beneath was a smaller stack of sliced beef which had a slight chew to it, but the flavor was impressively smoky and well seasoned. The end of a spare rib has two meaty sides separated by a line of thick fat that runs from the cartilage out to the edge. When I see like the rib that was in front of me I like to start by pulling off the top end which I call the knuckle. If it comes off easily, I know the rib is well cooked. If it’s a well smoked rib, then I know this will be the best bite. This was a damn fine knuckle of pork rib meat, and the rest of the bone wasn’t bad either. The slaw was pleasantly crisp and the pinto beans nicely seasoned.

An employee working the pits named Mark showed us back to the pit room. The heat even in January was nearly unbearable as the live oak and mesquite fire raged at the base of the giant steel smoker. Ribs were placed closer to the center of the grates above directly over the fire giving them a distinct flavor of the coals. After seeing the pit room we needed to get on our way, but Mark likes to chat. He was friendly and gave plenty of odd information about the crazy characters on this part of the state, but I finally got a word in and we were back on the road hoping to find more meat of similar quality.

Rating ****

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you have finally made it to Kerrville! I love Bill's and Buzzie's both!


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.