Monday, January 7, 2013

Betty Rose’s Little Brisket

ABILENE: Betty Rose's Little Brisket
1055 North Judge Ely Blvd.
Abilene, TX 79601
(325) 672-3500
Open Sun-Thur 11-9, F-Sat 11-10

Betty Rose's doesn't have much going for it in the ambience department. It was tough to find the front door of the joint tucked into the corner of a retail center. Ordering is done at the counter, but there's no meat carving to witness. After a few minutes my Texas trinity plate was ready.

A soupy side of beans had a pleasant bite from the heavy black pepper, but the slaw was sad and soggy. Brisket was underseasoned with hardly a lick of smoke. "German sausage" on the menu, but what a I received were some sad slices of a cheap fatty link like Hillshire Farm. Germans everywhere should take offense at the association. The real bright spot was the well smoked rib. It was just barely dry, but not in a bad way. The meat was tender with good flavor, and compared to everything else on the plate, they were pretty good to look at too. Ribs alone just aren't worth a special trip to Abilene.

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.