Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Polak's Sawsage Farm

KARNES CITY: Polak's Sawsage Farm
2835 S Highway 181
Karnes City, TX 78118
Open M-Tues 8:30-8:30, Thur 8:30-8:30, F-Sat 8:30-9, Sun 8:30-3

If I could judge this joint on sides and items on the menu besides the barbecue, then it might get a more solid endorsement, but the barbecue at Polak's Sawsage Farm isn't worth stopping for.

A side of sauerkraut flecked with bits of smoked meat was well seasoned with just the right amount of crispness. A German potato salad was richer than expected in a good way. I finished them both. The homemade sausage links was decent, but the casings hadn't crisped up at all and there was little evidence of smoke. It made me wonder if maybe the sausage wasn't smoked. The brisket on the other hand was inexcusable. It had been sliced then rewarmed on a flat top back in the kitchen. The surfaces of the slice (singular) were browned and the edges were crispy. I cringed as I took a bite knowing that it wouldn't be pleasant. It wasn't.

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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.