Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Black Diamond Smokehouse
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS: Black Diamond Smokehouse
3900 Rufe Snow
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
Open Sun-Thur 10:30-9, F-Sat 10:30-11
Update: This joint is CLOSED.
2013: It was several months ago when I made my first visit to Black Diamond Smokehouse. The smoky smell is strong out in the parking lot and it doesn't dissipate inside. A large array of side items outside the norm of beans and slaw were available like cucumber salad, fried okra and mac & cheese along with the standard cuts of smoked meat. It was early evening and there wasn't another person in the large dining room so I grabbed a two-meat combo to-go and took it outside for a picnic on the trunk.
The ribs were covered in a thick black bark. Each bite was intensely smoky, but the heavy rub of powdery ingredients had a burnt flavor. The meat was tender if a bit dry and it came away from the bone nicely. A jalapeno sausage was well smoked, but it was an overly salty commercial sausage. The brisket was also both smoky and a bit dried out. They had some real potential which brought me back a few months later to try it again.