Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hickory Stick Bar-B-Q

EVERMAN: Hickory Stick Bar-B-Q
900 E Enon Ave.

Everman, TX 76140


Open Tues-Sat 8-8

Update 2009: It had been nearly three years since I headed over to Everman for the first time to give the dynamic duo of Hickory Stick and Longoria's a try, so I thought it was high time for a repeat visit when my Ohioan sister came to town looking for good 'cue.

I ordered up a two meat plate to share. They had just run out of ribs, so I opted for hot links and brisket. The hot links had to have been from Smokey Denmark in Austin. The all beef links were flecked with black pepper and had a decent snap to the crust. What was missing was any added smoke flavor from the pits at Hickory Stick. The beef was also missing the smokiness. Moist tender slices were covered in sauce. With little crust and no discernable smokeline, the sauce was about the only thing giving flavor to these roast beef slices.

The sides were also uninspired. Grocery store grade cole slaw sat next to pinto swimming in the liquid straight out of the can. Having missed the ribs on both visits, I'm hoping that I can try them on a return trip I see if this joint's popularity is based on ribs alone.

Rating **

2006: This joint is just south of Ft. Worth in the town of Everman which houses two quality joints just down the street from one another. The sausage here had a chewy skin with a fleeting bologna flavor. It had just enough fat, and a good peppery flavor. The brisket had a passable crust, but the smoke was not evident. The slices were lean to a fault creating a dry, dense brisket, but there was still some decent flavor there.

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fitz91 said...

was just out there today as well and enjoyed a beef and sausage bbq 'wich. Pretty tender meat. Thought the sauce was just right. Maybe could'a used more smoke, but the sandwich hit the spot...dude you ARE a BBQ snob
!!!! Can't wait to check out one of your 5 star places if this only got '2'.

BBQ Man said...

never ate there myself, but the picture looks like slop to me - where is the smoke ring on the brisket? man - all that gravy / sauce or whatever. yuk!


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.