Sunday, October 18, 2009

Billy Rattler's Bar-B-Q

5441 Rufe Snow Drive
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
Open Daily 10-10

Update: This joint is CLOSED.

2009: Although this joint does have a drive-thru, it doesn't fully explain why I was the only patron on a Saturday at noon. I think they were expecting a slow day because the ribs tasted like yesterday's. They had a strong stored flavor, little crust and little smoke. The meat was adequately tender, but the flavors were bland. The sliced beef had nearly been rendered into pot roast. The flavor of the overcooked meat was terrific, but it tasted only mildly of smoke and more like roast beef than BBQ.

Each Plate is served with three sides, so I opted for some oddly pink hued slaw that was serviceable, onion rings straight from the freezer to the fryer and some mildly flavored pintos. Overall it was a lonely and mediocre experience.

Rating **
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3rd Degree Berns said...

Saturday at noon during the Texas OU game? I can imagine most were eating fried food at the state fair or watching the game.

BBQ Snob said...

The review was a week late, so I was really there on 10/10.

3rd Degree Berns said...

Hope that didn't come across as insulting (just wanted to state the obvious). I love your stuff and have recently used your reviews as a guide on a barbecue road trip through Texas.


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.