Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dusty's Bar-B-Q

3572 FM 2181

Hickory Creek, TX 75065


Open M-Sat 11-8

Smoke rises from the tiny stack above this tiny trailer in the parking lot of an office park just north of Lake Lewisville. A true drive thru is in operation with an actual bell that rings when you drive up. I'd heard about their 'cue from a reader, and their corn dogs seem to be the favorite of other reviewers. Their menu is sparse on BBQ options (no ribs or sliced beef), so I opted for the "Big Hoss" sandwich and a corn dog. The Big Hoss is a mound of chopped beef and sliced hot link on an untoasted bun with your choice of hot, medium or mild sauce.

An intense smokiness coupled with a hint of propane seasoned the chopped beef which was tepid and lacked crust or fat. Other than smoke, it had little flavor. Hot links were sliced lengthwise, and had a good spicy flavor with plenty of salt. The casings were weak and the grind was fine, but the flavor was passable.

The hot sauce (on the side) was a good mixture of sweet and spice with flecks of black pepper but not much heat given the three temperature scale. Taken as individual parts, none of the ingredients to this sandwich were outstanding, but taken together they packed a mean punch of flavor. The sauce moistened the meat and bun and added the missing flavor profiles providing a satisfying conclusion to each bite.

The corn dogs that come out of this cart rival Fletcher's, and you can get these any time of year. I'm not sure how they managed to fit a deep fryer in the trailer along with the two large fellas who work in it, but the peerless corn dogs that they fry to order are worth their effort. The breading is sweet an crispy and compliment the dog below beautifully. A few dips into the yellow mustard and this dog was gone before I knew it. I think I could even convince my wife to try this place with me.

Although I enjoyed the items from Dusty's tiny trailer, I can't really give it a rating considering they don't offer the two main items that I generally rate. Let's just say I wouldn't mind stopping by again for the 'cue and the corn dogs.

- BBQ Snob
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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.