Saturday, January 2, 2010

Ultimate Bar-B-Cue

FT. WORTH: Ultimate Bar-B-Cue
5733 Crowley Rd

Fort Worth, TX 76134


Open Tue-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-5

Update: This joint is CLOSED.

2009: I'd heard from a reader about this joint in south Fort Worth, so I made the trek. It was nearly empty at 2:00 on a Wednesday as I ordered up a two meat plate from the front counter. My food came out quickly, already in a styrofoam container. Along with sliced brisket and ribs, I got a quality mac & cheese and some nicely flavored green beans. roast beef, bland ribs

The meat was another story. The brisket slices had all of the crust sliced away, but plenty of poorly rendered fat attached. The slices were dry and tasted like little more than smokeless roast beef. The ribs were a bit better with a hint of smoke to the crust. The fat was well rendered throughout, but the flavor was missing from these poorly seasoned ribs. An addition of the sweet, smokey and spicy sauce provided the needed kick. The meat overall was forgettable, but the considerable amount of smoke coming from the stack on the roof makes me think this could have been an off day.

Rating **
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bourgon said...

I'm going with "off day". I've been when they're on, and it's quite good, minus them cutting the meat with the grain on my visit.

Not quite on par with Mom's (on Evans, possibly the best in town right now), but pretty good.

Blue Moon said...

Just had this today... not bad brisket, but like the previous commenter said, a few of the slices were with the grain... pretty odd for a joint that seems to know what they are doing.

Anonymous said...

I have to respectfully disagree. I dropped by this place after having passed by it for about a year. Ready to try something new so I stopped by. I am no connoisseur but this place was really good to me. Great price, taste and I will be back.

bruce said...

I went in there last week and had a pretty tasty chopped beef sandwich. That was all I was willing to order since it was the noon hour and I didn't smell any smoke. It was a good sandwich, though.


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.