Friday, February 26, 2010

BBQ in the News

If you haven't seen the Off the Bone review in the Star Telegram then check out what the great Teresa Gubbins has to say about it. Like a true meat fiend, she tried nearly every protein choice, and in her own words, "Pretty much every category of meat pleased".

Also notable is that the Dallas Observer is hooked on BBQ. In the last month alone they have run five stories about three different joints in Dallas. Within two week's Dr. Bell's in downtown went from "Dr. House", or a 9 on the manliness scale, to "life-changing" in the words of the Cheap Bastard.
The Cheap Bastard wasn't so kind to Big Al's, which she didn't like mainly based on the fact that they put American cheese on her BBQ po-boy. She then spends half the review ranting about the cheese without once questioning why the hell she asked for cheese on her two-meat po-boy. The boys over at Dude Food found the 'cue a bit dry, and wasn't happy with this blog's positive rating.
Finally, the Observer didn't find their meal at Sammy's particulary delicious, but who really does? Oh yeah, the Cheap Bastard called it a "local standby". At least now we know when we'll need that grain of salt.
- BBQ Snob


bruce said...

I learned from her days as a music critic at the Dallas Morning News that Teresa Gubbins knows little of the subjects placed on her desk. Her reviews of music read like someone told my old white grandmother to review a rap album. If she calls something good bbq, I would wager that it tastes something between Dickey's and a McRib.

And don't base anything off of what Cheap Bastard says. Her column is more shctick than anyhing else. You can interchange every single one of her reviews, just change the name of the place she went. She comes across as the fat girl that goes with her male co-workers to the strip club to show how hip she is. And cusses the whole time. Out of context.

I love this site, by the way. I have sent it to all of my bbq loving friends. I gotta say, though,that you must have caught Pat G's outside of Tyler on a bad day. That pace is usually top shelf. Thats the pace that people around Tyler go to when they havent been force fed the Kool-aid that is the undeserved praise of the Country Tavern.

BBQ Snob said...

I can't speak to T. Gubbins' musical taste, not that it really matters here, but her opinions of BBQ that she's shared are spot on in my book. That is Off the Bone - very good; Cobb Switch - pretty good, and Luckie's - not very good. I haven't asked her about the McRib.

Even if Pat Gee's only ever sells mediocre 'cue, It will always be worth the trip in my opinion. That place is just too cool to pass up.

Anonymous said...

Cheap Bastard is a waste of space. Usually drops about 30 cuss words trying to be funny then talks about food for two sentences.


yardman5508 said...

I am reminded of a quotation from the great Norm Van Broklin..."If they ever perfect the brain transplant, I want one from a sportswriter so I can be sure I get one that has never been used before!" Leave the BBQ analysis to the professionals.


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.