Sunday, February 28, 2010

McKinzie Liquor & BBQ

FORT WORTH: McKinzie Liquor & BBQ
154 N Riverside

Fort Worth, TX 76111


Open M-Sat 10-8

Barbeque inside a liquor store usually isn't a recipe for success. I can just envision the pitmaster eying the stocked shelves between bouts of stoking the fire, and ending up passed out with an empty bottle of Jack and a dying fire. Not so here at McKinzie where the meat is well smoked, and many of the shelves have been removed to make space for clean counter height tables lined with barstools.

I placed my order at the back of the store, and it arrived quickly. Ribs lacked a significant bark, but the smokiness was still there. These baby backs were well seasoned and well cooked leading to moist and flavorful pork. Brisket slices were a bit dry and could have used more smokiness, but the flavor was good, and the crust had a good smoky flavor. The bit of fat left on each slice was well rendered, and the sauce added a nice sweet compliment to the meat. No matter the setting, this was some above average BBQ.

Rating ***

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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.