Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flying Pig Pit BBQ

2300 Matlock Rd.

Mansfield, TX 76063


Open Sun-Thur 11-12am, F-Sat 11-2am

Update: This joint is CLOSED.

2010: After a stop at Tollie's just up the road, I made my way down to Flying Pig Pit BBQ in Mansfield. The joint is less than a year old, and sits in a non-descript corner of Mansfield. You have your option of two entrances, and the bar entrance which I did not use may have been a better option at 2:30 on a Sunday since the dining room was dead. Table service is required to get fed, so I ordered my three-meat plate of brisket, pork ribs and pulled pork. The option of burnt ends was calling my name, but they were sold out. I guess there's high demand when you're one of only two joints in the Metroplex that offers them.

When I tried my first bite of brisket, all I tasted was charred meat from the black crust. It seemed as if they'd taken the 'burnt ends' name seriously and held a blow-torch to the briskets to create a too literal version of the Kansas City delicacy. The meat was otherwise well cooked with a nice texture and good moisture, but the true smokiness was missing. Ribs, which looked better than they tasted, were average in every way. Little smoke, decent amount of meat and a very ordinary flavor. Pulled pork was the best option, The moist meat must have soaked up all the hickory smoke in the wood-fired smoker. The meat was perfectly moist without being fatty, and would have been excellent on a sandwich alongside the other standout item, Mama Cloud's pickles. Other sides were forgettable, but these sweet pickles are spiced just enough for you to take note, but not too much to make you grab for a glass of milk. Another positive was the portion size. The photo above is solely the items I took to-go after finishing up at my table. I just wish the quality matched the quantity.

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.