Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bunkhouse BBQ

301 E Morgan

Meridian, TX 76665

Open Tues-Sat 11-8

Update: This joint is CLOSED.

2010: A wide menu is offered here including a bounty of deep fried items straight from the Sysco freezer to you. Jalapeno poppers and fried green tomatoes served as out of the ordinary BBQ sides, but weren't anything special. The BBQ had the look of meat with potential. My wife is not a BBQ fan, but after seeing so many orders and watching my reactions, she has trained her self to recognize good or bad BBQ by sight alone. She thought this might be a good experience, especially since her burger was enjoyable.

Brisket was aggressively trimmed and extremely dry. It had a great crust which usually signals smoky bites to come, but there just wasn't much smoke. All of the fat had been trimmed away, so I thought another chance was in order. I requested a few more slices from the fatty end. Nothing was different about these slices save some chewy bits of undercooked fat. Ribs glistened with a generous glaze. A few bites sent my taste buds into overdrive...in a bad way. The level of salt was uncomfortable and thirst inducing. That the sugar could still be identified is a wonder, and a testament to how generously it was included in the mix. As the ribs cooled, the glaze got harder as the massive amounts of sugar in the glaze cooled as well. The sad part is these may have been decent ribs if they'd just been spared the glaze mop.

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.