Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Perez Bar-B-Que

BARTLETT: Perez Bar-B-Que
220 Elm St.

Bartlett, TX 76511

Open Sat 6am-5pm, Sun 6am-3pm

Armando "Sodie" Perez runs this tiny joint with his son. Meats are smoked over oak in the custom brick pits which look as ancient as Sodie. I opted for 1/4 lb. of sliced beef and a pork rib, all of which were extracted pre-sliced from a large vat of thin, tomato based sauce. As it was being wrapped up, I learned that homemade sausage was their specialty, and they even threw in a link with my order. It all came to less than $5.

I headed back to the car past the only table around which a few older men were camped, clutching their paper bag lined beer cans. It was before 10:00 am.

Given its storage method, the meat couldn't help but be moist, but it suffered from lack of smokiness. The brisket showed what was once a good looking crust but the meat had little flavor outside of the sauce. Ribs were also nicely cooked, but they too tasted only of sauce. The sausage on the other hand had not been stored in the sauce. It's wrinkled skin was crispy and the moist meat inside was of a coarse grind. These smoky links were herbaceous like a breakfast sausage but spicy like a hot link. It made for a great flavor combo, and I'd stop again just for a few more links. Maybe I'll ask if they can slice some fresh meat sans sauce.

Rating **
Perez Bar-B-Que on Urbanspoon


Blue Moon said...

When I read: "...all of which were extracted pre-sliced from a large vat of thin, tomato based sauce." I said "Oh No!!!" out loud. Yuk... just smoke the dang meat and leave the saucing to the customer.

Anonymous said...

The sauce is good, homemade sauce. People come in and buy the sauce by the cups, if you don't want meat with sauce you just have to ask and they can slice you some.

Just ask next time.

Victoria Perez said...

They have the best BBQ around here.

Anonymous said...

The BEST sausage I have ever eaten!

I've been craving it for a couple of weeks, but it's hard to justify driving all the way from East Texas.

Anonymous said...

Love this place, been calling and can get through have the number changed or something?


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.