Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Billy Sims Barbecue

OKLAHOMA: Billy Sims Barbecue
6401 Northwest Expressway # 122

Oklahoma City, OK 73132


Open Sun-Thur 11-9, F-Sat 11-10

Another YouTube sensation, Billy Sims finds himself a long way from evading defenses out of the backfield. He instead does an odd spoof of American Idol to advertise his BBQ joint. Don't dare click on the link unless you want the repeating phrase of "Boomer 'cue on my plate" stuck in your head.

Everything about Boomer 'cue seemed to aim straight for the average mark. Both green beans and baked beans were dumped straight from a can into the warming trays while. Brisket was devoid of smoky flavor, but it wasn't surprising given the fact that an Ole Hickory pit was perched just behind the counter, but the interior of the place barely smelled of smoke. My guess is the gas burners are doing all the work in this giant smoker, and not much wood is being added for flavor. Ribs did have plenty of flavor from a thick rub with a hint of sweetness. These thin ribs were overcooked and a bit dry, but the overall flavor was pretty good. Pulled pork was also very average with just a hint of smoke and decent flavoring. It may have been the best thing on the plate, but it needed a sauce boost to make it worthwhile. Don't spend too much time on your choice between using hot or mild sauce as neither myself or my brother-in-law could find a hint of difference between the two. I probably won't find more Boomer 'cue on my plate anytime soon.

Rating **
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DrillerAA09 said...

Billy seems to have just become loud and self promoting. His name may be on the joint and the sauce, but I doubt if he has a clue about smoking meat...or cooking in general for that matter.
If he can make a buck by putting his name on something, he's all over it.

Jonathan said...

Two stars is generous. This was a glorified shrine to Billy Sims and it seemed like we were supposed to just be grateful to enter to building. The meat was dry and the sauce was weak as water. It tasted like 'cue you get out of a re-heatable container at wal-mart. This place really left me asking, "OWho?"

I really hoped Oklahoma could give Texans a run for their money in the world of 'cue. This ain't it!

Wyatt said...

Daniel, It's painful to read of the horrors you endure. Three stops and no better than a 2 star meal. I worry about you and the abuse you willingly suffer. I'll be driving to Lockhart and stopping at Kruez to pick up a couple of their wonderful smoked turkeys tomorrow. I'll think of you and your trials as I reward myself with a smoky lunch.


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.