Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rap's BBQ

3438 Samuell Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75223
Open Tues-Thur 11-8, F-Sat 11-9, Sun 12-6

Update: Sadly, this joint is CLOSED. The pitmaster plans to relocate.

2010: Still without their permanent signage, Rap's is serving up some good BBQ in an area otherwise devoid of smoked meat. The staff know their BBQ. As they joked about the size of their smokering I asked for sauce on the side, and they assured me that's the way they do it. That sauce was homemade brick red sauce with a sweetener other than brown or white sugar that I couldn't quite identify, but it tasted like the holidays. Maybe they'll tell me on a return visit.

A hot link was sliced open and warmed on the flat top, then brushed with sauce. The meat had good spice with a nice medium grind. Brisket is all Angus beef as pronounced by the menu. The beef was sliced from the flat had a great crust and a nice smokeline. The flavor was definitely smoky, but could have used more seasoning. The meat had a bit of fat left on it, and both the meat and fat could have been just a bit more tender. Ribs also had good smokiness, and they were more moist and tender than the brisket. A well seasoned bark provided a bold flavor missing in the brisket. Knowing that they've only been open a month, I'll be willing to check back in soon. Something tells me this place could become a favorite for me and the rest of the East Dallas community.

Rating ***
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Tom K from S.A. said...

That sausage looks damn good!! It's the most appetizing photo of sausage I've ever seen on this website. BTW, keep up the good work. I ate a Franklin's a while back and was blown away by how good it was!!!

Gipson said...

That hot link is gorgeous. Just imagining the crackly crunch of that charred exterior brings a smile to my face.

B.A. said...

Had some of their BBQ a couple of months ago at the McKinney Fleamarket. They said they were working on opening a place,glad they got it done!!

Anonymous said...

I ate there and LOVE it! These guys know how to smoke meat! Their brisket and ribs are awesome. The beans are great, and the peach cobbler finished it off perfectly. It is definitely worth the drive!

Anonymous said...

Solidarity, brother. They can take your work, but they can't take your knowledge and credibility.

Anonymous said...

Live in the hood and will give this place a's hoping that it is a stand-out Q.

Anonymous said...

Tried it and will be going back. I thought the chopped beef to be very good/flavorful...was disappoited with the ribs, loved the beans and slaw.

The guys that run this place are cool, and serious about their food...hope they are successful.

Anonymous said...

This place is the best BBQ I've found in Dallas. Spread the word folks, this is a diamond in the rough! They cater too!!

Anonymous said...

The hot links, ribs, brisket and pinto beans are delish! A must stop when you're around old east Dallas. They know their football too...


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.