Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fat Cow BBQ

850 Valley Ridge Boulevard
Lewisville, TX 75077
Open M-Sat 11-8

Shredded meats piled high on a steam table inside a generic strip center isn't what I hope to find when seeking out a new BBQ joint, but the Fat Cow taught me to keep my mind open. Sliced brisket wasn't an option, and ribs were not available that day, so I went for a three meat plate of pulled pork, pulled chicken and chopped beef. I added a stuffed jalapeno called a 'fat jap' (their words, not mine) to my order for $2.

Sides of bacon flecked green beans and creamy mac & cheese were a good start, but the bacon wrapped smoked jalapeno filled with creamy cheese was a perfect appetizer. Dipped in the house made ranch, it was even better. While the pulled, mostly white meat chicken was dry with little flavor, the pulled pork was great by the forkful. Smokey, moist and well seasoned pork was truly 'pulled' into shreds that had just enough crispy edges. Chopped beef was also very nicely seasoned with a great smoky flavor. The tasty meat was moistened with just enough fat and had good crusty bits mixed in. Maybe I was just lucky and got fresh meat that hadn't been steamed to oblivion, but Fat Cow definitely put out some good smoked meat on this day.

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.