Saturday, April 30, 2011

Joe's Burgers

DALLAS: Joe's Burgers
4408 Ash Ln

Dallas, TX 75223


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A new sign was hoisted on Joe's Burgers that said "Real BBQ", and of course I could not resist. You can order inside, but this is really a Sonic knock-off with a similar drive-in ordering system. Brisket and ribs were on the barbecue portion of the menu, so I ordered a sandwich of each meat and hoped for the best.

Brisket was dense and a bit dry, but the overall flavor was better than expected. These slices were very lean with a thin crust and no smoke ring. Surprisingly, the meat had some decent smoke to it. I could imagine the chopped beef with sauce on one of the grilled buns would be pretty good.

Ribs were less impressive...actually they were just downright bad. No smoke, chewy and fatty meat, and no bark made for a poor experience. Stick with the brisket if you find yourself in this part of East Dallas.

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.