Friday, April 8, 2011

Rump's BBQ

120 FM 3328 (at FM 645)

Palestine, TX 75803


Open Tues-Thur 5am-2:30, F 5am-7, Sat 7am-5

These days I find myself taking the back way to most far away destinations just so I might happen upon places like Rump's. About 6 miles outside of Palestine, Texas along sparsely used FM road 645 is a sign with a giant pink pig painted upon it and the words "Rump's BBQ". Rump's was opened by a couple from the DFW area who decided to move out to the country. Carlos McGriff is the pitmaster, and a few of his trophies from BBQ competitions in and around Little Elm decorate the walls. The smoker is within its own detached building, but I couldn't get a look at it.

Sides were certainly homemade. The crunchy slaw was lightly dressed with a sweet mayo mix while the dirty rice was spicy and earthy. Ribs were recommended by the staff, but ended up a bit undersmoked with too much unrendered fat. They needed more time to develop smokiness and tenderize, but had good flavor from the rub. Smokey and dense brisket slices were better. A light coating of sauce on the top of the neatly stacked slices allowed most of the meat to remain untainted. A deep black and crispy crust had developed that held a good amount of smoke, and the overall flavor was great. These slices were a bit dry and completely trimmed of fat, so order yours from the fatty end with no sauce if you have the chance to stop in.

For the rating, it was right on the cusp of 3 stars, and I decided to put it over the top since most everyone wouldn't find there way here without going out of their way.

Rating ***

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Anonymous said...

Those perectly sliced pieces of brisket look like they came straight off a pre-cooked and sliced HEB brisket. SAD.

Neighbor said...

I just ate there and hour ago. We had both fried catfish and BBQ. I had briskit and pork ribs, potato salad, and green beans. They were all good with the potato salad being superior. My wife had the catfish, red beans, and slaw. The catfish has a really different crust that is really good. The folks that own the place could not be any nicer to be served by or visit with. We then had peach cobler and we ate more of it than we should have, which means it was great too.
Their hours are geared for breakfast and lunch except for Friday when they close at 7.
Go eat with them. You won't be dissapointed with the food or the size of a plate. WOW, big portions.

Anonymous said...

The catfish is out of this world, along with the potato salad, ribs and chocolate cake!!!!!! They just added on, so if you went before that, there is a lot more room now! Very good food. :)

Anonymous said...

The brisket I had wad amazing! Not from HEB at all!

Anonymous said...

Everything at Rumps is delicious, especially the ribs!! Rumps is worth finding and making the trip out there!

Anonymous said...

I was recently at Rump's and the ribs were great as was the pork. Brisket was a little chewy. He makes the best catfish anywhere. The fried shrimp was outstanding also. I loved the spicy kick. But I must say that the Pecan Cobbler was the bomb. Go there just for that if for nothing else. It will be a regular stop for me on my way to the ranch.

Anonymous said...

The one in palestine plaza by the same name is not worth the money. They dont even serve tea.

Anonymous said...

I've was a regular customer there from the day they opened until I moved to Arlington in 2012. The food is delicious. I recommend all their food especially the burgers, fried fish, brisket and the OMG cake. When I come back home to visit I always stop in for 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.