Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ben's Bar-B-Que

OKLAHOMA: Ben's Bar-B-Que
8146 US Hwy 70 W

Mead, OK 73449


Open Tues-Thur 11-8, F-Sat 11-9, Sun 11-2

I was out tooling around the Oklahoma side of Lake Texoma when I came across Ben's BBQ between Mead and Durant. A small parking lot had just a few cars at lunch time on a Saturday during prime lake season, but I was hoping the crowds had already come and gone. I placed and order for a three meat plate, one of which would be ham for my wife. She hates barbecue sauce, and ironically they covered only the ham in a layer of thick sweet sauce.

The other meats could have used a similar sauce bath. Brisket had that dried up look of yesterday's meat. The fat was chewy and the meat had little smokiness. It was thick sliced but still falling apart from being so overdone. Spare ribs were huge and meaty, but tough and also lacking smokiness. Not even a dunk in the sauce could save them. I didn't even bother with the ham.

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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.