Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Metzler's Bar-B-Q

DENTON: Metzler's Bar-B-Q
628 Londonderry Ln

Denton, TX 76205


Open M-Sat 8-10, Sun 10-8

If you take the exit for Rudy's in Denton, you should know that just a block away is a 64 year old BBQ joint with an attached wine and beer store whose selection rivals Central Market. Metzler's has been around for some time, but it took me way too long to find it. It's a perfect stop for the family on our frequent trips to OKC with a menu that includes burgers, German fare, and of course BBQ.

This is a full service joint, and you can order just about any of the beers in the cooler to enjoy with dinner. I went with the well priced three meat combo with brisket, ribs and sausage. One benefit of a joint with German items is that you can choose German potato salad and sauerkraut as side items. They also show their burger joint side with great fries and onion rings. All the meats are smoked in a wood fired J&R Manufacturing smoker, and it's fueled by mesquite. All of the meats had a good but subtle smoke that wasn't as overpowering as often happens with mesquite smoke. The sausage was a well seasoned fresh German style sausage from Muenster, Texas. These links had a great snap and good smoke. Ribs were pretty skimpy on the meat, and what was left was a bit dry with little smokiness. A dip in their "famous" sauce that tasted like tomato sauce didn't help much. Although a bit dry, the brisket was better with a good crust, decent smoke and good overall flavor.

After you enjoy the BBQ, make your way into the attached beer and wine shop where both domestic craft beers and imported varieties are available. I left with a bock from California, a wheat from Texas and a barley wine from Kansas City. Now that's culinary diversity.

Rating ***
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Shane Stephens said...

Do we get extra credit if we can guess the beers?

Harvest Dance by Boulevard Brewing Co Smokestack Series

Saint Arnold Texas Wheat

or Independence Freestyle Wheat

or Rahr Summertime Wheat?

California Bock is way to hard to narrow down.

I like Metzlers for the beer and the German specialties from Fischers and Bayers in Muenster.

BBQ Snob said...

Forgive me, it was Brooklyn Brewery, not Boulevard, so make that a New York barleywine. Their Monster Ale was damn fine. Shiner 102 for wheat and Lobotomy Bock. You're still a winner to me Shane.

Chris said...

I was SO excited to see you ate here. Roughly 14 yrs ago my husband and I had our second college apt on that short rd just down the street from this fine eatery. We now live all the way across the US but read your blog as often as possible. It makes us so hungry and gives us ideas for firing up our electric water smoker on the weekends. It may be cheating but it gets us closer than any place in Las Vegas. Back in the day this was one of at least 2 locations but that was a long time ago....

Zak said...

Being a Denton local, Metzler's is usually where I get my BBQ fix if I'm not firing up my own smoker.

They have had a long running special on Friday and Saturday of all you can eat Ribs and/or Catfish. Being able to pick a great cold single from their cooler is a nice way to get some beer variety with your meal.

michael said...

We had some bbq, good flavor on the meats, nice smoke flavor..

the big letdown, for me, was the 'heinz 57' 'sauce'... tastes like barely doctored ketchup. I think I'll keep it around for the next time I get fries. it really doesn't live up to the 'que.


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.