Thursday, January 3, 2013

Longhorn Cattle Company Barbecue

SAN BENITO: Longhorn Cattle Co. BBQ
3055 West Expressway 83 
San Benito, TX 78586
Open Tues-Sun 11-9

I guess if you have mesquite grilled steaks on the menu in addition to the mesquite smoked barbecue, you feel the need to serve an amuse bouche. A steaming mug of their “world famous” pinto bean soup came to the table along with our drinks. The beans were spicy and very good, as was everything that wasn’t meat.

A side of homemade potato salad with plenty of egg and pickles was great. A medium bodied sauce was good enough to drink and their slaw was crunchy with a pleasingly sweet dressing. I expected more out of the meats after seeing the all-wood fired J&R smoker out back. Sliced deli turkey couldn’t have been helped by any smoker, and the polish sausage wasn’t memorable. Ribs were well cooked and didn’t fall off the bone, but the smoke just didn’t come through in the slightest. Brisket had picked up some of that smoke, but the meat was chewy and under-seasoned (if at all). The overly lean slices are a testament to why I don’t like a barbecue joint with a wait staff. When you can order your meat directly from the meat cutter you can make specific requests that can be granted in real time, and then I could have steered clear of these dry lean slices and asked for something from the fatty end. Providing a wait staff eliminates this option.

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.