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If your going to Stubbs your coming for music and atmosphere first BBQ a distant second. It reminds me of Salt Like where it seems more is put into the entertainment . I had a sliced beef sandwich and some ribs. It was just OK
Woodwill Smokers @ Stubb’s, 2016-08-26 02:11:34
My experience here was good compared to my disappointment the previous day at Lamberts Downtown BBQ. The price was right but the food was decent. The brisket could have used more smoke and flavor. The ribs were tender and the meat came of the bone but once again lacking smoke. It's like they wanted to keep the smoke dialed back as if not to offend BBQ novices.
Woodwill Smokers @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2016-08-26 02:04:27
Entirely forgettable. Wondered why they were cutting the bark off the brisket until I tried some. Flavorless, tough, chewy, and inedible in places. Brisket was tender but flavorless, spare ribs had no smoke flavor at all. Sides from the Sysco tub. Wouldn't recommend.
Wes Mantooth @ The Bar-B-Q Man Restaurant, 2016-08-25 02:40:49
Correction. I was told they don't Put anything in regards to a rub on the brisket. They take the brisket and just throw it into the smoker. So the dark smoked slightly burnt taste is actually the fat that has caramelized. Interesting aka ala natural.
Terry r @ Outlaws Bar B Que, 2016-08-25 18:41:58
Some of the best barbeque I have ever had. Had the beef rib, pork rib, sand brisket. Of the three, the brisket was the best, but that's like comparing Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron... all three were absolutely amazing. I'd say this place is easily as good as Pecan Lodge, just not quite as smokey. these guys know what they're doing.
catowne1 @ Cattleack BBQ, 2016-08-25 18:22:27
Stopped in here since customer of men said very good. Much better than the location in mt. Pleasant. So off I went. I can surely say it is much better than the dry tasteless brisket at the other location. I ordered moist brisket plate. Normally they don't have people as for it as it is normally used for chopped brisket plate. Overall it was solid, not fatty no chew, almost melt in mouth. I think they do a molasses rub which gives a super dark bark. It's good in a way as it gives it a slight sweetness. The bad is I think the fire may have been too hot and caused the molasses to have a slight burnt taste. No overwhelming but there. The other issue(preference) is they do not put any pepper in the rub or directly on brisket. So you don't get that extra layer of pop. I think it could really benefit from it. Overall a 3.5 out of 5. If didn't have slight burnt wood taste I would have given it a 4 out of 5. They have two sauces. Regular which was good and thick with tinge of pepper in it and spicy which is really spicy. Gets the back of the throat but at least when they say spicy they mean it. Other places with spicy are typically a medium salsa no burn. Mixing them together was a good move. Yet I didn't need more than a thin strip down middle of each piece to bring out full flavor. As for sides, their cucumber salad was very good. As for the Cole slaw, it must have been made day or two before as it was already tasting like kimchi and that is No Bueno. If you are looking for some decent meat, they do deliver.
Terry r @ Outlaws Bar B Que, 2016-08-25 18:03:20
What a relief to find good BBQ right here, deep in the land of boudin and Popeye's. Nothing fancy, crammed in the corner of an otherwise nondescript gas station, but still...really good ribs and pulled pork, pretty good sausage, passable sauce, and a place to sit and eat. Life is good.
jchan0210 @ Lil Daddy's Bar-B-Q, 2016-08-25 06:39:10
A lot of hype here. Brisket okay. Must was definitely the better of the lean. However it is served cubed. Not much of any smoked flavor. Good pepper taste though. Beef ribs come 3 doubles in the order and were flavorful but they dunk them fully in BBQ sauce. If like tons of sauce then this is place for you. If like ribs dry, out of luck. Cole slaw great with mayo base. Waffle fries also good with paprika on top.
Terry r @ Kenny's Smokehouse, 2016-08-24 01:55:35
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Review

Hickory House BBQ 03

June 10, 2014

Johnny Doyle cooks on a gas-rotisserie, but he’d do it differently if he could. He takes pride in the barbecue he puts out in his nearly forty year old Denison restaurant, so when he had pit fire that destroyed his Oylers, he wanted to replace them. “[J&R Manufacturing] told me it would be a couple months before I could get an Oyler built, so I bought two Southern Prides instead.” Now he just can’t get the bark to set on his ribs like he’d like to. I can’t be sure if it’s the cook or the cooker, but he’s right.

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The ribs were tender and came away nicely from the bone. They even had a good smokiness, but the rub sat atop the meat like wet sawdust. The meat and rub had not become one, and there was no bark to speak of. That textural variation of crisp crust and moist meat is what makes a dry-rubbed rib so pleasing, but this rib was crying for some sauce. Luckily, they make a couple good ones here. The tomato-based version wasn’t too sweet with just a touch of vinegar, and livened up the ribs nicely.

Doyle’s other sauce is a regional specialty. He makes a brown gravy sauce from the flour-thickened pit drippings. It’s thick and heavily seasoned, and makes for great Texas toast dipping.

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Hickory House brown gravy sauce

Johnny and his wife Shawn make all the sides too. In fact, there isn’t much here that’s not from scratch. If you’re used to beans from the can, a trip through Sherman, Denison, Bells, and Bonham will be a pinto bean revelation. They know how to cook them in these parts. There are few ingredients and they aren’t fortified with leftover chunks of barbecue. They’re just beans that are well cooked in a pot for long hours and seasoned with just enough salt. A side of potato salad was anything but store-bought. Chunks of egg, nearly-mashed potatoes, and good kick of yellow mustard made for a bright counterpoint to the beans. Side are also self-serve along the cafeteria line, so you can get a few spoonfuls if you like.

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Then there’s the brisket. In these parts you normally need to beg for any crust to be left on the meat. The fatty end is usually chopped for sandwiches, and the sauce on the side is a foreign concept. But Johnny Doyle does it differently. A nice line of rendered fat hid beneath a crunchy bark created from hours in the pit, and few on the steam table. Brisket in the mid-afternoon is usually dried out when held in this manner, but the Hickory House beef was juicy and tender. There was plenty of smoke, pepper, and salt to flavor it too.

Maybe the ribs were better back before the pit fire, but it looks like Doyle has found his sweet spot with the brisket. He recognized me just before I left, and asked me for some tips on the ribs. I’m not sure if it was for flattery or if he was really looking to improve, but it’d be worth returning to find out as long as he keeps serving brisket like that.

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