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Smoked sausage and Fritos
douglas78@aol.com @ Angelo’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-07-28 00:44:46
Good
Terry r @ Peter's BBQ, 2016-07-26 22:00:40
Got here about 12:30pm. Stood in line for about 20min. Line moves but not as fast as expected. Got lean and moist brisket and a beef rib. Sides were cream corn and Mac and cheese. Brisket flavor wise was amazing. Downside was it was very dry. Even the burnt ends were dry. Saving grace are the 3 BBQ sauces available. They made it easier to go down and added good flavor to already good smoky and peppery meat. Beef rib was very juicy and great bark with pepper and slight saltiness. Perfect. Cream corn was Rudys like which is good. The Mac and cheese was great but extremely heavy. Could only have a couple bites before arteries started complaining. Beef rib 5 out 5. Brisket taste 5 of 5, brisket moistness/ tenderness 2 of 5. Sides 4 of 5. Overall 4 out of 5.
Terry r @ Killen’s Barbecue, 2016-07-26 18:29:53
Loaded baked potato and koolaid perfect !
douglas78@aol.com @ Fred’s Bar-B-Q, 2016-07-26 18:14:15
Excellent on Monday! Brisket and ribs... Beans and slaw good, too
John Warren @ Terry Black’s Barbecue, 2016-07-23 04:04:20
Terry Black's on Monday... Rudy's today. Not a bad week for not expecting Que at all.
John Warren @ , 2016-07-23 04:00:49
there's no entry for the shop in Austin so I'm putting this here. I heard they ship the smoked meat up from Lockhart to Austin so was a little worried. got there around 7pm ordered brisket, pork and beef rib, sausage. all excellent so well kept throughout the day if they're just holding it. the beef rib seemed a little dry outside but was still moist inside. brisket was excellent. pork ribs lacked a little flavor bit were cooked perfectly. the sausage was absolutely delicious. couple of tall boy Lone Stars with it and it was a great meal.
thehighepopt @ Black?s Barbecue, 2016-07-21 18:40:00
ate here a couple weeks ago. no lines no waiting! brisket was great and the sausage was delish. wouldn't say top tier of Austin spots but one small step down for sure.
thehighepopt @ Brown?s Bar-B-Que, 2016-07-21 18:29:50
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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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