Adventures in Texas barbecue. Want to stop the swine flu? Barbecue a pig! And remember, lettuce or spinach can kill you.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Cripple Creek BBQ, Athens, Texas 6/21/14
sampled 6/21/14 about noon
So what exactly are hog wings? I'm still not really sure but I think I sampled some. Maybe. This 2008 Texas Monthly top 50 joint was no longer worthy in 2013 but they're still proud to display that sign from 2008. Inside it's a potpourri of western kitsch and they even had old Bonanza episodes running on the flat screen. They offered a meat sampler plate and that seemed to be right up my alley. However I was a little taken aback by what I received.
This was a mountain of food, none of it bad, but none of it really great either. I also think the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. In that pile of meat I found turkey, ham, sausage, hot link, pulled pork, ribs, but strangely no brisket. I dug through that pile pretty good and never did find any! Scott had gotten a 2 meat plate and shared some of his brisket and it was tough and chewy with no smoke flavor. The ribs were overcooked and the meat fell off the bone when I tried to pick one up. The sides were very average. I think if you're looking for a good average meal this place will fill you up but it didn't satisfy us BBQ snobs.
I love barbecue. I always wanted to spend some vacation time sampling the best BBQ joints in Texas. A few years ago, my friend Scott and I started doing just that and we've been doing it every year since. We call it the "Calories and Cholesterol Tour". Since so many people were asking me about our experiences, I started writing them up. We are not expert eaters or writers. We just do this for fun and because we LOVE Texas BBQ. A note about our reviews. We tend to be "stealth" reviewers. We don't ask for pit tours or cooking techniques and we try to be discrete about taking photos til after we are done. We want to experience each meal as an average customer. If you know a great Texas BBQ joint we need to try, e-mail me at donotemp AT gmail DOT com. CLICK ON THE PHOTOS FOR A LARGER VIEW! I also have a separate bass fishing blog.