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
Ribmasters, Murchison, Texas 6/21/14
sampled 6/21/14 about 11 am
Another place we came across on the road between Tyler and Athens and our first stop on our second full day of the trip. It was actually just a little before 11 am opening but the door was open and we wandered in. The walls are decorated from stem to stern with laser printed photos of BBQ and cowboy movie stars from all over. I ordered a two meat plate of ribs and brisket with no sides. The waitress told me that they MUST bring me one side so I said, OK, make it tater salad. After what seemed like a long wait, the plate arrived and the ribs did indeed look nice. There was a sweet candy glaze and they bit well with good tenderness and moisture. The brisket was another matter. It was cut very thin but was still tough. There was zero smoke flavor in either item.
Apparently this is a small chain with 2 or 3 locations. A quick perusal of the interwebs finds other editions in Bullard and Whitehouse. If you look around online you will find they even have a rib eating contest. The current winner gnawed 31 bones. Impressive enough that I won't give it a go, but those were some pretty good ribs. Service was pretty slow.
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.