Saturday, October 13, 2018

Smoked Fort Worth 10/13/18

sampled 10/13/18

The Smoked Dallas crew have branched out a few miles west to put on the first Smoked Fort Worth.  With 5 years in Dallas under their belt, they put on a predictably well organized first edition in Cowtown.  The weather forecast was dire, but they made up for it by promising a 100% chance of BBQ. 

We drove through a good gully washer headed over to T^he Stockyards, but when we pulled up in the parking lot the rain stopped.  We had head to toe rain gear but it never rained more than a drip after about 12:30.  Unfortunately, Scott had gotten there earlier (he was 3rd in line) and he got soaked.  Timing is everything!
We cued for the que and they let us in right at 1 pm.  As usual we took our beer boxes and made the rounds, gathering a bunch of boats before sitting down to the tasting.  They had seating inside and tall tables outside and we used both at various times.  Only two lines got long during the VIP golden hour, Black's and Meat Church. Black's had their usual tasty brisket and a peach sausage combo.  Meat Church offered shredded brisket tacos and chicken fried burnt ends. 
Overall the BBQ was excellent and my Mrs agreed we didn't have a bad bite all day.  Barrel and Bones was, once again, the only joint to offer a pork rib.  Kudos to them.  There was lots of brisket and sausage, all of it excellent. 
Those trying to stand out by being different offered chili (one of them had beans! Oh no!), pastrami, smoked meatloaf, prime rib, burnt end poppers, and Cattleack had their tasty Que-T-Pies.
Heim had their usual bacon burnt ends and upped the game by later adding a tray of home made Mac and Cheese.
Another fun BBQ day and congrats to the Smoked crew for dodging a SECOND major predicted rain event. Personally, I think it was due to me donning all my rain gear.  It works the same way when I am out on a boat fishing.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Smoked Dallas 2018

We've been to all of these and they just get better and better.  For awhile it seemed that the fest might be renamed SOAKED Dallas, due to the heavy rains that were predicted.  I don't know if any of the cooks smoked on site this time, but if they did, they deserve Iron Man credit.  It poured Friday night.  Fortunately, the rain ended early Saturday.  We got the VIP tickets, like we always do, and we got there about 12:30 to stand in the short line.  Scott was first in line, we were about 20 back.
At 1 pm we were off to the BBQ races, trying to get through 17 BBQ joints during the golden hour.
We did our usual thing, grabbing 8 or so samples, headed to the VIP seating area, sampled those, then rushed off to grab some more.  Brisket and sausage were offered most often.  Only one rib was seen at the 17 booths.  Several offered brisket tacos, sausage tacos, or sliders.
We didn't have a bad bite all day. BBQ highlights were many, but I especially loved the brisket from Hutchins and Black's,
Sausage from Hutchins and Kreuz,
Louie Mueller's brisket slider,
Heim BBQ's bacon burnt ends and beef rib,
Cattleack's Que T Pie,
and some top notch banana pudding from Flores.
At 2 pm the gates opened to general admission folks and the lines swelled.  It was still easy to wander around and take a few more photos  before we headed out.  Another outstanding day of excellent BBQ at Smoked Dallas #5.  I'm looking forward to their first Fort Worth Fest in a few weeks.
More photos from the fest follow below.

Photos from Smoked Dallas 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Thee Pitts Again BBQ, Silverton, Colorado

visited 9/17/18

While on vacation in Colorado we spotted this place in Silverton and decided to give it a try.  This location is only open from May through October, but their main location in Arizona is open year round.  Inside you order at the counter and all the food is prepped in the back and brought out to your table.  I got the 3 meat plate with brisket, ribs, and sausage which was $27 with 1 beer and 1 soft drink. 
The brisket was sliced very thin and there was zero fat on it.  There was no flavor of smoke, rub, or bark and it came across as thinly sliced roast beef.  The sausage was good Italian style sausage but that was the first time I ever got Italian sausage at a BBQ joint.  The ribs were average with no smoke or rub flavor, but tender and moist with good pork flavor.  Overall a good average joint but nothing worth making a special trip for.  Their vinegar based sauce did help the meat.

Fortunately we had a whole Franklin brisket with us which we snacked on for our whole vacation.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

BBQ Judges needed for Bedford Blues and BBQ Fest

Have you ever wanted to judge competition BBQ?  Here's your chance to judge ONE category for the IBCA contest at Bedford on Saturday, September 1.  Here's the link to sign up.

password is 2018BBQ (with BBQ in all caps)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Blues, Bandits, and BBQ tickets on sale

Saturday, November 10th at 1 pm for the people's choice BBQ sampling.  Always a fun event and a good feed for just $25.  Thanks to Scott for the tip that tix are on sale.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Bet the House BBQ, Denton 9/25/18

We were in Denton for an event and took the opportunity to visit BTH BBQ once again.  I was intrigued by the smoked cheeseburger and My Mrs got the brisket quesadillas.
The smoked cheeseburger was pretty great with good smoke flavor and bits of melted cheese throughout.  We were there about 4:30 pm and I got the last one of the day.  I don't think it was really BBQ, but I'd order another one in a heartbeat.
The brisket quesadillas were just some lightly toasted tortillas containing some tender shredded brisket with good smoke flavor.  Mighty tasty.
A tasty dinner, even if it wasn't the traditional brisket ribs and sausage.  I did have to get a half pound of their house made jalapeno cheddar sausage to go and the little sample I tried was very good. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Smoked Dallas full line-up released

The full line-up for Smoked Dallas has been released.