Mark Deans-Azle, TX



Dining Experience: 18 of possible 25 Stars
Meat Preparation and Quality: 16 1/2 of possible 30 Stars
Overall Experience:34 1/2 of 55 possible stars = A 3 1/4 Star Experience

Chisolm Trail BBQ


Inside: Nothing Fancy here folks, a down home cafeteria style self serve of hot and cold sides greet you. Simple tables and chairs and the place is full of locals and it’s cheap eats. 3 Stars.

Service:Good Service at the counter, give you plenty sides to choose from and some of the best fried squash ever. Line moves quickly. 4 Stars.

Outdoor Dining: No outdoors dining unless you drop the tailgate on your truck.

Food Temp: Everything was right on as a product of a quick and efficient serving staff. Including a drive through. 4 Stars

Flavor: A Mild flavor on Ribs and Brisket.  But a solid smoke ring. Stars

 Brisket: Right Smoke ring and a good overall flavor but shortcut on time and was tougher than it needed to be. 3 Stars

Trim: Wasn’t asked lean or fast it was just cut and put on the plate. A little fatty and I don’t like paying for something I don’t eat. 3 Stars

Ribs: Along the same lines of Brisket just needed more love and time. Had to have some effort to get all the meat of the bone.  3 Stars

Trim: Spare with Pork Brisket meat on so they will be a little fatty. Do have an option for baby backs everywhere in Lockhart though. 3½ Stars

Sausage: Sausage had a tough skin but what a treasure inside. Great texture and flavor.   Stars

Sauce: Vinegar based Sauce good black pepper in it with a little heat.4 Stars

Dining Experience: 14½ of possible 20 Stars
Meat Preparation and Quality: 21 of possible 30 Stars
Overall Experience: 35½ of 50 possible stars = A 3 Star Experience

Burnet Feed Store BBQ


Inside: Walk in the door and you know you are. First thing you see is a big warmer and a chopping block. Big easy to read Menu. Air is cranked up and plenty of friendly folks. 4½ Stars.

Service: Good Service at the counter, give you plenty of explanation on what’s what here. Beans are out at the condiment bar as part of the deal. 4 Stars.

Outdoor Dining: A few tables on the front porch if its not too hot but not a real outdoor dining experience. 2 Stars

Food Temp: Temperature is good, they have a massive steel warmer. 5 Stars

Flavor: Excellent Flavor, good rub and right smoke. Stars

 Brisket: Good Flavor, Tender, you can tell ‘em how you want it sliced thick or thin. They’ll ask you if you want lean or fat cut of the brisket. Done right folks. 4½ Stars

Trim: These guys get a 5 Star here because it’s your call.

Ribs: Very Good would like to see a little more pink but very tender and flavorful.  4 Stars

Trim: Spare with Pork Brisket meat on so they will be a little fatty. Pretty big which means it’s an older pig.
3½ Stars

Sausage: Not Stuffed on sight but has a very good central Texas Czech influence.   Stars

Sauce: Vinegar based Sauce and a touch too Sweet and could use some pepper.
3½ Stars

Dining Experience: 20 of possible 25 Stars
Meat Preparation and Quality: 24 of possible 30 Stars
Overall Experience: 48 of 55 possible stars = A 4 Star Experience

BBQ Brisket and Football…Both Have Four Quarters

Today guys were going to break down the process of preparing a delicious brisket into four quarters for you. First I want to give a clear understanding why people BBQ and why it is considered an art form. For those of you that don’t know why people ever started slow cooking with a combination of heat and smoke……It was of necessity. If you look at what kind of meat we are using in BBQ you can figure out why it is such a challenge to cook good BBQ. You see meat is Muscle and Muscle is made up primarily of a two-part protein. Continue reading