4/11/13 6:30pm - Was in Dallas for a convention and search Yelp for a good BBQ joint. A fellow meat-head on yelp gave a good review. It was also rated high on the Full Gospel BBQ blog. Good enough for me.
I scored Lockhart Smokehouse an 89 out of 100. This is Reserve Grand Champion
Barbecue. Borderline Grand Champion, the sausage hurt the score.
Smoke: Hickory. Real wood fired pit BBQ. Behind the counter is a custom made
pit with internal fire fire box like an Olyer. Racks looked stationary. They
proudly opened the fire box door and I saw the orange hot glowing Hickory.
Brisket: Excellent. Best slice of brisket I have had since Luling. A
masterpiece of near perfection. A respectable 5/16in smoke ring with rich black
crunchy bark. Snap apart tender, no knife needed. Full intense smoke flavor. I
could still smell it on my finger tips the next morning. A nice salt and pepper
rub to make you smile. No sauce needed or recommended.
Ribs: Very Good. One very large spare rib. Cake soft tender at the bone and
little tearing at the knuckle. Full smoke flavor. A salt, pepper, and sugar rub
to give it that extra flavor boost. No sauce needed.
Sausage: Fair. It resembled the fresh loose packed hot sausage in Central Texas
but it did not taste like it. It had a strong strange herb flavor like oregano
or sage. It was mushy. I did not finish it. So disappointed. If you go rouge on
flavor, you have to hit a home run. This was a foul bunt. Use the sauce or skip
Sauce: My first thought is this KC Masterpiece. My second thought is its KC
Masterpiece jazzed up. A ketchup, molasses, lemon, with strong coffee flavor.
It was a little overpowering so use it sparingly.
PS: the parking and potato
salad are both horrific.