4/24/13 11:48am - I can think of a few places close by, I would drive past to get to Stockyard. I would not drive across town to eat here, but I would drive 15 minutes to eat here. If this your favorite place and its close by, hold your head up cuz this is good 'cue.
I scored Stockyard an 83 out of 100. This is Reserve Grand Champion Texas BBQ.
Smoke: Oak and pecan. They proudly display their Olyer wood fired smoker. For
urban 'cue, this is about the best you can hope for.
Brisket: Very Good. A very impressive bright red 5/16in smoke ring. Thin black
bark. Snap apart tender, no knife needed and moist. Near perfect tenderness.
Was disappointed in the mild smoke. Geez, you got the equipment, where's the
smoke? No detectable rub. Due to mild smoke and no rub zing, use the sauce.
Ribs: Good. Soft clean bite, clean bone. Very tender but finished a little dry.
Nice black bark finish. I could see the rub but could not taste the rub. Again
the smoke was too mild. Over flavor was good, but it still needs the sauce.
Sausage: Good. Pork traditional spice sausage. Mild overall flavor and mild
after taste. Little smoke. Nothing special, use the sauce.
Sauce: Fair. Thank goodness the cue here is good enough without sauce, cuz this
stuff was jazzed up ketchup. Looked like ketchup and tasted like ketchup. Its
OK to have ketchup as the base of your recipe, but it should not be 90% of your
recipe. I tried their spicy BBQ sauce and its tasted like hot ketchup. Never
been fan of spicy BBQ sauce.