9/4/13 11:03am - I am convinced that all you need to run a successful BBQ business in Houston is a Southern Pride gas oven and a good sauce to cover up your average barbeque. You do not have to drive far in this town to sample this mediocre BBQ.
I scored Hickory Hollow a 78 out of 100. This is Regional Texas BBQ.
Smoke: Hickory. Southern Pride gasser.
Brisket: Good (yawn). 1/8in standard gasser smoke ring. Paper thin bark. Pull apart tender. Little smoke. Little flavor. Use the sauce.
Ribs: Very Good. A large meaty spare rib. Near perfect tenderness. Nice rub. Strong pork and salty flavor and smoke flavor. Not bad for a gasser. No sauce needed.
Sausage: Good. A fine ground pork sausage with bacon and salt flavor. Little spice or aftertaste. Casing was a little tough. Use the sauce.
Sauce: Very Good. A tangy tomato vinegar thick sauce with lemon flavors. Not too sweet. A perfect sauce to cover up some mediocre 'que. Don't get it on the side, drown the whole plate in it.