3/17/14 12:51pm - This is classic Houston BBQ which is a metaphor for mediocre. I have lived in this fair city for 20 plus years and over that time I have had a few plates of Demeris barbecue either at their Shepard location or catered events. I proclaim it classic Houston BBQ because I have eaten this same bland plate of roasted meats covered in sauce all over Houston for the last 20 years. Demeris is one of the big names in Houston BBQ. They have been around since 1964 so they are part of the blame for 4 lost Houston decades of serving this sauce covered roast beef. This is a new location but actually a relocation from a strip center that was torn down for the Hwy 290 expansion.
I scored Demeris a 70 out of 100. This is classic Houston Bum Steer BBQ.
Smoke: Hickory. At this location the smoker is walled off like Fort Knox. There is a smoke stack (been fooled before) but not a stack of wood in sight. The smoker is not visible from the cafeteria line. I know that JR Manufacturing lists Demeris as a client. Wood or Gasser? Who knows. I trust JR so I'll go with wood fired which makes this plate of BBQ even more sad.
Brisket: Fair. 1/8 in smoke ring beneath a paper thin bark (gasser?). Mild faint smoke. Tested tough of tender. No detectable rub flavor. Its a slice of roast beef. Use the sauce.
Ribs: Fair. Get the toothpicks. This spare rib was chewy tough. Lots a tearing and dirty bone. Mild faint smoke. No detectable rub left. Use the sauce.
Sausage: Fair. A course ground beef link with herb seasoning. It was like combining Central Texas, East Texas and Czech. It did not work. It was very dry. No after taste. Little smoke. Use the sauce.
Sauce: Good. A thick tomato base mild sweet sauce. It was buttery. It was served warm and developed a skin like queso cheese. Nice. Everything thing here needs sauce so just have them drown the plate.