Hungry Farmer Bar-B-Q



5/24/14 11:39am - I am a big fan of Hungry Farmer.  I love their Crosstimbers location so naturally I wanted to sample their S Postoak restaurant. I like the whole vibe of Hungry Farmer.  Lets start with the clever name that is a play on the idiom "Eat like a farmer".  The name has a cartoon sound to it and fun to say out loud.  It makes me smile. The decor is late 1970's urban cowboy/truck stop/hunting lodge. The biggest kick are the horrible pictures of the food and plate dinners.  These drab yellowish pictures look like something out of a 1970's cookbook your grandmother owns.  The pictures are as appetizing as a school lunch.  They are wretched.  How Hungry Farmer has escaped becoming a Houston landmark baffles me.  They have been around since 1973 serving great BBQ in some of the worst locations.  So much better than the other Houston BBQ grandpas.

I scored the S. Postoak Hungry Farmer an 84 out 100.  Reserve Grand Champion BBQ.  Not as good as the Crosstimbers location.  See my earlier post.


Smoke:  Hickory.  There is a large smoke stack in the back and a large stack of wood.  They use wood fired Olyers at the original, I assume they have the same here.


Brisket:  Good.  A sad slice compared to Crosstimbers.  A 1/8in smoke ring beneath a thin bark.  They got the tenderness nearly perfect.  Flavor was just beef and mild smoke.  Use the sauce.

Ribs:  Very Good.  A big meaty Memphis style spare rib.  Smoked slow and then thrown on a hot grill. A nice red smoke ring beneath a bronze bark with grill marks.  The smokey porky rib meat was moist and tender.  No sauce needed for these babies.

Sausage:  Excellent.  A medium ground pork link with bold traditional spice and nice peppery aftertaste. It was moist and a little greasy and had a mild smoke flavor.  No sauce needed.

Sauce:  Fair.  Wow this was bad.  A dark brown stew thick tangy spicy sauce.  It was bitter and the sauce developed a skin, eweh!  It made everything taste worse.  Skip all together.
(see the skin below?)

Beef Rib:  Good.  The best thing about this beef rib was the price.  $4.50!!  I think they messed up but I wont't tell (just did).  It was knife tough and dry.  You get what you pay for.  Use the sauce.


The school lunch pictures on along the counter.

There is a truck stop missing all its booths.

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