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?)