Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BBQ Tavern - Mesquite

It can sometimes be a challenge to find a BBQ Joint open on a Sunday.  It's downright hazardous to search for one that is open on a Sunday night.  I honestly typically avoid the dinner hour to give a joint a fair shake.  However, this was a place I would not visit otherwise and I needed a break so I took a shot.

I was fully aware what the outcome of this latest gamble would be.  I knew exactly what to expect from a joint open until 2AM on Sunday.  I even knew before I read the warning embedded into their slogan "We put the BAR into Bar B Que."  I knew but I rolled the dice anyway.


I ordered a "Sampler Plate" which contained 4 meats of my choice.  Surprisingly beef ribs were not excluded from this platter so I selected them along with brisket, pork ribs, and the house sausage.  The bill came up to $22.68.

Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, Sausage, Brisket at BBQ Tavern

The brisket was mangled at the hands of the man who sliced it.  It was a dry, shaved mess.  The brisket had the slightest smoke flavor but was so very dry from sitting out for who knows how long.  There were traces of unrendered fat throughout as well.

The pork ribs were overcooked and almost had the consistency of stewed pork.  The meat fell apart and the rub came off in clumps.  The beef ribs were tasteless and the storebought sausage was mush.

If this is what they were serving at 7PM, I'd hate to see what they'd be serving at 2AM.  Hopefully it would be accompanied by plenty of alcohol.


Even the sides were overcooked.  The corn and green beans were mush themselves.

Outside, the building looked very modern.  Inside was a different story.  It was a loud, cavernous hall with a cafeteria style serving line and indifferent employees.

BBQ Tavern is a rather nice, modern building
Though I think it is important to be able to serve quality meats during the hours you are open, I will sometimes give a slight pass to joints I visit for dinner.  There was very little evidence that this place would be that much better during the lunchtime sweet spot. 

Address: 19089 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Mesquite, TX 75150
Phone: 972-681-1585
Hours: Everyday: 11AM - 2AM


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*All Grades Are Based Solely on the Quality of Texas BBQ Offered at the Joint. We Aren't Looking for Burgers or Catfish!

My Grading Scale:

A = This is some of the finest BBQ you'll find anywhere. It is worth a roadtrip in itself along with any required wait.
B = This is very good BBQ, even if it is over an hour away, consider making the drive.
C = This is just average BBQ but it's worth a stop in a pinch.
D = This is a poor example of Texas BBQ. Even if it's the only place around, skip it. Apologize to any non-Texans that have eaten here.
F = This is not only a bad Texas BBQ, it is probably not suitable for human consumption.

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