Friday, September 12, 2014

Petty’s BBQ - Killeen

The folks at Petty’s BBQ call themselves “Smoke Masters.”  I was anxious to see what the masters of smoke had to offer me at lunchtime.


I ordered a three meat plate and made myself at home while the meat was cut and the plate was assembled behind the counter.

A good lookin' three meat plate at Petty's BBQ

The meats were simply seasoned with salt and pepper, with a heavy emphasis on the pepper.  The brisket had plenty of good smoke contributing to a nice flavor but it was very dry.  There was a layer of well rendered fat that tried its best to cling on to the dry meat.  The meat crumbled as I tried to pick the slices up.  This meat had good flavor, but it was just too dry and would not hold together.  I ended up shoveling it in my mouth by the handful.

The ribs were very good.  They too carried plenty of smoke but did not suffer from the dryness of the brisket.  This meat held plenty of moisture and carried a nice tug.  The black pepper played a role alongside the smoke to bring this meat to life.

I selected the spicy variety of sausage and it was just fine.  These were pretty standard links cut methodically on my plate.  The links carried a hint of spice and a nice snap.


There was not much to the interior of Petty’s.  There were a handful of tableclothed picnic tables in the narrow dining area.  The atmosphere was set by a noisy episode of "Family Guy" playing on the TV mounted on the wall by the entrance.

Petty’s had an oddly diverse selection of sauces spread about the dining area.  The sauces carried names such as “Mustard”, “Regular”, “Spicy”, “Dr. Pepper” and “Root Beer”.  I sampled a few to satisfy my curiosity and I found them to be very thin and lacking in flavor.

The green beans carried some pleasant spice and were good enough to warrant a mention.  Cornbread is always a nice alternative to white bread at a BBQ Joint.  Unfortunately the flat corn muffin on my plate was disappointing.


Today’s ribs were on point and were the absolute highlight of the stop.  I would really like to try the brisket on a better day because it contained the deep smoky quality you want in the meat, but was regrettably dry.  Still, Petty’s is doing some great stuff with their smoke and is a worthy stop as one of the best joints in this area. 

Address: 1104 Kathey Dr, Killeen, TX 76542
Phone: 254-432-7388
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11AM – 8PM; Friday – Saturday: 11AM – 9PM


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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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