Sunday, August 10, 2014

Brooks' Place - Cypress

At first glance, Brooks' Place might just seem like a small trailer sitting in the parking lot of an Ace Hardware store in Cypress.  Well, actually, that's exactly what it is.  However, the reach of this little trailer is huge, drawing in fans from all across the Bayou City.

THE MEATS

I arrived at Brooks' at 12:30 on Saturday ready to try it all.  I ordered by the pound, making selections of brisket, ribs, sausage and pulled pork.  After a short wait, I was unpacking a bag of gorgeous meats.

Spread of four of Brooks' meats: Brisket, Pulled Pork, Pork Ribs, Sausage


The thin slices of brisket were extraordinary.  The well rendered fat lining the edge of the meat and a deep pink smoke ring proved this meat was done right.  The cuts had a thin, but well defined crust encasing the meat.  Each slice featured tons of smoke and along with the juicy fat, made for a delicious bite.  The slightest downside of the brisket is that it did not have much tug and fell apart a little too easily.  Still, this was some good, GOOD brisket.

The pulled pork was honestly pretty good.  The meat was juicy and carried good flavor but the tangy sauce provided actually made for a great companion to the pork.

The pork ribs were a bit dry and had issues with toughness but I still enjoyed them.  They carried a slight rub.  The rub was sweet but not overpowering.  The mix of smoke and sweet was tasty.

The flavor of the sausage was pretty good but the link did not have any snap.  It was chore to eat as the casing was just too tough.

THE REST

Most of Brooks' Place's orders were To Go and wrapped as such.  However, if you prefer to enjoy your meal alongside the atmosphere of the community hardware store parking lot, Brooks' will accommodate you at their covered picnic tables.

Brooks' Place BBQ sits in the Ace Hardware parking lot

I rather enjoyed the sauce that was provided on the side.  As noted above, their meat does not require sauce but the tangy, interesting concoction pairs well with the bread provided.  Also, since the rules are different for pulled pork, don't be afraid to apply a little sauce to further enjoy the pork.
 
THE VERDICT
Brooks' Place does not only deserve the high praise it receives in the Houston Area, the brisket demands to be recognized across the entire state.  This is a hardworking trailer putting out some fine BBQ.



Address: 18020 FM 529, Cypress, TX 77433
Phone: 832-893-1682
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 11AM - Sold Out
http://www.brooksplacebbq.com/

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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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