The motivation and conflict behind the establishment of Terry Black’s BBQ is well documented. If you’re not a BBQ Historian, this saga can be summed up this way:
The Nephews of Kent Black (Black’s BBQ – Lockhart) said their uncle was not staying true to their grandparents’ traditions by doing things like using rotisserie cookers. Therefore, the two broke off to setup their own “more traditional” joint, naming it after their father (after the threat of lawsuit from using the Black’s name), promising to smoke everything with post oak in their large smokehouse. Later this fall, Uncle Kent plans on escalating the rivalry even more by opening up his own trailer down the street from Terry Black’s.I absolutely love Black’s BBQ in Lockhart and with this much drama, you would have to expect the BBQ at Terry Black’s to be something special.
The brisket was the highlight of the visit. The slices were well prepared with a perfect amount of tug. The rub was simple with plenty of thick pepper. The fat present was well rendered and melted into the meat with each bite. There was nothing to dislike about this meat.
The pork ribs were just fine. The flavor came from the slightly sweet sauce present on the ribs. The ribs were in need of more smoke. The meat held together too tightly and were just tougher than ribs should be.
The beef rib was pretty standard and really did not stand out at all. The rib was well prepared and easy to eat. It had a lot of fat throughout, which was well rendered, but it lacked much flavor.
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Overall these guys are off to a great start. It was a good experience and was highlighted by that excellent brisket. The brisket neared the perfection that we’ve become accustomed to from the Black family. The promise is there but they still have work to do with the other meats to catch up to Uncle Kent. They’re also well on their way to catching up with the Mueller family in the drama department.