Come along on Don's "calories and cholesterol tour," and experience Texas barbecue at its finest. Don's not afraid to call it as he sees it, so count on an honest opinion of each joint he visits, from meat to side dishes. But Don's enthusiasm for Texas barbecue shines through with close-up photos and a handy list of favorites.
Finally got a chance to visit this local spot this morning. I used to see Don Green all the time at North Main BBQ back when Hubert and Dolly ran the place. I had a taste at the Bedford Blues Festival last year, when they won the people's choice award in the Battle of the BBQ. Since then, they have established a regular corner on Euless Blvd at Vine Street and have even drawn praise from Daniel Vaughn.
There were just two folks in front of me at opening but folks continued to arrive as I waited for my order. I had to try the BBQ Biscuits, of course, and added some pork belly bites. Then the usual trinity of fatty brisket, ribs (baby back), and sausage. All of it was scrumptious.
The fried biscuit dough was flaky and light and I added a bit of sauce after the first bite.
The pork belly bites were perfect. Melt in your mouth fat with just enough meat to make you want to have a bunch more.
The brisket was a bit overcooked. I could not pick up a slice without it breaking under its own weight. This was despite the relatively thick, 1/2 inch, slices. There was some excellent smoke flavor and good moisture. The sausage had a nice jalapeno bite. Much better than any sausage I ever had at North Main.
The baby back ribs had that great North Main flavor I have enjoyed for years. Tenderness was spot on and left a perfect bite mark.
I think I have a new favorite local spot. I'll need another visit or two to make sure. I just wish they had more hours than 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday
Another excellent day of BBQ in downtown Tyler and still one of our favorite BBQ events of the year. 28 joints and so much good food to eat. The weather had been iffy all week, but by the time they opened the gates for the VIP ticket holders the sun was starting to peek through the clouds. How the Tyler Chamber of Commerce arranged that, I have no idea, but kudos!
We arrived a little more than an hour before VIP entry around 10:50 am and found ourselves about 20 back in the VIP line. There were already folks in lawn chairs cueing in the general admission line. We spent the time visiting with folks and waiting for the fun to begin.
After about 30 minutes, the crew came down the line doing check in, handed out our t-shirt and beer tickets, then followed up with ID checks for beer. Everything flowed smoothly, as it does every year at this fest. After we got all our wristbands, I made a reconnoiter around the perimeter to see where Snow's was set up. This was their first year at Red Dirt and we wanted to hit them at the start.