Delicious long distance dining!
I was looking into ordering some food online, and Black’s BBQ (in Texas) caught my attention via this online ordering service. I wondered how these guys were going to send perishable items like food all the way from Texas to NYC, while making sure it is still edible by the time it arrives. The answer to that ladies and gentlemen is dry ice! The food came in a container that is securely sealed shut, and packed in bubble wrap and very, very cold dry ice! The meats were frozen solid by the time they arrived here! Safe as can be!
They provide instructions as to how you should prepare the meats. Bare in mind, the food is already cooked, however you should follow the directions to properly reheat them and hopefully get the preparation as it was meant to be. This is something that I think I screwed up. I tend to really overcook my food, and I may have gone a bit overboard on the ribs. Though I think I did okay on the brisket.
Overcooking faux pas aside, the meat was delicious. You could taste that smoky flavor that is oh so delicious in BBQ, and the brisket was soft and tender. My wife, son and I had a very satisfying meal! We all loved that smoky flavor, hmm. I have a ton of sausage that I haven’t eaten yet, but I will have some in the next few days. I received so much meat that it could hold us over for many days to come.
The ribs were really good, absolutely delicious. I think I did cook them a bit too long, and that is regretful. However, that is my fault, I just suck at cooking, or in this case, reheating! Yet I don’t understand why America’s Worst Cook hasn’t picked me up yet for their show? I have actually applied and they never reached out to me.
I’d be remiss not to mention that in life, you get what you pay for! So for all this meat that I received, the cost was just over $100. However, it was a lot of meat, and it came from Black’s BBQ in Texas! I’m not complaining, I’m just setting your expectations, prices may vary. Don’t think you will get a whole bunch of food, and pay $5 for it. Great quality food and service comes with a premium, that’s just life!
Visit my unabridged review on NYCTalking for more details on the online service I used.
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Best BBQ in Town
When I want BBQ, I head to Black's Barbecue. The atmosphere is true Texas style and the food is even more authentic. I always leave the restaurant feeling full and happy. The service is fast and the staff if friendly. Overall amazing experience. If you are a BBQ lover, then you have to eat here.
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Black's Barbecue (Lockhart, TX)
I've wanted to go barbecue hopping in Lockhart for quite some time. With a week-long stay in Texas at my disposal, this was the perfect opportunity. I'm sure any number of friends and family would have been very eager to join in, but today my grandma was my wingman (wing-granny?). This was sure to be an adventure of epic proportions. First up on our list was the one, the only, Black's Barbecue.
Black's has been listed in Texas Monthly's "Top 50 BBQ Joints" in 1997 and 2013. I'm a bit skeptical of their absence from the 2003 and 2008 lists (not even an honorable mention), but that's a rant for another day. These guys have been churning out phenomenal barbecue since 1932, and they're all about the history here. Black's has been using the same pit since 1949 and the same cutting blocks since 1954. Wow! Interestingly, Black's is the only one of Lockhart's "Big 3" that offers plates, forks, or sauce, but I won't hold that against them.
Upon walking in, we were immediately greeted and asked if it was our first time at Black's. Since it was, the helpful server gave us a quick rundown of the ordering process. In fact, everyone we encountered here was extremely friendly. Their large dining room is certainly necessary to try and accommodate the hoards of people that descend on Lockhart each and every day. The walls are littered with deer mounts, cow horns, and photos of days gone by. Sitting in Black's made me nostalgic for the kind of historic, small Texas towns that are becoming more and more a distant memory.
The brilliance of their barbecue comes from its simplicity. Overly-complex rubs can certainly be tasty, but here the focus is on the meat, and Black's knows how to let it shine. We ordered a quarter-pound of sliced fatty brisket, a giant beef rib, a pork rib, and a link of their original sausage. We also added some potato salad, beans, and deviled eggs for good measure.
There was so much food that we needed a separate plate just for our sides. The potato salad was creamy and slightly sweet. It also had a rather potent pickle flavor, which added some nice acidity. The deviled eggs tasted just like my ones my grandma makes, and that is most certainly a compliment. The beans were cooked just right and were full of an awesome spice blend. This was a great way to warm up my palate.
As expected, the brisket had a magnificent black crust and a prominent smoke ring. My first bite was like a fairy tale. The natural beef flavors and abundant smokiness danced off of one another in a way that begged me to keep eating. Each bite was full of tender meat and perfectly-rendered fat. Despite, or rather because of the simple salt and pepper-based rub, the brisket was really tasty. I had to force my grandma to stop eating it since we had two more barbecue stops planned after Black's.
It's hard to put into words how absolutely amazing the beef ribs are. At one or two pounds each, these ribs look like they were plucked from a brontosaurus. The deep black crust and smoky hue are enough to make your mouth water. You might think that a chunk of meat this thick would dry out easily, but it literally melts in your mouth. The tender meat is also seasoned perfectly and very flavorful all the way through. It's one of the best things I've ever eaten.
Though considerably smaller than its bovine counterpart, the pork rib was also quite spectacular. Each side of the rib was lined with a bright smoke ring. The crust wasn't black like the beef rib, but it still looked delicious. It had plenty of smoke and a flavor that can't be beat. The meat was also tender and very juicy. I could have eaten these all day, but it's probably better that we only ordered one.
Black's coarse-ground, homemade sausage rings weigh in at about a third of a pound each. The crisp casings had a nice snap, but they still had enough give that my grandma could bite through without too much trouble. Their simple spice blend lets the meat do the talking, with just a slight punch of garlic to tie it all together.
The pork rib and brisket were my grandma's favorites, but we both enjoyed the entire meal. In fact, I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this place. No matter which regional barbecue style you gravitate toward, Black's is the absolute holy grail.