The last stop on our recent Brazos & Beyond BBQ Tour was RibShack BBQ in Granbury. We had gotten several emails from readers urging us to visit the joint following several of our tour stories in The Dallas Morning News.
Posse member Marshal Cooper observed, "The RibShack appeared to be a great BBQ haven from the outside, especially seeing a huge pit outside the front door."
The food we sampled was as good as the hospitality, We were greeted like old friends by Barbara Watts, who's a dead ringer for Sarah Palin when she puts her glasses on.
We visited with owner Bob Wherry, who took advantage of hungry Barnett Shale drilling crews when launching his business three years ago. It's a classic looking BBQ joint, made of corrugated metal with a major party area and stage out back.
The ribs and brisket were cooked very well but needed more smoke, according to several members of the posse. However, we loved the Shack Attack sandwich, made of brisket and sausage.
As Barbara promised, the desserts were amazing, a great ending to a great day. The banana pudding, pecan cobbler and blackberry cobbler, topped by Blue Bell vanilla ice cream, gave us the sugar buzz needed for the ride home to Dallas.
A B-52s song was stuck in my head before we ever pulled in the gravel parking lot east of Granbury.
"The Rib Shack is a little old place, where we can get together."
5:00 p.m.: RibShack BBQ, 4021 Acton Hwy, Granbury, (817) 326-4752. Open Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(Photos by R.J. Hinkle)