|Meats sit on the smoker at Longoria's BBQ in Everman. (Photo©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)|
Longoria's BBQ in Everman turns out some pretty stout ribs, but the star of the menu is the brisket sausage, no doubt about it.
"Brisket sausage, I don't think life gets better than that," Posse member Magda Michna Goncalves said during the final day of our "DFW Top 7 BBQ Tour" after she tasted Longoria's specialty.
To be proper, we should probably refer to Magda as Dr. Michna Goncalves.
Among its members, the Posse numbers several JDs, and we just picked up a reverend, but Magda is the only PhD. A vision scientist, she earned her degree with a thesis titled: "Novel Imaging Techniques using the Transport of Intensity Equation."
Kinda humbling for the English and journalism majors among us.
The final day of our week-long tour of the 7 DFW-area joints that made Texas Monthly's new Top 50 list was a day of contrasts. Longoria's definitely belongs on the list. Cousin's BBQ in Fort Worth, probably not.
|No trip to Longoria's is complete without a pit tour by pitmaster David Longoria. (Photo©Chris Wilkins)|
"If this is a Top 50 place, there's a lot of crap in the Top 50," Posse member Bruce Tomaso said of Cousin's.
Several of the dozen Posse members and guests who ate at the joint said they detected an extra, unpleasant taste on the ribs and brisket. We don't know what caused the taste, whether it from cooking the meat (creosote?) or storing it after cooking. But it was there. Some described the taste as "chemically" like. Some described it as like just the faintest hint of lighter fluid.
Still, there was a steady line of customers at about 1:30 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon.
By contrast, when we arrived at Longoria's just before 11 a.m., we were the only customers.
Pitmaster David Longoria, as usual, was in top form.
"We've had a lot of new people come in since Texas Monthly came out," he said. "I've talked my head off."
Longoria said his place is aiming to capitalize on the Texas Monthly buzz by serving at the Taste of Dallas next month. There also will be a highway billboard near the Everman location touting the joint's accolades and offering a discount to military veterans.
"We're working more on marketing," Longoria said.
|Longoria's brisket sausage is a legendary offering among Texas BBQ joints. (Photo©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)|
DFW Top 7 BBQ Tour
11:30am: Hutchins BBQ, 1301 N Tennessee St, McKinney, 972-548-2629. Open Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9:30pm.
11:30am: Meshack's Bar-B-Que Shack, 240 E. Ave. B, Garland, 214-227-4748. Open Tues-Sat 10:30am-until the meat runs out.
11:30am: Lockhart Smokehouse, 400 W. Davis, Dallas, 214-944-5521. Open every day from 11am til they're done.
11:30am: Pecan Lodge, 1010 South Pearl Expressway, Farmer's Market Shed #2, 214-748-8900. Open: Wed-Sun 11am-til the meat runs out.
11:30am: Bartley's BBQ, 413 E. Northwest Hwy, Grapevine, 817-481-3212. Open Tue-Thur 10:30am-8pm, Fri -Sat 10:30am-9pm.
11:00am: Longoria’s BBQ, 100 Christopher, Everman. Open Mon-Fri 10:30am-7pm, Sat 10:30am-4pm.
1:00pm: Cousin's Barbecue, 6262 McCart Ave, Fort Worth, 817-346-2511. Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-3pm.
|The pit fire burns brightly at Longoria's BBQ. (Photo©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)|