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Hi ya'll. I just went to the new Barn Burner barbecue restaurant in Pasadena (http://www.barnburnerbbq.com/). They pride themselves in their Texas-style barbecue, so I thought I'd give it a try (being as I'm grew up in Texas).

I walked in and it immediately reminded me of home: big barn with an open dining room, a big Texas flag on one wall, road signs and neon on the others, country music playing in the background, picnic tables for dining tables, paper towels on the tables, very casual. I ordered the brisket and the pulled pork (what was I thinking? pulled pork is from the Carolinas!) and came away disappointed. The brisket was too lean and tough. Not enough flavor. Same with the pulled pork (which should be more vinegary and should have those nice crunchy bits). The sauce was good, but was hoping they would have more than one. The sides, cole slaw and cream corn, were really good, actually. But the bread was disappointing. It seemed to be freshly baked, but only half-baked and mushy.

So, can anyone recommend a place that serves tender, melt-in-your-mouth barbecue brisket? Help!

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  1. Good luck. No luck finding Texas style brisket in L.A. Everyone here does tri tip. Zekes makes pretty good bbq, my fellow Texans really like that. A few rave about the Smokehouse in Burbank. Trying Robin's Woodfire Grill BBQ this wkend in Pasadena, will report back. http://robinsbbq.com

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    1. re: luswei

      Robin's is a fun place to take the family and kids, but the 'que leaves much to be desired. Good onion rings.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        i agree, Robin's has great onion rings, but their bbq does not live up to the hype.

      2. re: luswei

        I have never found in L.A. brisket like what I found near Austin, Texas. The brisket typified by Muellers in Taylor, TX.
        I guess I don't know good BBQ, because I grew up eating beef smoked all night at my annual church fiesta. It was well done, lean and stringy. Oh, and very tasty.
        In Texas, they make the meat "tender and juicy" which to me was under-cooked and oily. I didn't think it was "tasty" but that's because I am used to having some sauce on the meat. I am not saying the Texas brisket was "bad," and the beef I grew up eating was "good." I would never dream of describing different types BBQ as good or bad, it's just my subjective taste.

        I like Dr. Hogly Wogly's brisket but that's because I like beef kind of dry and stringy which is what the fans of authentic Texas brisket hate it for.

      3. Dr. Hogly Wogly in Van Nuys. Brisket is very good, and Texas style. Tender and flavorful. Don't care much for ribs though. Hot links are good.

        1. I agree with BHAppeal...Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ. I go there for the BBQ Brisket and baked beans. Good luck!

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          1. re: Oishii Eats

            My husband is from Texas and we're in Texas every December. We've been going to Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ for about 21 years...the best brisket we've ever had...ever. Even in Texas. We also love the macaroni salad and bbq beans...I live 2.5 hours away and we go there as often as we can...and, bring more home.....

          2. Zeke's does decent brisket. Not cheap tho.

            1. Whole Foods is a chain, but their Glendale location (but not the Pasadena one) has a tender brisket. I don't know if it is up to Texas snuff, though.