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Texas-style BBQ brisket in OC?

josephnl Jun 28, 2009 01:30 PM

I know there are many threads about the best barbecue all over the southland, but none that addresses the simple question "Where in or near OC can I get the very best Texas-style BBQ brisket of beer?" Please don't recommend Lucille's which I think is very mediocre. I like beautiful slices of perfectly smokey and flavorful beef brisket. For me, I like a little fat along the edge which can be easily trimmed, but otherwise nicely sliced, reasonably lean, but still juicy beef. There are many places in Dallas where this is available...in fact, decent brisket is even available at DFW. Where in or near OC can I find BBB (bbq brisket bliss)?

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  1. Tapeworm RE: josephnl Jun 28, 2009 02:01 PM

    Not sure if it's Texas style, but try Bad to the Bone in SJC. Don't go to Dickey's.


    Bad to the Bone
    31738 Rancho Viejo Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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      Bjartmarr RE: Tapeworm Jun 28, 2009 06:29 PM

      I'm shocked. Dickey's has gone national???

      We used to go to the Dickey's in Dallas, which was fantastic, when I was a kid. The DFW branch was good too. But about four or five years ago they changed their sauce recipe to some awful corn-syrupy concoction. Now I buy some meat to-go whenever I'm in DFW, and bring it home and make my own sauce.

      So, uh, is the meat at the California Dickey's bad? Or just the sauce?

    2. Das Ubergeek RE: josephnl Jun 28, 2009 07:06 PM

      I enjoyed the brisket at Blake's Place in Anaheim Canyon, but I'm far from a connoisseur.

      Blake's Place
      2905 E Miraloma Ave, Anaheim, CA

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        josephnl RE: Das Ubergeek Jun 28, 2009 07:45 PM

        Ubergeek...you mean to say that the ultimate OC Asian food maven is not similarly authoritative about 'cue?? Hard to believe. I'll give Blake's a try!

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          Das Ubergeek RE: josephnl Jun 28, 2009 08:03 PM

          Let's just say that I know what I like, but I don't make exhaustive studies of it and 'cue is one of those things that people tend to have really strong feelings about. I would happily eat at Blake's Place, though... good food, great service. If you go, get some pit ham too, because it's really frigging good.

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          josephnl RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 10, 2009 06:52 PM

          Found myself in Anaheim today at about 11 am...too early for lunch. Realizing that my partner is out of town on business and that I would be eating alone tonight, I went over to Blake's. Bought a half pound of sliced barbecued brisket and a container of cole slaw to take home for dinner. I have just finished having a feast. Baked a potato, opened a brew, heated the 'cue and with some good bread, I was in heaven. Their brisket ranks among the best. It was very lean, yet very juicy. The barbecue sauce they put on the side was excellent, and the slaw was crisp and tasty. This may not have been the very best brisket I have ever had....but it sure ranks up there with the best. While in their store I tasted the pulled pork which was equally delicious.

          This place is a winner. I will return for sure. Thanks Ubergeek for the terrific recommendation!

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            Bjartmarr RE: josephnl Jul 10, 2009 07:44 PM

            So, can you confirm that it's not only good, but Texas style?

            If it is, a little roadtrip may be in order.

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              josephnl RE: Bjartmarr Jul 10, 2009 08:03 PM

              I believe so. There was no evidence of barbecue sauce on the brisket, so I t am pretty sure that it's only given a dry rub before it goes into the smoker. They serve the sauce on the side. It was delicious!

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                Grubber RE: josephnl Jul 10, 2009 09:07 PM

                For those that haven't been, Texas BBQ is pretty special. Here's what Geat said and I think he's spot on:

                If your favorite texas joints include rudy's or saltgrass you would probably be ok with Blakes or Beach pit. On the other hand if Texas bbq means City market, Coopers or any of the joints in Lockhart, your best bet is...............Jet Blue airlines direct into Austin.

        3. Professor Salt RE: josephnl Jun 28, 2009 10:23 PM

          Honestly, the best Texas style brisket in OC is at Whole Foods Market in Tustin. It's similar to the recipe they use at the Austin mothership. Dry rubbed with salt, pepper, garlic powder then smoked. That's about it, so it's pretty true to the central TX style. No sauce cooked on, no sugar in the rub.

          That said, the quality of the Q at WF can vary depending on your timing. If the brisket's been sitting around, it'll dry out. Try to hit the smokehouse at peak lunch / dinner hours, or even a little early to get the freshest possible product.

          Dickey's (Irvine) is weak. It's a Texas based franchise chain but that's as close as it gets to Texas quality.

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            mollygirl RE: josephnl Jun 29, 2009 09:44 AM

            I don't know Texass BBQ, but I know good meat and so I would suggest Beach Pit BBQ in Costa Mesa.

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              geat RE: josephnl Jun 29, 2009 03:18 PM

              If your favorite texas joints include rudy's or saltgrass you would probably be ok with Blakes or Beach pit. On the other hand if Texas bbq means City market, Coopers or any of the joints in Lockhart, your best bet is...............Jet Blue airlines direct into Austin.

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                pvgirl RE: geat Jun 29, 2009 07:18 PM

                Ditto. There are some things that fall in the category of "don't try this at home" - and Texas BBQ is one of them IMO - whether you live in California or Florida. Robyn (in Florida)

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                  JAB RE: pvgirl Jun 29, 2009 09:17 PM

                  Smoking brisket at home is certainly not for the faint at heart at 1 hour per lb at a low temperature but, I've had unbelievable results at home.

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                    ErikaK RE: JAB Jun 29, 2009 10:01 PM

                    Get one of these...http://cookshack.com/
                    Brisket at Stater Bros is about 2.29/lb
                    It is unbelievable.

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                      JAB RE: ErikaK Jun 30, 2009 08:19 AM

                      My weapon of choice: http://www.hastybake.com/grill_fiesta...

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                        JazzBeau RE: JAB Jul 12, 2009 03:31 PM

                        Texas BBQ is not that difficult if you have (1) Time (2) A great RUB (3) the right equipment ! Brisket needs to smoke low & slow....so not too close to the heat source, and few pits allow that much area or even a firebox that is offset from the cooking chambers. "Bessie" (attached) will get 'er done though !

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                          The Chowhound Team RE: JazzBeau Jul 12, 2009 03:53 PM

                          Folks, we're going to ask that you share your smoking expertise on the Home Cooking board. That's where our make-yourself food discussion happens. Please do share your knowledge here:


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                Bogey153 RE: josephnl Jun 29, 2009 05:36 PM

                Try Texas BBQ Pit on El Toro in Lake Forest. North side of the street hidden in one of the un-redeveloped strip malls. Sort of across from El Toro Meats or thereabouts. (Used to be on Rockfield, so don't trust yahoo or google unless you check the address.)

                I'm a fan of the pig so haven't had the brisket. Everything I've had beats Lucille's just down the road. Not much ambiance but I definitely say it's worth a try.

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                  Joani Macaroni RE: josephnl Jul 1, 2009 06:47 PM

                  Not sure if this is what you want, but "A Jim Dandy BBQ" in Los Alamitos lists Smoked Brisket as one of its "Savory Meat Choices." Other choices include various ribs, pork, chicken, and tri-tip. 1 choice of meat and 2 sides, $15.95, 2 meats, 2 sides, $19.95, 3 meats and 3 sides, $25.95. The big meal would amply serve a couple who want to share.

                  Lots of side dishes to choose from. We both liked the coleslaw which had no celery seed but had a touch of sweetness and pineapple chunks. The waitress forewarned me that the fried tomatoes were red, not green, but were still pretty good. Hubby ordered the mashed potatoes with gravy and gave it a thumbs up. There's also a 3-potato salad, sweet potato and French Fry mix, mac & cheese, various bean dishes, etc. (15 sides to choose from). Desserts (we didn't have room!) include bread pudding w/ raisins and pecans, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler.

                  We enjoyed the Baby Back Ribs, Big & Beefy Ribs, and the Smoked Tri-tip. Will have to try the brisket the next time. This place took over for a former BBQ take-out place but the dining area is fairly spacious and all new. Decor is "minimalist" western style. Very casual.

                  If you are in north/western OC, give it a try.

                  Open Tuesday thru Sunday 11 am - 9 pm. AJimDandyBBQ.com
                  10900 Los Alamitos Boulevard (just north of Katella on the east side; around the corner from Hoff's). 562-598-2211

                  A Jim Dandy BBQ
                  10900 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

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