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A Little Taste of Texas at Caritas Ranch Bar-B-Q

August 26th, 2009 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit Comment
Nothing but meat and bread.

Nothing but meat and bread.

With a long layover in Houston, Texas, I needed something to eat.  Although eating at a chain would have been a safe bet, I like to live on the edge.  I also wanted to make sure I got something unique to Texas.  When I found Caritas Ranch Bar-B-Q, I knew I had to have it.

The place didn’t offer much in terms of options for the main course or for sides, but it was an airport so I let it slide.  The best-looking thing on the menu to me was the sliced beef sandwich, so I ordered one.  I then watched as they sliced the beef right in front of me, threw it on a bun and drizzled BBQ sauce over it.  I had to admit, it looked pretty good, despite being cooked in an airport.

When I bit in, my expectations were pretty low.  I expected the bun to be stale and dry and the beef to simply be dry.  Luckily, neither were the case.  The beef was decently juicy, the sauce had a good enough flavor and the bun gave me no trouble.  I wouldn’t go so far to say the BBQ was good, especially when compared to all the great BBQ that has come from Texas, but it sure wasn’t as bad as it could have been.


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Kinda like a normal chicken.

Kinda like a normal chicken.

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