Spring Creek Barbeque Unchains the Englishman's Heart. A Bit.

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Gavin Cleaver
Barbecue strategy: While the wife and kid are distracted by the potato and sides, snarf up all the ribs.
Gavin Cleaver, resident English guy, weekly eats his weight in smoked meat for City of Ate.

After my meal at Dickey's, my experience of BBQ chains has been bad, and thus I set out to slaughter the Spring Creek Barbeque in Lewisville. I realize that makes me a bad reviewer, but please let me continue. Dickey's carpet-like brisket still haunts me. Drier than a thousand sand dunes, like a plain cheese cracker made out of meat, it forms the low point of my barbecue reviewing by so far that to compare it to other places I could have gone to is like comparing the recent Tron movie to the old Tron movie -- it kind of looks the same, but by the end you're convinced you could have paid tribute to the superior version better yourself.

*See also:
- Dickey's Would Be OK for Fast-Food BBQ If It Were 75 Percent Cheaper

The venue is pleasant enough. I think it felt more realistic than Dickey's, but then there are probably more realistic interpretations of Texas in Lebanon than you'll find in a Dickey's. Anyway, I wasn't there for the venue, I was there for to-go barbecue, the solution for the hungry Texan with a busy lifestyle and limited patience for a lack of meat (I have the latter, not the former).

I know with to-go you get the happiness of eating at your own home, but the car ride back really is torture. Someone needs to do something about that. My driving and eating skills are so poor I don't bother (I am a bad Texan) but this just means that by the time I get home my ancient car's usual smell of mildew and petrol (yes, petrol, gas is what you call any substance that is neither liquid nor solid) has been replaced by an intense smell of beef and sauce. And, in this case, FREE BREAD. I am easily sold on free bread. It's the only real reason I went to Texas Land and Cattle more than once. It doesn't cost much for a restaurant to provide, and if it's good it makes you happy inside. In this case, three entire small loaves. That's a lot of free bread.

I still felt like I was about to eat more terrible chain BBQ meat, though. The cheap to-go boxes. The questionable looking sides. The sad, grey brisket. But I was very happily surprised. Brisket and sausage plus two sides and rib plate plus two sides was about $24, so not exactly cheap enough to warrant fast food, as per my previous complaint, but this was light years better than Dickey's. The ribs were actually verging on very tasty indeed. Even the brisket tasted like it had once heard about a smoker, nay, maybe even had a passing fling with one, one summer long ago. It's not great, but it's not at all terrible. It's the limbo of barbecue places. The Tottenham Hotspur* of brisket. The Nintendo Wii of ribs and sausage.

In even better news, I have finally found the point of sides. You purchase them as a distraction tactic for those who may otherwise be eating the meat. With the wife distracted by a baked potato, of all things, and the stepson intent on mac and cheese, I was free to be the only successful person in the whole house, and by successful I mean eating a rib. By this metric, I am a hugely successful individual.

*Editor's note: He's talking about soccer again. British. What can you do?


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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I quit eating Spring Creek 7 or 8 years ago-too expensive for what it is (marginal)......they are VERY proud of that product. My father in law likes it because they give away free rolls; I don't go to eat BBQ to eat freaking rolls.  

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

I'd take Dickey's over Spring Creek only because the SC bbq sauce was so sweet.  It was poured onto food at my first/last visit.  I have the turkey potato at Dickey's which is petty good.  But, not all Dickey's are created equal. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

poor spurs, ol Chelsea had to go and win the the Champions League and crush poor Brad Friedels fake English accent back to the Europa League.  A great day in my house for sure.  As for the BBQ, I can handle spring creek, its kills Dickeys.  As for driving like a Texan, dont, I beg you, bc if you do youll be the truck in this wreck I had this morning.

 

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g458/dallasjhawk/Wreck/Wreck001.jpg

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

OH MY GOD YOU KINDA LIKED LOW-GRADE CHAIN BBQ, YOU SILLY BRIT! WE MUST SECEDE AND DENY ENTRY TO ANYONE WITH A UNITED KINGDOM PASSPORT!

 

Sorry.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @1dailyreader 

 

I'd eat a lump of sh+t before I ate Dickey's fatty meat, dealt with those semi retarded employee's, or ate that sh+t they call veggies-that come out of a can!

 

ps-You are either a Yankee who recently moved or your taste buds were "burndt up" at an early age.   Just saying. 

Jon2
Jon2

 @ScottsMerkin never seen someone who actually acknowledges being a Chelsea supporter. Gross man.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

 @kergo1spaceship I only eat the turkey potato...nothing else and that's only if I have to eat there.  If I'm taken to Coulter's I'll just enjoy the table conversation.   I'm no Yankee and my taste buds haven't burnt up yet.

ComanchMoon
ComanchMoon

 @kergo1spaceship  @1dailyreader Love Dickey's like most of Dallas, especially the mother ship at Central and Knox. The vegetables are tasty, varied and reasonably priced. Thee sauce is just right.  You can request the meat lean and they give it to you that way.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Jon2 my club coach when I was younger was a chelsea supporter from london.  My first EPL Jersey was a Chelsea top.  Sorry, wont feel one bit bad about it.  

Who is your club?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @1dailyreader 

 

Maybe because you just eat turkey potato.....maybe.  But try to get a good cut of meat an hour before they close, and just hope the carver is not cranky!  I once asked the "pitmaster" at one Dickey's locale if I could get "the lifter"; he just looked at me like I had 3 exposed tits on my head.  He had NO idea what I was talking about.  I was going to ask about "burnt ends", but I didn't want to get stabbed. Dickey's equals McDonald's. 

 

I guess people like Pancho's also. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @ComanchMoon  

 

No way!  I call bit here.....that's like saying "I LOVE BURGER KING!"  Just doesn't happen-nice try.  

 

ps-What does that say about Dallas if Big D does in fact LOVE Dickey's.  Again, I call bit.......Dallas is a little behind most good cities, but, it's never been that bad. 

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