A Trolling Commenter Kept Telling Me to Eat Mac's BBQ, So I Finally Ate Mac's BBQ
I spent a year chronicling the barbecue of Dallas. It's not over yet, I'm just much fatter, so it has to calm down a bit. The main constant throughout this whole year, besides the fact that brisket is really quite something, was a commenter called Gabe48.
Gavin Cleaver The location of Gabe48's Valhalla.
You might be familiar with Gabe48. You might not. His basic modus operandi was, every time I posted a new barbecue review, to wait two or three days to ensure his comment would remain at the top for all time, and then post something about Mac's BBQ. I have compiled the following for you, and they are by no means the full extent of it:
A "must try" is Mac's BBQ in Dallas on Main, only open for lunch on Mon. - Fri. Their meaty ribs are outstanding, great sauce, don't miss jalapeño sausage. Fries are fresh, hand cut.
Mac's Barbecue on Main St. in Dallas, is another great "joint"serving excellent barbecue, especially the jalapeño sausage, meaty ribs, and fresh cut fries. They are open for lunch only, Mon. - Fri., and is a small Mom and Pop run restaurant.
Angelo's is good, but the best barbecue in Dallas, is Mac's Barbecue on Main St., only open for lunch. The jalapeño sausage is "off the charts", and big meaty ribs, great sauce.
Has anyone tried the amazing barbecue at Mac's on Main St. in Dallas? Great ribs and jalapeño sausage, fresh fries not frozen. Mom and Pop operation, open only for lunch.
Mac's Barbecue is "da bomb", on Main St. in Dallas. Also good barbecue at Back Country on Greenville Ave., both of these places serves fresh, hand cut fries. The jalapeño sausage at Mac's is the best I've had anywhere.
So, I ask you, is Gabe48 a wonderfully persistent and subtle troll? Is he mentally ill? Is it simply the pinnacle of Gabe's existence (I'm dropping the 48, Gabe, and speaking to you directly, as I feel like we are close enough now) when jalapeño is combined with sausage? Is it, as some on Twitter have speculated, simply the dearly departed Mac's BBQ obsessive Robert Wilonsky haunting these pages in a frankly peculiar fashion?
Dear reader, I do not know. While I might be able to eventually figure out what is good brisket and bad, I cannot figure out what Gabe is up to. He remains a mystery to me on a par with the Marie Celeste and the American obsession with a flag. Sadly, due to working in Lewisville, I could not go to Mac's BBQ, which, as you might have established from Gabe's comments, is only open for lunch on weekdays.
Gavin Cleaver A Brisket Frito Pie
Foolishly, however, this newspaper has recently employed me full-time to befriend you all on social media and wrestle with the fine folks that comprise the Internet. Sometimes I will write too. So one of the first things I did upon being employed in an office downtown was to visit Mac's BBQ and order an excessive amount of jalapeño sausage. What follows is an open letter to Gabe48.