A Trolling Commenter Kept Telling Me to Eat Mac's BBQ, So I Finally Ate Mac's BBQ

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Gavin Cleaver
The location of Gabe48's Valhalla.
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.

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:

Longoria's BBQ, Dec 3 2012

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.

Smokie's BBQ, Feb 14 2013

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 BBQ, Feb 21 2013

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.

Guerilla BBQ, Mar 26 2013

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.

Odom's BBQ, Apr 5 2013

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?

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Gavin Cleaver
A Brisket Frito Pie
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.

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.


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86 comments
pigskinpop71
pigskinpop71

I tried Macs one day a while back while walking from my trailer park to Walmart. Never have experienced anything quite like it since moving to the city with momma. Strolling through Walmart later, my farts smelling like dead possum, several women stopped me wanting to smell my sauce and ketshup smeared t-shirt. One asked if she could possibly have me wipe my grimy jalapeno smellin palms across her 2 watermelon sized spandex covered butt cheeks. Hoping someone nearby would capture the moment in a picture for people of Walmart prosperity I obliged. My virility has never been higher, my confidence never better so I've decided next week to ask my boss to promote me to cashier and after 37 years finally get a drivers license and move outa moms trailer. ThanksGabe48.


Gabe
Gabe

Did anyone read the D Magazine review of Mac's BBQ?  It ranked as some of the best BBQ in Dallas, especially the jalapeno sausage, according to their review.  The article contains a picture of, and article on Billy McDonald, the owner.  I am a customer, not related.  I agree with the article D magazine wrote.

ebirmi11
ebirmi11

Gabe48 even sent me a some of his propaganda in response to a yelp review I did on Mac's Bbq. The guy needs help. 

elluckydog
elluckydog

I went by Mac's/Gabe's. Sign said "Closed for Lunch"

winqueferns
winqueferns

I like bbq and would really like to try this place (I think it may be called "Mac's"), but 4 things are preventing me from doing so.

1. I have no idea where it is.

2. I don't know if they're open for lunch.

3. It's probably owned by some big corporation.

4. I like french fries, which they probably don't have.

Ryan Baggarly
Ryan Baggarly

Try i wanna vigina on my ribs to make it taste like Macs

foodprick
foodprick

Mac's is absolutely marginal - even an englishman like yourself knows this.

KEVINK8
KEVINK8

the fries are boring, uninteresting cardboard clumps. That is not an opinion . It is a fact. But Gabe48 has ill formed tastebuds and a malformed taste sensors in his brain to boot thus cannot help but proclaim his mediocre taste to the world. He'll never be a food critic let alone an amateur ( not professional) discriminator of barbecue fare, Texas or any state. He has my sympathy.

markzero
markzero

gabe48 is probably not Mike Snyder.

James Savik
James Savik

Try Old Timer's BBQ in Ridgeland, MS

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

I love Mac's on Main Street's sauce. All I buy is Sauce, there is just something about the Sauce.

Wynona Morales
Wynona Morales

Their brisket sandwiches are good so are the hand cut fries now want try the brisket frito pie

Mervis
Mervis

I always preferred Gabe23s recommendations.

babyruth717
babyruth717

Loves Mac's brisket sandwich with those awesome fries its been years since I been there. Now makes me want to make a special trip to downtown to Mac's to try his Brisket Frito Pie.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

It truly would be a sad thing if the real gabe48 (not the pretender below) hasn't posted yet because he asphyxiated himself on a chunk of partially chewed jalapeno sausage at Mac's BBQ on Main Street some weeks ago.

mcdallas
mcdallas

"Don't feed the troll!"  And certainly don't eat what the troll feeds you!

Richard Hogue
Richard Hogue

great place to eat if your looking for the real deal.

Robert Porter
Robert Porter

i heard the jalapeno sausage there was dope...

veirshunter
veirshunter

You have to respect his persistence and he didn't use any foul language. I say @gabe48 is a great internet citizen. I'll have to try Mac's Barbeque. you win gabriel... you win.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Sure seems like the same Gabe48, he damn sure likes them handcut french fried taters.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I like jalapeno sausage a lot, but mine was missing snap that day.  Anyhow my buddy smoked a brisket this weekend that was to die for.  He has been going at it all summer and the last 2 he smoked, I think he has it dialed in.  It was barky, fatty, and just dissolved in your mouth good.  Holy fuck, Im headed to the fridge right now for some leftovers.  Oh and Fuck Gabe48, you really oversold macs.  Maybe if you hadnt tried so hard I would have liked what I ate better.  It was ok but it wasnt what you sir made it out to be

Melissa Farina
Melissa Farina

Some of the worst BBQ I've ever had. The fries were limp, the sliced beef was tough, flavorless and dry and the ribs were the same. We threw the whole mess in the trash.

JustSaying
JustSaying

"I went prepared to have my eyes blown out of my skull at the sheer power of a sausage" - Gabe's mom, the morning after she left my place wearing two eye patches.

Trey Sanchez
Trey Sanchez

anyone remember Arnold's Texas Bar-B-Q that was on Haskell @ Worth?

elluckydog
elluckydog

Gabe's BBQ on Main St. is awesome. Try their sliced pickles.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Has anyone here tried Mac's BBQ?

I've heard it's good, but what I'm really interested in is finding out if the handcut fries are any good.

Katie Mann Cook
Katie Mann Cook

I think it may be Mitch's dream to come and eat bbq for 30 days in a row. Or maybe just every day for the rest of his life...lol. Nice little list for those of us not in the know.

Gabe48
Gabe48

Mac's BBQ is pretty good, but the best barbecue in Dallas is Mac's Barbecue on Main St. It's only open for lunch on weekdays though, but well worth it. The jalapeño sausage is out of "this world," and the fresh hand-cut french fries are the best in Texas.

Joseph Danny
Joseph Danny

Exact opposite. I've trolled people into trying a specific restaurant only to have them go and order the worst fucking dish on the menu and be disappointed. Fools.

Jon Jackson
Jon Jackson

Joseph Danny, this is hilarious. Ever happened to you?

Daniel
Daniel

@winqueferns 

I myself cannot figure out whether Mac's ribs are the meaty kind. 

Whatever the case, all we really need to know is that Mac's is, as the kids say these days, "da bomb" and totally "off the charts."

EdD.
EdD.

@winqueferns I'd try a joint like that if only I knew they had a passionate fan who could think about nothing else, no matter the subject of the article. (And how is it that nobody signed in as a fake Gabe48 below? Opportunity lost.)

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@foodprick Mac's "BBQ" fucking sucks! Worst BBQ I ever ate! I got so sick, I had to go to the hospital because I got food poisoning from the food.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@KEVINK8 Methinks this "Gabe48" is an impostor who probably works for Mac's.

Gabe48
Gabe48

Nope. We are well versed in heimlich.

Gabe48
Gabe48

@Gabe48Actually, the fresh hand cut fries are out of "this world," while the jalapeño sausage is still the best in Texas.  Agree to disagree?

Daniel
Daniel

@Twinwillow @KEVINK8 Type "Gabe48" into Google translator and set it for Aramaic>English. It comes up as "Mac."

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@Gabe48 Ahhh, the "we" gave it away. Gabe48 is, Mac's BBQ. What a shmuck!

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