With all this barbeque reviewing it seemed unfair not to give some attention to some pretty good barbeque which is available right here in my own little town of Manor at Texas Traditional Barbeque. It's located right on Highway 290 near the Manor stoplight, in the old red railroad shack which served fine barbeque for many years as Dusty's Barbeque until Dusty retired a few years ago.
The new owner used to work at Southside Market in Elgin and when he decided to strike out on his own he moved a few miles down the road, brought his family with him, and set up in a location already rich in barbeque tradition. Texas Traditional Barbeque is a true family operation with the kids working the counter a lot of the time. The building is small as can be. There's barely room for a half-dozen tables inside, but there's a drive-thru and you can get anything you want to go if there's no room to sit down.
They offer all of the usual meats, but in addition to brisket, chicken, pork ribs, and sausage, they also have some special items like baby back ribs, pork steak, and the recently added beef ribs. It's a pretty impressive selection of meats for such a small place. Sides include beans, green beans, cole slaw, potato salad, and corn. In addition to plates and meat by the pound you can get sliced or chopped brisket sandwiches, brisket wrapped in a tortilla, and sausage wraps on bread or tortillas. There are lots of options and the prices are fairly reasonable.
What's striking about Texas Traditional Barbeque is not that any particular item is outstanding or remarkable, but that all of their meats are so consistently above average. There is literally nothing they serve which isn't pretty well done. At a lot of barbeque places there will be one or two items which are good and one or two which are unimpressive, but at TTBBQ you may not find your dream meal, but you'll always be satisfied with what you get. One of the main reasons for their consistency of quality is a very solid rub which is used on most of the meats. It adheres well and has a good, strong flavor and seals in the smoke.