We purchased brisket and pulled pork. . . . melt in your mouth tenderness with both choices and a slightly sweet and slightly tangy balanced sauce. We want to try the ribs next.
Mr. D’s BBQ
390 Leary Rd., Texarkana, TX
I-30 West of Texarkana, exit 213, across the road from Love’s Truck Stop
Venue: Roadside outdoor barbecue stand.
Atmosphere: Walk up to the order window and talk to the friendly person in the little building. We arrived about 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and even though they were closed, he was willing to sell us some food. They were out of ribs but he fixed us up with a helpful attitude!
Food Fare: We purchased brisket and pulled pork. It was $18.00 for 1/2 pound of each with extra bbq sauce and 4 slices of thick white bread. Oh my, melt in your mouth tenderness with both choices and a slightly sweet and slightly tangy balanced sauce. Probably some of the best barbecued meats we’ve ever had. Checking out their FaceBook page, it looks like they also offer chicken quarters, and we know they offer ribs. Pete and I enjoyed both choices although his favorite was the brisket and mine was the pulled pork.
Recommendations: If you’re driving on I-30 around Texarkana, TX, plan to stop. You can get fuel at Love’s Truck Stop if you need it and then go across the road for bbq. It is a get it and go stand. We got ours and nibbled on it all afternoon while driving. You can choose to eat it as a meal or perpetual snack until it is gone.
Service: Outstanding! There was one man ahead of us that stopped to get food. The server actually came out of the house to help both of us even though they were already closed. The man ahead of us had stopped once before and was back for his second visit!
Return Rating: Definitely! We want to try the ribs next.
We tried the ribs and both regular and spicy sausage. . . . the rum raisin ice cream . . . was sweet but not overly so and a nice treat on a hot day.
We enjoyed the ribs and brisket. Service was exceptional!
Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Since 1974
We were on an afternoon road trip to pick up a mama cat and her kitten, and saw Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. Father’s Day was coming up and it was a perfect “excuse” to try Soulman’s
Venue: Texas Bar-B-Que Chain
Atmosphere: Casual drop in to eat or get it to go. Table or booth seating invites you to linger with your companions and meal. We got ours to go. We left the truck running so the cats would have A/C while we quickly got our food.
Food Fare: We got a rack of ribs, brisket, bbq sauce, and an unsweetened tea. There were lots of food choices including potato salad, cole slaw, beans, fried okra, pulled pork, sausage, chicken, and lots of other stuff. You can choose a plate, family style, by the pound, or a sandwich. We enjoyed the ribs and brisket. Pete didn’t care for the fine cut of the brisket meat but I liked it. The bbq sauce was a touch sweet but with a tanginess to it. It was a nice balance of flavor. The ribs were delicious. You can check out the restaurant online at Soulmans.com. We didn’t buy dessert but I did drool over the choices: pecan pie, buttermilk pie and banana pudding. If you want to make your own instead of buy it, check out these recipes for chess pie and pecan pie. They are actually easy pies to make.
Recommendations: Give this bar-b-que a try when near one of their 20 Texas locations. We stopped at the Van, TX restaurant. You gotta love their logo cups and their mascot with sunglasses!
Service: We were impressed with the friendliness of their staff both behind the counter and on the dining floor. Service was exceptional! We were wished safe travels before we left by an employee in the dining area.
Return Rating: Definitely!
Easy to spot barbeque stand in Trinity, Texas offers food the proprietor can rightfully be proud of. Worth a road trip for the ribs!
Sammy’s Bar-B-Que Trinity Texas
Venue: Side of the road Bar-B-Que stand that was easy to spot as we drove by (107 Calvin Street). There was a Resale Shop next door (don’t bother) separate from the food stand.
Atmosphere: Awning covered picnic tables with a small food trailer and a bar-b-que pit.
Food Fare: “The Best Bar-B-Que in Trinity TX” according to their sign (We agree). We tried the ribs and Boudin sausage and were very happy with them. Check out the size of the ribs in the picture – great tasting and easy to eat off the bone. Note: I am not usually an eat off the bone person, but I was with these! Sausage was delicious. We sampled potato salad and beans at the stand, and both were great tasting. The potato salad was some of the best we have ever had. The beans were exceptional. The proprietor was rightfully proud of his cooking.
Recommendation: If you are in the area, it is definitely worth driving a little out of the way to enjoy this food.
Service: Friendly and welcoming.
Return Rating: Definitely!
If you are cruising through Crescent City, IL be sure to get some ribs at Springcreek BBQ located at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.
Excellent ribs and mediocre brisket. We pulled up to this corner stand to see the proprietor and his son with their feet up watching a barbecuer. Sort of like watching water boil.
When we walked up we were warmly greeted. I asked if the ribs were done. He advised he needed to put barbeque sauce on them and continue to cook them. I asked if he would sell us a slab as is knowing they weren’t “finished.” We got a slab of ribs with only a rub on it and some brisket. The brisket was nothing special but we compare it to what we get in Navasota, TX at Mallett Brothers Barbeque. The ribs were excellent. While not “finished,” the meat was done, tender, and tasty. If these half done ribs are an example of what he makes, I would like to try the completed ribs.
We highly recommend stopping in. Skip the brisket, eat the ribs. This Barbeque Trailer is located in Crescent City, IL at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.
Written by Pete Avery for BackroadTracks.com Blog.