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“Pretty good bbq”
Review of MeShack's

MeShack's
Ranked #23 of 365 Restaurants in Garland
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

Nice taste, good prices. Definitely it's worth to try. Be careful as portions are huge!!! And you might want to make a phone call before you'll hit the road as they are closing when they will sold out.

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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Great brisket and "roll ups" which is quite simply sausage wrapped in bread with barbecue sauce. Be prepared to wait and don't expect a chair to wait in. The regulars know how long it will take for their food to be prepared and wait in their car. They do run out of food and it can happen early. Ribs are usually sold out by noon and once their beans were sold out by noon. We love going to Meshack's!

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Mid-week barbecue is always a bit of an elusive luxury for me, so today I took full advantage of my open schedule and headed to Garland in search of more top tier meat. Meshack's is one of the only barbecue joints in the DFW metroplex that opens before 11:00am, which makes it the perfect pick for a carnivorous brunch.

This aptly-named joint is quite literally a shack. Some of the more humble and rustic barbecue spots lack plates and/or utensils, but here you won't even find tables or chairs, and the only menu is painted onto the outer wall. Despite its meager appearance, Meshack's has been churning out 'que delicious enough make Texas Monthly's list of "Top 50 BBQ Joints" for 2013.

I hungrily ordered a three-meat Mixed Dinner of ribs, sliced beef, and links. Their dinner plates automatically come with potato salad and baked beans, and there's no room to negotiation since those are the only side dishes available. The same amazing aroma that made the wait in line somewhat enjoyable also made the drive back to Uptown almost unbearable. I found myself glancing down at my smokey passenger every few minutes and licking my lips.

The potato salad looked a little like lumpy instant mashed potatoes, with no visible spices or veggies. That being said, it was interestingly sweet and had more of a crunch than I expected. Much like the potato salad, the baked beans also had a nice sweetness. Nothing about them really stood out, but they were a decent barbecue accompaniment nonetheless.

I started my meat trio with the hot links, which were really well done. All of the black pepper and garlic gave the sausage a great flavor, and there was a decent amount of heat to it too. Even though they weren't homemade (Smokey Denmark's from Austin), these links were rather excellent.

My brisket had a pronounced smoke ring and a dark black crust. The meat was very tender, despite being a leaner cut of meat. There was a good seasoning and plenty of smoke to boot. Although it wasn't needed, I tried the sauce for good measure. It had a slight sweetness that paired well with the brisket.

The ribs were probably my favorite of the three. They had a deep red smoke ring and some beautiful bark. The meat took little effort to pull off the bone, but there was enough retention to avoid the oft-encountered "falling-off-the-bone" nonsense. There was also a great smokey flavor throughout. Too bad my order only came with four of these bad boys.

Meshack's had some pretty amazing barbecue, but it s a little far out of the way to become a regular stop of mine.

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2  Thank Jared K
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Much to the chagrin of local folks, this take-out dive is getting national attention and I can taste why. The ribs are the real deal - tender, juicy, smoky, meat sliding off the bone; the sauce may not be necessary. The accompanying potato salad and baked beans are simply delicious. Lineup starts when it opens at 10:30 AM and stays open until they run out of food. While there is no place to seat, people follow the organized chaos. Park your car, walk up to the screened window, place and pay your order and wait for your order. Then drive away so the parked car behind you can move up one spot. When time permits, the owner will talk to the waiting crowd. It is worth the trip.

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