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Scholl Bros. Bar-B-Que

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This joint came with high praise, so I drove about two hours to give it a try. Approaching the place, my hopes seemed fulfilled. The sheet metal and wood exterior along with the faded sign reeked potential. Talk about disappointment. The ribs here were nearly devoid of flavor and were just warm with chunks of unrendered fat. The sausage tasted straight from the grocery store, and the brisket didn’t come in to save the day. It was tender, but with little crust and almost no smoke, it was a passable version of roast beef. The mediocrity carried over into the straight-from-the-tub potato salad, the lukewarm mac and cheese, and the banana pudding that had no bananas, just fake banana flavoring. The two hours of unsatisfied driving back home just made it all the worse.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)

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  • Anonymous

    How funny. I read the article on you in CNN and I live inParis, Tx. Scholls is consideredthe best here. You are so rightin your discription of the food.Indeed, the potato salad doescome from a tub as does the BBQ sauce. I’ve talked to Schollabout their brisket. It’s smokedabout 6 hours, no rub and the fat cut off after cooking. The closest they come to freshcooking is tossing some beans ina pot with salt or, hand mixingcole slaw. the ribs, right outof the supplier’s bag. Best bet,baked potato.where’s your granddad when youneed him?

  • Anonymous

    As another Paris resident, I’ll have to say, I agree. When they first opened, their entire menu was the complete opposite of what you described. They even got on the Top 50 list of Best BBQ by Texas Monthly. But as of late, their BBQ seems very uninspired. I mean, side dishes, I can forgive, but the smoked turkey and brisket have a very store bought taste. I hardly ever see or smell the smoker running any more….perhaps any indication? People say their catering is the best because they prepare everything by hand. I guess it gets lost in translation on the ordering line. So sorry you had to go two hours out of your way, hopefully we’ll get some BBQ to bring ya back! Great work, BTW, very good reading for a BBQ connoisseur like myself!