<div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ljt3h2USWs8/UGEvJu6gkQI/AAAAAAAAJVE/2fTHfmmXIi0/s1600/Fermin%27s+BBQ+01.JPG"><img border="0" height="149" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ljt3h2USWs8/UGEvJu6gkQI/AAAAAAAAJVE/2fTHfmmXIi0/s200/Fermin%27s+BBQ+01.JPG" width="200"></a></div><br><span><span>ODEM: Fermin's Smoked Bar-B-Que<br>1016 Voss Ave<br>Odem, TX 78370<br>361-368-2416<br>Open M-Sat 7-5</span></span><br><br>I should have known what to expect when I saw the business card on the front counter as I waited for my order. The trio of businesses on the same card were Fermin's BBQ, Mexican restaurant and trucking company, but the screened in smoker out back gave me hope.<br><br><div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ya61hqTuXUM/UGEvA9NhBeI/AAAAAAAAJU8/Mnp7TxAk10M/s1600/Fermin%27s+BBQ+03.JPG"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ya61hqTuXUM/UGEvA9NhBeI/AAAAAAAAJU8/Mnp7TxAk10M/s400/Fermin%27s+BBQ+03.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br><br><br><br><br>In short, it was awful. Baby back ribs that even looked promising were so tough it took significant effort just to take a bite. The brisket was little more than steamed roast beef. A warmed link of V&V sausage was fine, but that had more to do with the sausage stuffer back in Cistern, Texas than the skill of the pit tender here in Odem. A side of rice and beans seemed like an interesting choice that might give the plate a multi-cultural flavor. I've had Dasani with more flavor than the watery beans that were so washed out it was puzzling. Don't bother stopping.<br><br>Rating *

As you know, our cover story touted Snow’s BBQ, in the Central Texas burg of Lexington, as our number one barbecue joint in the state. Since the article hit the newsstands, little Snow’s has been swamped. We got this email from them a few days later: “WOW!!!!!!!!!!! . . . It was a wild and crazy day. We cooked and sold every ounce of 500 pounds of meat and we were still out by noon . . . ” So if you’re thinking of going out there on Saturday (it’s only open on Saturday mornings, from 8 until noonish or until the meat runs out, which could be very early, like by 9:15), take our advice and preorder your meat. And hope that a jillion other people haven’t beat you to the punch. The address is 516 Main, Lexington (off U.S. Hwy 290, via FM 696, 21 miles east of Elgin). Call 979-542-8189 for preordering on weekdays. The restaurant number is 979-773-4640 (open Saturday mornings only).