In the same day I visited an empty Michna’s which was serving up beautifully smoked meat with genuinely thankful service, I walked into a packed Uncle Dan’s at 2:00 in the afternoon. Hoping for the best, I went with the three meat plate of ribs, brisket and hot links.

Simply put, it was awful outside of the nicely balanced pea salad. The brisket was chewy had little flavor of any kind let alone smokiness. The single spare rib was gargantuan, and damn chewy. My jaw got a workout trying to dislodge the few bites that I could stomach. Hot links that tasted like little more than hot dogs did nothing to save the day. Even the mac & cheese was subpar. This was one day when I was jealous of my wife (happy birthday, honey) who ordered a simple cheeseburger. She shared just enough to make me wish I could have reconsidered my order, except that pea salad.

Rating: *

WACO: Uncle Dan’s Bar-B-Que
1001 Lake Air Dr
Waco, TX 76710
Open M-Sat 10:30-9

I’m a little late in posting this, but you gotta read Alison Cook’s blog post on the SpamWow! at Beaver’s bbq/etc. joint in Houston. Even if the very thought of the stuff makes you bilious–as it does me–Alison’s take on the, dare I say, resurgence of Spam is a great, fun read. A must for culture vultures of the culinary ilk.