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<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gvtnlkNLnbY/T25bZ0uLc_I/AAAAAAAAHk4/k8MqWN_v_jw/s1600/Virginia%2BBBQ%2B01.JPG"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gvtnlkNLnbY/T25bZ0uLc_I/AAAAAAAAHk4/k8MqWN_v_jw/s200/Virginia%2BBBQ%2B01.JPG"></a><br><span><span>ARLINGTON: Virginia Barbeque</span><br><span>2290 SE Green Oaks Blvd. Ste. 100</span><br><span>Arlington, TX 76018</span><br><span>682-323-4364</span><br><span>Open S-Thur 11-9, F-Sat 11-10</span><br><a href="http://www.virginiabbq.com/">www.virginiabbq.com</a></span><br><br>If you're not going to do beef well, then don't bother smoking brisket. That's especially important when you open a BBQ joint in Texas and it's called Virginia Barbeque. Their <a href="http://www.virginiabbq.com/vabbq_smokedBBQ.htm">website</a> specifically points out that they only do pulled rather than sliced brisket, and the Arlington location of this growing chain would have been wise to heed their CEO's words. Their meat cutter isn't so familiar with this muscle.<br><br><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bKnYl1ei6Pc/T25bOoQgWjI/AAAAAAAAHkc/F6ymw7o0V5M/s1600/Virginia%2BBBQ%2B04.JPG"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bKnYl1ei6Pc/T25bOoQgWjI/AAAAAAAAHkc/F6ymw7o0V5M/s400/Virginia%2BBBQ%2B04.JPG"></a><br><br>Every bit of brisket I got had been sliced with the grain. Given that it was also undercooked, it made for an especially chewy meal. There was nothing redeeming about it.<br><br><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uOm0fM6VsXo/T25bObp4NwI/AAAAAAAAHkU/3jQ0IEE9Dck/s1600/Virginia%2BBBQ%2B03.JPG"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uOm0fM6VsXo/T25bObp4NwI/AAAAAAAAHkU/3jQ0IEE9Dck/s400/Virginia%2BBBQ%2B03.JPG"></a><br><br>It's pulled pork shoulder that is the chain's specialty, and what would be better to order than the Virginia version? Unlike the Carolina version with vinegar sauce that's also on the menu, this one is mixed with a sweet tomato sauce. It's perfect for a sloppy joe BBQ sandwich, but not particularly smoky. I couldn't really get much of the pork flavor either. Ribs on the other hand were undeniably porky. They were on the drier side, but not too dry. The overwhelming flavor wasn't the rub or the smoke, but of ham. I'm not sure if these had been cured in some way like some pink salt in the rub (I doubt it), a extra long trip inside the smoker (they weren't that dry), or an extended dip in a salt brine (more likely, but unconfirmed). Either way, they had the right level of tenderness, and were still pleasing enough.<br><br><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VEcMYxgHJ-s/T25bOwujaFI/AAAAAAAAHko/6Q6nB7WdGWs/s1600/Virginia%2BBBQ%2B05.JPG"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VEcMYxgHJ-s/T25bOwujaFI/AAAAAAAAHko/6Q6nB7WdGWs/s400/Virginia%2BBBQ%2B05.JPG"></a><br><br>Sides showed some love with tempura-like and herb seasoned onion rings, sweet and salty corn muffins and some respectable banana pudding. They may have provided a few things to return for, but don't get the beef.<br><br>Rating **

As far as I’m concerned, any day is the right day to eat out, but tomorrow–Wednesday, October 1–is especially right. Why? Because some of your dining dollars may help a food bank in your city. The gig is the Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up, a charitable event sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Being part of it couldn’t be easier. Just pick a participating restaurant from this list and go eat at it on October 1. That’s all. Really. Do it.  Now.

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