Boogie’s BBQ in Houston, TX = A Rated Boudin

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Ambiance: A small BBQ joint with a really good reputation in the South Houston area. All the buildings that share the strip mall with Boogie’s have heavy bars on their windows, but inside you’ll find a cordial proprietor along with his helpful young son. This is only a to-go place. No inside seating for customers. We drove to a drugstore parking lot and dined al fresco on the car’s tailgate.Boogies_BBQ_4

Location: 8035 W Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77071  — (713) 723-7775

THE BOUDIN/BOUDAIN

Boogies_BBQ_2Price: 3.25 (Wed. is Boudain Day and the links are only $1 — What a bargain!)

Presentation: The link comes alone in a paper boat. The beans you see in the picture were ordered as a side item.

Casing: The casing is thin and crisp, benefitting from its time in the smoker. In fact, the casing has a nice flavor all its own.

Meat/Rice Ratio: More rice than meat and this is about the norm when it comes to Texas Boudain.

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The link of smoked boudain was quite tasty and filling to boot. Notice the large chunk of fat to the far right of the close-up interior picture and the predominance of rice.

Texture: Moist and not mushy with flecks of parsley and chunks of fat intermixed with pieces of tender meat.

Spice: Mild

Overall Flavor: Satisfying and smoky. This is an expertly smoked link of boudain. In many respects it is a typical Texas link (in terms of the recipe) but the way it is prepared allows the smokiness to impart a level of flavor not usually achieved. It is light on the meat, but the permeation of the smoke brings out flavors aplenty.

Comments: I doubt the link would be rated as highly if it were not smoked. The BBQ itself was good but not great.


Reviewed March 2011

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