Boogie’s BBQ in Houston, TX = A Rated Boudin
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.
Location: 8035 W Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77071 — (713) 723-7775
Price: 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.
Texture: Moist and not mushy with flecks of parsley and chunks of fat intermixed with pieces of tender meat.
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