People know that I'm pretty passionate about really good barbecue. While in Houston for the Southwest Lindyfest, I got to have dinner at one of the many Pappas barbecue establishments in the city. For a chain restaurant, it's surprisingly good 'cue at a reasonable price.
My buddy Eli and I shared the 3-pound special, which is three pounds of your choice of meat, plus 3 sides and bread. All for only $19. Eli and I opted for the beef ribs, brisket and the pork ribs.
The beef and pork ribs were tender, meaty and nicely spiced. The brisket was a bit dry in places, but tasty. They have three different barbecue sauce offerings: the sweet-ish house sauce, a cola sauce that I thought was kind of gross, and a really tasty chipotle bbq sauce that I dipped everything in.
The sides we had were quite good, especially the rice, which was flavored with pork bits. Nice slaw and baked beans. Our friend Dimitri got the potato salad, that was a bit too creamy and pickle-y for my tastes.
All-in-all, a very satisfying, economical, and plentiful meal. None of us were able to finish what we ordered, so be prepared to bring some home.