Brisket, why do I always fall for your trap now? I never was a big brisket fan until I went to Austin a few months ago. There, I saw that brisket could be tender, juicy, rich, and delicious. Hell, even the run-of-the-mill brisket at the Austin Whole Foods was miles beyond anything I’d ever had in California.
When someone tipped me off that Horse Thief had great brisket and I was within walking distance, I decided to give it a try. For $6 and some change for 1/4lb of brisket, two slices of white bread, some onions and pickles, it didn’t break the bank. Unfortunately, LA brisket disappointed me yet again!
Just looking at the brisket, I thought something was wrong. The meat looked dry. I gave it a poke with my finger and it seemed to separate okay, leading me to think it just wasn’t the best looking brisket, but would be sufficiently tender. A bite later, nope. It was weird. The meat fell apart in my mouth, but had none of the delicious richness I was expecting from a well-cooked slice of brisket. Sure, the flavor of the rub was fine and the smoke was good, but it just wasn’t juicy. The fattier slice under my first slice was a little better, but not by much. How can a fatty slice of brisket not be tasty??
In the end, I put the remaining slices in between the two pieces of bread, smeared in some sauce, added onions and pickles, and ate it like a sandwich. It wasn’t bad, but it was a letdown. I wanted melt-in-my-mouth, rich, juicy brisket that did not need any additional bbq sauce at all and this was not it.
Horse Thief BBQ
324 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013