Horse Thief BBQ

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!

Brisket from Horse Thief Bbq

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
(213) 625-0341

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