Good barbecue in Pennsylvania? You betchya! We caught up with Tex's in a parking lot in Phoenixville, PA. This is traveling barbecue, and you have to check the website to see where he's going to be on any given weekend, but it's worth the chase. I was delighted to find this place on my visit here last year, and there he was again, sending a thick plume of smoke into the chilly Spring air. On the menu are baby back pork ribs, brisket, pork loin, kielbasa, baked potato with choice of barbecue meat topping and smoked chicken, although not all items are available all of the time. This time we tried the baby back pork ribs. I asked for a full rack and he reached into the smoker and grabbed one with a pair of tongs. Beautiful. He cut it into manageable pieces for me, as we're eating this at our table at a stamp show, wrapped it in foil and gave me a pint each of sauce and Texas beans. The ribs are smoked over hickory and really delicious. He leaves the fat on and it flavors the meat and keeps it nice and moist. The rub is pure Texas...black pepper, cumin and garlic powder, and the sauce is a rich tomatoey concoction flecked with crushed red pepper, so on the spicy side. The beans are cowboy style, in a brothy sauce that's flavored with cayenne and garlic powder and with bits of brisket floating in them. Worth the stop.
Limerick, PA 19468