Mystery Diner: Bringing Texas to McHenry County for 34 years at Algonquin's Texan Bar-B-Q
By MYSTERY DINER
Since 1984, The Texan Bar-B-Q in Algonquin has been happily serving McHenry County residents their version of real Texas barbecue. So what is real Texas barbecue?
To start, the signature style generally is from Central Texas. South Texas focuses on barbacoa, East Texas serves chopped beef, and West Texas cooks over direct heat in a style more akin to grilling. The food varies depending on where you are in the state, but when people use the term “Texas barbecue” it almost always translates the Central Texas-style of cooking brisket low and slow over indirect heat. More notable, the spotlight shines heavily on beef as opposed to pork.
Pork ribs, sausage, turkey, beef ribs and pulled pork typically round out a menu, but no plate of Texas barbecue is complete without brisket. The Texan Bar-B-Q stays true to the real Texas barbeque script in every way, offering BBQ Beef Brisket at the top of their menu, along with pulled pork, ham, turkey breast, sausage, prime rib and, of course, beef and baby back ribs. As for how it’s all cooked, they also do Texas proud, slow cooking/smoking everything over hickory logs.
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