This is a BBQ place just north of the loop off of Troup. Some good signs from the outside are the large piles of wood they have stacked in the alley. Stepping inside also send off good vibes, with a rustic/cowboy decor and plenty of seating. You walk up to the counter, place your order then grab a seat and wait for your BBQ.
The spread: The options are somewhat limited. They offer brisket, hot links, sausage, turkey, ribs and sloppy joes as the meats. The sides offered are pinto beans, potato salad and coleslaw. For dessert they offer pecan pie, lemon pie and peach cobbler.
The verdict: I am all about a place choosing to produce a few quality items over producing a bunch of average food. Unfortunately, for me the BBQ falls a little flat. The brisket has a good smoke flavor, but lacks tenderness and fat/succulence. Did I just write succulence? Yes, I did - BBQ is something ethereal and sacred to me, so I can use fancy words. The ribs also have a nice smoke flavor and are somewhat tender, but they were just ok, not transcendent. The sides are also nothing to get excited about, they are solid, but not original or really good/great. That being said, I do think that Bodacious has the best BBQ in Tyler city limits, which gives me an idea for a new post.
Edible Tyler Roses: 3 out of 5, the Q is good enough to eat, but not good enough to get excited about.