I like barbeque; I actually love barbeque very much. Barbeque to me is as important as any other form of culinary art. Every good barbeque spot usually has a cook that has learned his trade from another barbeque master. Chefs put different spins on ingredients to make dishes their own and barbeque is no different. Family recipes being handed down through generations, locked away and sometimes taken to the grave. There are different types of barbecue, Texas, Kansas City, Carolina; they all have different methods of cooking and seasoning meat. Hoodoo is Texas barbecue and it’s just like everything else in Texas, BIG. Hoodoo opened last May, they haven’t even been open a year and this establishment is doing very well. Here’s a small excerpt taken from the Hoodoo website explaining the origin of the name and a little back-story on owner Cody Sperry.
I’ve been to Hoodoo once before, late last summer/early fall. My experience then was awesome but it wasn’t really reviewable. My friend Peter and I split something called the Texas Holy Trinity consisting of one pound of brisket, one of each kind of available sausage link (they switch up flavors), a rack of pork ribs and cornbread. Peter and I are both men of formidable stature, weighing in at over 250, well I am, Peter may have leaned out since then. That being said, we can both eat, a lot. We killed the Texas Holy Trinity without even trying. I told Peter I wanted to come back and just get everything and take pics and write about it. Two weeks ago we returned with about 8 of our other friends, all people who like to eat, and a couple small children, Peter’s offspring who can also house a whole pizza. I think we may have gotten everything on the menu so I took some choice photos of the things I tasted, shall we?
I ordered an embarrassing amount of food this day. I started with the smoked wings. An order of buffalo and an order of Cajun. I was so surprised at how GOOD these wings were. I would put these into a category that would rival a Sliders/J.Timothy/Archie Moore’s wing. Next were the fried green tomatoes, a few of us ordered these to start and they come out fast so if you want something to eat while you wait for the brunt of your meal, this is it. Finally for starters we all descended on the brisket nachos. These were really good, and possibly part of the reason that Hoodoo has made brisket one of my new favorite barbecue meats.
The next round was a couple sandwiches, The Battle of Ridgefield and the Mysterious Dave. I actually laughed out loud when I saw my friend Dave order the Mysterious Dave. These were some tasty sandwiches, and again, for a place that concentrates on pounds of meat in a cooker, these sandwiches are on point. The Battle of Ridgefield comes with brisket and pork belly, but the apple slaw on this one is what makes the sandwich due to the tartness. The Mysterious Dave has pork belly with one of the fried green tomatoes and smoked aioli. Two different tastes, both of which are an awesome option if a sandwich is what you desire.
Now, for some mother fucking meat! I wasn’t a fan of brisket for the longest time but the Hoodoo brisket changed that, now I’m on a constant hunt. Everyone got meat, everyone got ribs and brisket. I got ALL the meats, brisket, ribs, sausage, pork belly, pulled pork and chicken. The only thing I didn’t get was the smoked turkey, for no particular reason, I just didn’t think I could fit it all. ALL of the Hoodoo meat selections are good. There is not one menu item that you walk out thinking, “well that sucked.” This brisket is like the protein of the gods. Last time Peter and I came we both said we would return for the brisket alone. The ribs are my second favorite, I set up multiple sauces in front of me like a mad scientist at a meaty chemistry set and I always wear a shirt I don’t give a shit about when I do this.
Finally dessert, I’m a sucker for banana pudding and banana cream pie and this is a dessert that I see a lot of barbeque joints doing, that and peach cobbler. This bourbon banana cream pie is top notch and could easily be on the menu at a fine dining establishment. The last thing that went in my mouth this day was a couple bites of the Carmalita Sundae. JESUS, I really hope this thing is named after a woman that works in the back of Hoodoo named Carmalita because I want to take her on a date and whisper in her ear to the point that it’s creepy and she asks me to take her home. Caramel blondies shoved in a mason jar with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream, this was very sexual.
It’s no lie, Hoodoo is the bomb when it comes to Texas barbecue. Make a trip down to Ridgefield one weekend, Hoodoo also has a beautiful bar equipped with the finest spirits and beers for all of you with the taste for alcohol. I hereby give Hoodoo Brown Barbecue…
This has been another installment of Benn Breaks Bread. Thanks for reading and join me next week when I review River Tavern in Chester, CT.