by Pops... reporter-in-the-field in Fort Worth!
After a long drive to Ikea in Frisco and a hard day of quality shopping and goofi.. having fun, we returned to the home town of Fort Worth, Texas (killer construction through Bedford!) and staving off great hunger as my wife promised me "... the best BBQ you've ever had!" Now, that's hard to say as we've visited just about every BBQ emporium this side of Dallas. She got off at University from I 30 and we wound our way to a dark side street to 2533 White Settlement, in SW Fort Worth (not to be confused with the community of White Settlement in the north of Fort Worth) to Angelo's BBQ. It was non-descript. No big glaring neon, just a light on the sign and enter through the side door. Right by the hickory-smoke powered exhaust vent coming from the smokehouses. I was home...
You enter, step up to the counter and place your order: sandwiches on one board, ribs, briskets and sides on another, and by-the-pound on yet a third. Quick, efficient work preparing our meals: I had (of course!) the full rack of ribs with standard sides of great cole slaw, smoky baked beans, home-made potato salad and sauce separate. I knew then they were serious about their ribs! They were perfectly trimmed St. Louis style, a nice little tug, but still super tender, lo'n'slo smoked with a great bark and a very nice, pronounce smoke ring and the smoke had excited the natural nitrites from it and a great cured/smoked flavor! My wife, bless her heart, was absolutely right! We lingered on the meal, enjoying every bit, not a single morsel left and they were hearty portions too - 10 ribs on the rack, no little finger bones either!
It had slowed down by that point and I asked for the manager and told him I was in www.smokingmeatforums.com and wanted a brochure if possible and a picture too (we'd previously gotten one with one of the several bears!):
snapped with an iPhone..
Well, the manager told me, "Why dontcha get a picture with the owner instead, he's sittin' right over there!" and took me over and introduced me. He was happy to pose for a picture with me, but my wife was in it too and another patron snapped it, a bit blurry but you can still make it out!
Skeet George is the owner's name and his dad, Angelo, started the business in 1958, Skeet then ran it and his son Jason is pitmaster of the place now.
For a complete history, go to their website, http://www.angelosbbq.com and for ordering information, they ship nationally. This is not a chain, it's not a franchise, it's still a sole owner business on a sidestreet in Fort Worth, but the smell that goes for blocks gives it away!
I am not advertising for them for anything other than to show a great Texas legend that is over a half-century old, carrying on a tradition that has endured through time by being one of the best! It takes a lot to be a legend, and this qualifies!