So I finally ate at Burn Company Barbecue in Tulsa today. I have to say that I'm not that impressed. I only had to wait in line about 20 minutes, and the place was packed, so I thought it would be good...I hoped it would be good. I wanted it to be good. I was meeting some people for lunch at another establishment, so I had to get my order to go.
First of all, when I stepped up to the counter to order, at 12:25 this afternoon, apparently, they had JUST sold the last of their brisket to the guy ahead of me. If I had not had to circle back around to find a parking spot, I would have been early enough to get some brisket.
Then when I did order, they screwed up the order. I ordered a 4-slab of ribs, hot link, and cole-slaw and a fountain drink. They gave me a 6-slab of ribs, pulled pork sandwich, and a smoked bologna sandwich. And they forgot to give me a cup for the drink. They gave me no extras with my to-go order: no bread or onions, pickle, peppers etc... And no napkins/utensils packet. Just two small cups of a sauce that was unremarkable. I had to stop at a just emptied table and grab a couple of napkins off the spool sitting on the table.
And then, while the initial flavor was decent and the meat was tender, it had an overpowering charcoal flavor. Which isn't bad in and of itself, when you are at a park and grilling burgers or hot dogs. But on slow smoked meat that has been cooking for 6 to 10 hours, it's a bit much. It lacked a smooth smoky flavor. It was all charcoal. And there is something in their rub that while initially was very good, it left a very strong and bitter after taste, which I now don't like.
And finally, now, even 8 hours after eating there that smell (it's a stench really) and taste of their charcoal and whatever rub they used is still on my hands and in my mouth. Even after washing multiple times, and eating a whole other meal it's still there. Not good.
They use consumer level Hasty-Bake charcoal grills to "smoke" their meat. Not real smokers with wood, and you can easily tell the difference.
At the initial eating, I was willing to give them another shot and go back and try to get some brisket, hot links and cole-slaw, but this permanent charcoal smell and taste that won't go away may be too much for me to power through.
They also did not have Big Red Soda in their fountain drink selection.
I give them a 2 out of 10.