I just finished a plate of ribs, brisket, and sausage at Harold’s Pit Bar-B-Q in Abilene. I’m a little short on time so I’ll make this a quick look. This joint opened in 1957 and is just about as funky a place as you’ll find. When I walked in, Harold was leading a group of about 20 school children in a gospel version of “Amen.” When he finished he said, “All right yáll, now go eat your ribs.” Then he made his way behind the counter and served us.
The brisket was overcooked, but the sausage was some of the best I’ve ever tried. Ribs were small but juicy and not too fatty. Side dishes were okay—not the most inspiring versions of potato salad, cole slaw, or collard greens. The barbecue sauce was drinkable. It was deep in color and full of rich, slightly sweet flavor. All-in-all, it wasn’t the best or the worst barbecue I’ve eaten. I would have liked to ask Harold and his pit master some questions but they were closing and busy packing up the goods. 1305 Walnut Street
Abilene, TX 79601. 325-672-4451