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Food truck review: OinknMoo BBQ

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Posted 10:33pm on Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013

Few foods evoke as much discussion and passion in Texas as barbecue. Everyone has their favorite ways to prep the meat, and everyone has strong feelings about where to find the best brisket. When OinknMoo BBQ hit the streets of DFW, I wasn't sure how they would fare: Could you take Texas' favorite food to the streets and make it work?

Before I talk about the meat, I have to comment on this truck. It's my favorite wrap of any DFW truck. I love the visual of walking through the screen door to get to the woodpile to reload the smoker. When you see this truck, there is no doubt what they are serving. I love it!

I try to visit a truck twice before I blog about it in order to get a full picture of the consistency and to sample a couple of items. OinknMoo gets the record for visits; I've been to their truck four times. Not because the quality was in question, but because it is so good, and they rotate the menu weekly, so there's a lot to sample. Even in four visits I haven't tried everything ... yet.

Some of the items of OinknMoo's menu:

Chicken Fried Brisket. I admit, this one is different. The brisket is very tender and the basting of the "chicken fried" part was very flavorful. I don't know that I loved this enough to have it again but I'm not a big fan of chicken-fried anything. If you are a fan, you will probably love this. The gravy was smooth and peppery and a great compliment to some of the best hand-cut fries I have ever had.

Brisket. If "plain" brisket is more your thing, OinknMoo does it well. The brisket is so tender, it almost melts in your mouth. The rub used on the brisket stays around after cooking and gives the meat a full, slightly peppery flavor. The brisket comes with a side of sauce, a choice of mild or spicy. The mild is slightly sweet and full of flavors. The spicy is my favorite; it has enough heat from pepper and other spices to warm your tongue. It matches well with the flavors of the brisket without overpowering it.

Chicken Wings. It's a bit ironic that my favorite item from OinknMoo is actually from neither Oink nor Moo; it's the chicken wings. The order comes with three full wings that have been smoked. The flavor is amazing. The chicken is perfectly smoked. The basting on the wings is a complex mix of spices, sweetness, and smokiness. My only complaint about these wings is that they are messy. They're completely worth the mess, but if you have a post-lunch meeting after these wings, be sure to allow plenty of time for hand washing!

Ribs. Another stellar item from OinknMoo is their spare ribs. Fixed St. Louis style, these meat from these pork ribs practically falls off the bone and in to your mouth. The smoky flavor lingers but is not too heavy. An order comes with three ribs and a side of sauce.

OinknMoo also has a variety of side items that rotate, including the previously mentioned fries, bacon mac & cheese, beans and coleslaw. I've had them all and the bacon mac & cheese and the fries are stand outs. The coleslaw has a vinegar base that will be refreshing on a hot summer day.

Each time I've visited this truck, I have walked away thinking it was better than my last visit. With a concept that is judged pretty harshly in Texas, OinknMoo holds its own well. The truck is constantly on the move around the Metroplex. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out where they will be rolling with their BBQ next.

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