Harold's Pit Bar-B-Que
Whenever I make the long drive to Abilene, I have to stop at Harold's for some of the best barbecue in the world. Harold's Pit Bar-B-Que is a little out-of-the-way joint that's not hard to find, but you don't just run across it while you're driving around town either.
It looks small from the outside, a little concrete-block building with a screen door and the smell of smoked pit barbecue thick in the air. Inside it's bigger than it looks with plenty of comfortable tables with red-checkered tablecloths. Huge bottles of Harold's world-famous barbecue sauce are on the tables. The sauce is also sold by the jar next to the cash register when you're standing in front of all that mouthwatering barbecue and your defenses are down.
I usually get a sack full of chopped or sliced brisket sandwiches to take home with me. But the excellent ribs, sausage, ham and chicken are highly recommended by Harold's customers. People also really like the potato salad and iced tea. And for goodness sake, if you get a plate full of barbecue, don't forget to try the hotwater cornbread, little football-shaped morsels that come sweet or jalapeno-spicy. And, of course, homemade cobbler for dessert.
But, you know, nothing is perfect. Harold's seems to be open only during lunchtime for the weekday lunch crowd, and only for a few hours on Saturday. While you might have to stand and wait most of the time, I guarantee you'll find there's an excellent reason for those lines.
Harold's even looks like the perfect barbecue joint. Old and saturated with smoke, off the beaten path, and filled with satisfied people too busy eating to chatter very much. If you're looking for a great barbecue place, they don't get any better than Harold's.
Harold's Pit Bar-B-Q