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Stubby's BBQ on Central Avenue offers a chopped brisket sandwich with a side of coleslaw with spicy barbecue sauce. (The Sentinel-Record/Bryan Rice)
Stubby's BBQ on Central Avenue offers a chopped brisket sandwich with a side of coleslaw with spicy barbecue sauce. (The Sentinel-Record/Bryan Rice)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Takeout Takeaways is a weekly feature in The Sentinel-Record reviewing meals from local restaurants in Garland County. The views expressed in this article are the opinions of the writer.

Stubby's BBQ is a hickory smoke style barbecue pit stop located as centrally as you can get in the Hot Springs area.

Stubby's BBQ has been servicing the Hot Springs area since 1952 and is a great stop-off for patrons of Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort across the street, and residents in general of Hot Springs.

When I stopped into Stubby's, there was a full parking lot and as one does I was worried I would have to wait a long time for my lunch. I was wrong. I walked in and there was no line and was greeted by a nice gentleman who directed me through the service line with ease.

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Oftentimes, with quick service line foods, they end up dried out, flavorless and the sides stick together. Stubby's had ribs stacked by the rack to keep them moist and the process they use to keep meats and sides fresh was on point.

For my review of Stubby's, I decided on the chopped brisket sandwich with coleslaw. Brisket is one of the harder choice meats to cook on a BBQ pit and one of overall favorites to cook as well. So, I was ready to see what Stubby's had to offer.

Speed alone would have sold me on three stars. I was in and out in a matter of 2-3 minutes. When I got to the truck to dig in I could really smell that hickory smoke envelope the cab; it was enchanting.

I started with the chopped brisket sandwich, moist and delicious. Within a matter of walking to the truck the meat was so juicy that the sandwich did not want to stay together, which is acceptable in BBQ. The sauce was just enough to add flavor and the slaw had a crunch and yet was coated well in the mayo-based sauce.

I scored four stars for my overall experience at Stubby's BBQ. The sandwich was exceptionally good when I added the slaw to the bun and dug in.

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