Hill Country does BBQ Texas style. Everything is bigger in Texas and so is the BBQ. That means more of a focus on beef than pork, which also translates into a longer smoking process. While I don't really enjoy the cafeteria-style ordering followed by sitting with a plastic tray to enjoy the meat served in butcher paper, I do go for their Monday night special, which includes table service. The Monday night special is from 5-8pm and is an all you can eat affair. For $25 +t/t, you get to ask for unlimited amounts of brisket (moist or lean), chicken, pork ribs, and cold and hot sides (about 5 choices each). All the pictures in this post were taken with the camera on my phone, so please excuse the poor quality. It's mostly to give you an idea of what's available.
I went with a friend this past Monday, and here's what was brought to us for our first serving. In the front are deviled eggs (cold side option) and to the left are our meats, with ribs, chicken, and brisket. In the back are more sides, featuring the green bean casserole, corn pudding, and cornbread.
I think the all you can eat special is one of the best deals in NYC. I think it'd be great just with the moist brisket and chicken alone. But sometimes, I want to pig out at home, so I go and take some BBQ to go, and it's usually still pretty good by the time I get home. Here's some stuff from their "football menu".
"Chili Mac" which is their mac n cheese with chili poured on top. I really like their mac n cheese. A lot of cheddar flavor and they use a big thick pasta that isn't hard but doesn't get mushy either. The chili is not of a thick consistency, but is well spiced with a very light kick and has a lot of meat in it. Chili + Mac n cheese. What's not to love?
This is their smoked chicken wings. They're pretty good sized wings, and are 6 for $3 which is a pretty good deal compared to all the horribly overpriced "Buffalo" wings out there. It really does have a nice smoky flavor, and the buttermilk Ranch dressing is the perfect dipping sauce as the tang cuts into some of that heaviness from the smoke.
Last but certainly not least is one single beef rib. It's definitely bigger than a pork rib, although this one is on the small side compared to some of the ones I've seen.
So if you're in the mood for a fun, bustling, night out and eating a lot of good BBQ, definitely give Hill Country a try.