By Alyssa De Rosa –mtltimes.ca
How many Tex-Mex joints do you know of in Montreal? Not many, right? Thankfully, Blackstrap BBQ partners Clara Barron and Dylan Kier along with their pal Ryan Bloom decided to give us a mucho bueno option known as Tejano BBQ Burrito in the heart of St-Henri.
Get ready to indulge in a burrito the size of your head. I’m not joking. On December 2nd, 2014, Tejano BBQ Burrito was born. “When I was doing BBQ competition to promote Blackstrap, I would come back home with a bunch of leftover meat and one of the things I would do is make Tex-Mex food,” owner Dylan Kier explains. “Burritos are one of my favourite things,” Kier jokes. “I thought it would make a good product and I just wanted to share it with everyone.”
To that, we all say thank you! This concoction of great Mexican/Texan food is almost a year old and has known so much success already. The BBQ they offer their clients is Texas style accompanied with fresh ingredients, including homemade chillies to really bring out those Mexican flavours. According to Kier, the burritos they bang out are much more Texan than Mexican. “This is a Tex-Mex place and not your authentic Mexican restaurant,” he says.
Now, let’s take a look at that delicious menu. Clients can have a burrito (regular size), an XL burrito which is over 600 grams if you were to order it all dressed, a tostada, or a salad bowl. For the meat lovers, this is definitely a bang for your buck. All the meat is smoked at Blackstrap, some recipes requiring up to 20 hours of slow cooking. Oh, I can feel the meat melting in my mouth as I write that. Options include: chicken, pork and beef brisket. Don’t eat meat? No problem. The vegetarian option is just as yummy which is a black bean (hominy) alternative. Placing an all dressed order is probably your best bet. It gives the client the opportunity to taste the blend of BBQ sauces with the fresh ingredients they add which include rice, black beans, lettuce, pickled onions, and the list goes on. The prices are reasonable and vary between $7.00 to $14.00 depending on the order and the “extras” involved.
As first timers, we opted for all dressed pulled pork and beef brisket burritos. It was almost impossible for me to finish a whole one, but thankfully, I had a man sharing with me. The meats in both burritos were tender and smoky. The kind of meal you definitely don’t have on a first date as I had sauces all over my face and fingers. The only proper way to eat a burrito!
“Montreal needed a burrito place,” says Kier. “It was something I was eating at home, and I thought it was amazing. The neighbourhood didn’t have much, but now it’s booming with restaurants. I think it’s a great fit.”
With plans to expand their menu and offer clients some cool, different recipes, I’m looking forward to seeing what this little slice of heaven will concoct. Until that day comes, you gotta eat here!