Spring Creek Barbecue would never enter my mind as a place to go and try if I were looking form some truly awesome barbecue. It's a chain barbecue restaurant, and every chain barbecue restaurant that I have ever been in doesn't come close to satisfying my barbecue needs. However, after opening the blue Valpak coupon mailer, that was recently delivered to my mailbox, a coupon from Spring Creek was found inside.
Spring Creek gives you an offer to buy one dinner and get one free. With most people trying to cut spending where they can, an offer like this is worth checking out. The coupon is only redeemable Monday~Thursday after 5pm. It's valid on any of their dinners which include brisket, chicken, turkey, sausage, ribs, ham, and a combination of any two. Dinners also include all of the sides you can fit on your plate and a fresh baked roll. Sides come with unlimited second helpings, so don't worry about having to make a mountain of potato salad on your first trip.
When you first place you order, expect a show behind the counter. The staff have funny and quirky names for certain meals, as well as chants for others. Expect to hear these constantly while you're in the restaurant. Most of the time when a place goes so far to have performances like this, it usually means the product isn't the best you can get. Unfortunately, that's was just what happened.
After making it through the line with a combination plate of brisket and turkey, and my counterpart with a plate of chicken and sausage, it was dinner time. The brisket was an instant let down. It came thinly sliced with a very small smoke ring, with absolutely no smoke flavor. It was dry, fell apart when handled, and tasted as though it had been in a warmer all day. With very little bark on the ends of the pieces, it was time to call on the barbecue sauce to save the brisket. The smoked turkey was slightly better. It was moist and juicy, however still lacked that rich smoke flavor that was expected.
The chicken, while being the best tasting meat of the dinner, was also lacking in smoke flavor. It was also a touch on the dry side, and also had to be saved with some sauce. The sausage did look promising sitting behind the glass, and had more promise as it was sliced up and paired next to the chicken. However, don't get your hopes up. Both the regular and peppered sausage left us both with disappointment.
The barbecue beans were better than expected after tasting the barbecue. They did have some good flavor, and I did actually find a piece of jalapeno in them. They had a nice spice to them that was balanced well with a hint of sweetness. The coleslaw tasted as you would expect coleslaw to taste like. It didn't have anything special about it. The same can be said about the potato salad, the green beans, and the mac and cheese.
Overall, if you're looking to get some great barbecue, this isn't your place. Spring Creek is another corporate barbecue place, where I highly doubt that you'll ever get some barbecue straight from the smoker. However, if you're looking for a good deal on a weeknight dinner, then grab the Spring Creek coupon out of your next Valpak and head to your local Spring Creek. After all, it's hard to pass up a free meal.