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Wis Tex BBQ Opens in Stoughton

By on September 17, 2011 in Uncategorized with 7 Comments

Wis Tex BBQ - Stoughton Wis Tex BBQ
620 Nygaard St – Stoughton
(608) 205-6201

Wis Tex BBQ has recently opened in Stoughton.  We took a first look at the place within it’s first couple weeks of operation.

Visiting a new place that early is always dicey for us, and perhaps a bit unfair for the restaurant.  It takes time for a new restaurant to get their footing, work out the kinks, train their employees, and really show what they have to offer.

The outing starting out very rocky due to a customer service issue.  We won’t go into the details, because the restaurant acted promptly to resolve the conflict and the situation.  We will, however, go into some details over the food.

Wis Tex BBQ MenuThe menu is, obviously, BBQ oriented.  And the BBQ was good.  The food is reasonably priced, and the menu is intelligently presented, allowing the diner to choose different plates based on the number of signature meats that you would like to order.  Currently the signature meats include Beef Brisket, Pork Shoulder, Ham and Turkey Breast.  You can also add a side of ribs for $4.00.  Of course, you can also order a straight rib dinner, as wll as a rib tip dinner.

You also get a choice of two sides with your meal.  The sides include French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Baby Red Potato Salad, Corn on the Cobb, Cole Slaw, Pinto Beans, and Onion Rings.

Between the two dinners the following was ordered;  Pork Shoulder, Side of Ribs, Turkey Breast, Beef Brisket, French Fries, Pinto Beans, and Cole Slaw.  The winner of the evening was, surprisingly, the turkey breast.  Smoky and yet still very moist, it stood out from the rest of the signature meats.  Having said that, the rest of the signature meats, as well as the ribs, were good, and will probably improve as the place works out the kinks.  The fries were skin-on, crisp fries, and were very good.

And the pinto beans were a standout for us, though many people may not agree.  Most BBQ joints serve their beans swimming in BBQ sauce, which to us is overkill.  You’re ordering BBQ meats, you DO NOT need BBQ added to the beans as well.  (We know, purists would protest about that).  But the pinto beans had a nice, honest, pinto bean sauce and were a welcome change from what we come to expect from places such as this.

All in all, Wis Tex BBQ shows promise.  With time, the kinks will presumably be worked out with the service.  The food is off to a good start, and is worth a try.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think by leaving a comment!


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  1. Trev says:

    My wife & I were excited that a BBQ place was opening in our town – in location we have eaten at Two previous restraunts. So we went and will go back not because we thought it was all that good but to give them a fair chance. I had the Pork Shoulder & Brisket, Red Potato Salad, & Pinto Beans. My Wife had the Pork Shoulder & Sweet Poato Salad & Cole Slaw.

    I was surprised when mine arrived and bothe the Pork and Brisket were so finely chopped as to almost be Puree. I expected shredded Pork and Sliced Brisket. I have eaten Brisket all over Texas (except East) sometime 3 times a day (Brisket Hash, Brisket Tacos, Brisket Platter) and have only heard that some places will chop the Fatty Brisket. Never once been served it this way. I said something to server and a lady came & told me Brisket was always done this way because it falls apart. I guess they think cheeseheads never travel or get the Food Channel. IT was smoked meat, but didn’t have texture I prefer. The red Potato Sal;ad was totaly bland, with no celery nor pickle, just boiled egg & potato and I think ranch dressing. Needed salt, and some crunch. Unlike the Madison Dining reviewer I wanted a little kick in the Pinto Beans, maybe a few diced chiles, or onion or something. Wifes Cole Slaw was also totally bland, neither creamy or tangy. Bland seemed to be the theme. And no Sweet Potato or Lemon Pie, or Stubb’s famous Bananna Pudding. But we will go back and try the Turkey and Ribs. Unfortunately, I don’t have high hopes for this place, a lot of Square Footage for a BBQ place. They probably should have leased the old Taco Johns just up the street.


    We went to Wis-Tex tonight and I was really disappointed. I ordered the ribs and they came dry and the only sauce was vineagar based. There was only one sauce. What crisp french fries? Looked like Ore-Ida to me. It is obvious that a lot of work has gone into the place. I will wait for something different or an extra sauce before going back.

  3. Was glad to hear a new restaurant was opening in town. Tried it out…good food when they arn’t busy. DON’T go when there is a crowd, you will have to wait for a table then wait even longer for your food which will probably be wrong when you get it. There are too many people doing the same jobs to get anything done right. The prices are a little high for Stoughton and people arn’t going to wait 45 to 60 minutes for the food to come to the table. Do yourself a favor, if your hungry for BBQ drive a few miles and hit one of the tried and trues in Madison

  4. KatStevens says:

    I have been the to Wis-Tex a several of times and the service has improved tremendously. My favorite is the smoked turkey and their bbq sauce is so delicious. I also recommend the deep fried mushroom.

  5. cody says:

    Went to Wis Tex BBQ last night October 26th 2011 the food was good, nice to finally have a descent BBQ place to go to. But here’s what I noticed, I ordered the beef brisket sanwhich platter with french fries and corn on the cob. First thing is I also ordered wings for an appetizer and they seemed to me to be very cheap wings there was an exceptional ammount of fat on the wings, the sauce was great just not the fatty wings. Second thing the Corn on the cob was very soft and mushy almost like it was boiled and then sat in the water for hours until ordered. Its a BBQ place it should be grilled! Beef brisket was very good and tender A+. But now the french fries were soft and had a hint of raw potato in the middle, I would much rather have krispy fries than soggy. With this review I’m not saying this is a bad restaurant and not to go there I’m reviewing what I ate. Everyone expects different things and likes food prepared differnt ways. Happy eating!

  6. Ris says:

    WIS TEX BBQ was excellent! Great service, great food. The menu is simple but the food is high quality and the portion sizes generous. Let’s keep a good restaurant alive in Stoughton.

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