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Snow’s BBQ

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BBQ Snob Rating

4.75

  • Opened

    2003

  • Pitmaster

    Tootsie Tomanetz

  • Method

    Post oak; indirect-heat pit (brisket); direct-heat (everything else)

A small wood-frame restaurant, open only on Saturdays and only from eight in the morning until whenever the meat runs out, usually around noon, Snow’s is remarkable not only for the quality of its ’cue—“outlandishly tender brisket, fall-apart-delicious chicken”—but for the unlikeliness of its story. The genius behind this meat is a petite, energetic woman named Tootsie Tomanetz, who’s been smoking since 1967, when she ran the pits at City Meat Market, in Giddings. She starts the meat smoking at midnight and wraps the brisket in butcher paper around six or seven. When asked why Snow’s wasn’t open more than one day a week, she said matter-of-factly: “There’s no market for it.”

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  • The brisket is so amazingly tender and tasteful, I cannot decide if I want the BBQ sauce on it or not! We always look forward to making the trip out to Snow’s and are never disappointed.