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1848 BBQ

Abraham Avila has been very much missed since he shut the doors at Wild Blue Barbecue and disappeared from the scene. But now he’s back, keeping it simple in an old office building with a large covered patio. His brisket, pulled pork, and ribs were executed perfectly, with well-rendered fat and a subtle smoke flavor from oak imported from the Hill Country. But the sides are where Avila’s culinary pedigree shines. We loved his cold broccoli salad with cranberries, red onion, and almonds and his potato salad with semi-whipped potatoes (think creamy lumpy mashed potatoes). No dessert on the menu, but the super-moist corn bread pudding is better than cake!

City: Brownsville


Method: Live oak and mesquite in an offset smoker

Pitmaster: Abraham Avila

Drinks: No bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 5 Avalon Dr., Brownsville, TX, 78520

Hours: Tues-W 11-4, Thur-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-3

Phone: 956-504-1848

Website: www.1848bbq.com

Year Opened: 2016

Last updated: March 2, 2017