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Dining Guide

Cele Store

Call up and make a dinner date with Leslie the pitmaster, who claimes to have been employed at this farming community’s historic general store since the ripe age of two – albeit not always tending the fire. He smokes only enough meat for guests who have made the requisite reservations, so plan accordingly. With the cooler full of cold beer and various aging sundries on the shelves (and an entire table of machine parts), the stores itself has had a supporting role in a few feature films. But it’s really the butcher papre loaded with chuncks of sausage (with the snap of natural casing), thick slices of superlative brisket, and baby back ribs that are sweet from nothing more than the alchemy of smoke and pork that keeps this place on the map. Beer.

City: Manor


Method: Oak in an offset smoker

Pitmaster: Mike Randig

Price: $

Rating: ★★★

Address: 18726 Cameron Rd, Manor, TX, 78653

Hours: Thur 5-11, F 11-2pm & 5-12am (reservations required), Sat 11-2

Phone: (512) 869-9340

Website: www.celestore.com

Year Opened: 1953

Last updated: May 3, 2013


  • rl reevesjr

    They don’t mind if you bring your own sides. On our last visit we brought a pot of pinto beans and shared them with other patrons.

  • Clever_eater

    Can’t wait to try the baby back ribs! And I’m getting my brisket sliced.

  • Ken

    It’s no wonder why many of these BBQ joints have fires. Their BBQ may be good, but the place is disaster waiting to happen judging by the photo. As much as I and others hate over-regulating businesses, sometimes it just needs to be done.