The smoke room at City Market is worthy of a barbecue-lover’s bucket list. Tucked inconspicuously in the back right-hand corner of the building, its dark windows don’t let on about the meat magic happening behind them, but, boy, is it. The brisket on a recent visit was moist and flavorful, boasting a smoky, semisweet aftertaste (no assistance needed from the excellent mustardy sauce). And to our delight, the pork ribs were just as we’d remembered, with meat that let go of the bone when we bit into its sweet and salty crust. The sausage’s snap was almost audible at a distance, with an equally impressive pink interior that was juicy and pleasantly coarse.
Method: Post oak; indirect-heat pit; gas-fired smoker
Pitmaster: Joe Capello Sr. (since 1970)
Pro-tip: Take home some sauce. Cash only.
Address: 633 E. Davis, Luling, TX, 78648
Hours: Mon-Sat 7-6
Year Opened: 1958
Last updated: May 3, 2013
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