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Gonzales Food Market

2009: Pass through the glass door and you’ll hear a hum of activity as you walk toward the large glass cases that display the plethora of smoked meats available. Behind the counter to take your order will most likely be Richard Lopez, the third generation owner. I ordered a plate of sliced brisket, spare ribs, and sausage. A crispy, almost candy crust coated the brisket. The texture was as if the meat had dried out, but these slices were perfectly moist and tender with rendered fat. The crust’s flavor was also smoky, as was each slice from top to bottom. The ribs were equally as good, if not as complex. There was little rub, but the wonderfully smoky flavor ran through the moist and tender meat. The sausage was run-down-your-chin juicy (fatty), with lingering heat not reminiscent of anything else in the area. The meat had a fine grind, and the casings had good snap.

City: Gonzales


Rating: ★★★★

Address: 311 Saint Lawrence, Gonzales, TX, 78629

Hours: Open Mon-€“Sat 8-€“7. Closed Sun.

Phone: 830-672-3156

Website: gonzalesfoodmarket.net

Last updated: May 3, 2013


  • I am from Shiner, Texas which is 18 miles south south west (I think off the top of my head) from Gonzales. I LOVE the sausage from Gonzales Meat Market and everytime we visit my folks we have to make a side trip to get some sausage! It’s that good! There is a bar b que joint here on the South Side of Fort Worth, Longoria’s that has just about the same type of sausage, they are originally from Gonzales. But they just don’t have the sauce, that’s what really makes the sausage even better. I am going to have to take a trip pretty soon. Oh yeah, East Texas Hot Links come pretty close but not quite there.Maria Juarez

  • My son and I visited the Gonzales Meat Market last Saturday and thought it was the worst BBQ we had ever eaten. We had been to Luling City Market earlier in the day and have made 2 trips to Lockhart this summer. We ordered the lamb ribs, pork ribs and brisket. The lamb ribs were a chaw of fat, the pork ribs had absolutely no flavor and the brisket was roast beef in flavor. I have made over 25 BBQ trips since April and am all about 2nd chances, but Gonzales will probably not be one of them.gcue