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Mumphord’s Place BBQ

This is “cowboy-style” barbecue, where the wood is burned to coals, then transferred to large metal pits in which the meat is placed on grates set about four feet directly above the heat. It’s a tricky method. The meat cooks fast—eight hours for the brisket, two for the ribs—so you’re unlikely to find the tenderness and smokiness you get from an indirect-heat pit. But the flavor is good, and in a part of the state where quality ’cue of any kind is scarce, Mumphord’s does a better than decent job. In fact, customers come from miles around to tuck into 30 to 35 briskets a day, more on the weekends. With a mesquite bite mellowed out by oak smoke, the brisket comes off reasonably moist. The pork ribs go quick, but the coarsely grained pork and beef sausage, mildly flavored, with a nice snap to the casing, is a decent substitute. Those in the know order sliced pork shoulder and turkey breast, and the staff always recommends the crisp garlic-buttery green beans. Take their advice. And be sure to stick around for a while, because part of the fun is being there, in the room with its red-checked tablecloths, sports photos, trophies, cow skulls, an ancient icebox, a sword, old firearms and cameras, beer cans, and heaven knows what else.

City: Victoria

Cuisine:

Method: Mesquite and oak; direct-heat pit

Pitmaster: Ricky Mumphord; Keith Mumphord; Bubba Barnes; Ernest Rucker

Pro-tip: The chocolate cake with cream cheese icing is made by a local church lady. And it's divine.

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1202 E. Juan Linn, Victoria, TX, 77901

Hours: Tue-€“Thur 11-€“7, Fri 11-€“8, Sat 11-€“6

Phone: 361-485-1112

Year Opened: 2000

Last updated: May 3, 2013

Reviews

  • David Mason

    We stopped by Mumphord’s on our way home from Corpus Christi. Really nice people there. I had the rib, sausage and sliced brisket plate with beans and potato salad. The brisket was moist and tender, but not a lot of smoke flavor. The ribs to me were average and the sausage a little above average. Sauce and potato salad were a little sweet to my liking, but the place was very busy, so I must be in the minority on that. Worth a stop if you are in the area.