The Smoliks are no doubt an important family in the history of Texas barbecue. A big part of that history revolves around the family’s Czech sausage recipe, and there’s a reason. It’s fantastic. Beef and pork is mixed with black pepper and plenty of garlic, then smoked over hickory. The casing have a great snap and the links are ridiculously juicy without being oily. Over a century of sausage makers in the family will get you results like this. And what, in particular, made this a Czech a sausage? “A Czech made it,” the staff replied.
Method: Gas-fired Rotisserie with Mesquite
Pitmaster: Mike Smolik
Always seeking a route away from the interstate, I found myself driving the back way into Mathis, Texas on FM 666. When I saw that the state had failed to skip that number when naming farm-to-market roads I just had to take it. It was a humorous detour until I was a few miles south …