The Mecca Has Been Found!! City Market, Luling!!!!

City Market, Luling                                                                  

What a great experience!! Right when I walked through these sacred doors of BBQ I realized I was somewhere special. As I was waiting in line to get into the separated pit room and order all I could do is take in the smells and visual delicacies that the people who already had their food were showing off. I’m not kidding when I say this but the dining room and pit room were perfect. Take Smitty’s pit room and combine it with Louie Mueller’s dining room and there you have it. Everyone seemed excited to be spending their Saturday night at City Market, and I was about to find out why. I was minutes away from BBQ perfection. I was minutes away from accomplishing what I have been searching for since I was 9 years old. So let’s get to my reviews because I have never written one like this. City Market is like getting a hole in one on a par 4, it is more than one of a kind…….

 

Pork Ribs

I couldn’t even give myself a second to sit down after carrying my sausage and ribs back to my table wrapped in butcher table with a simple onion. I took my first bite of the pork rib and the clouds in heaven parted and angels sung. This was it. I’ve been searching for this moment since I was 9 years old in Fort Worth. “The best rib ever? Where is it,” I would ask myself. Well 34 years later and I have found it and City Market in Luling is the answer to my Texas BBQ prayers. These are the holy grail of ribs. Salty & tangy all at the same time, while the tenderness of the meat falls off the bone. Pork ribs are my favorite form of BBQ, and these are the best I’ve ever had,and I’ve had a lot!!

5/5

Hot Sausage


OK so now I’m ready for the letdown, the ribs were perfect so the sausage can’t be right? WRONG! City Market just kept producing mouth watering experiences and the sausage was Excellent!! All beef sausage with a crispy  pork casing. The crunch was perfect and the taste and texture was amazing. I’m blown away at this point with Luling city market. I really mean it, BLOWN AWAY! I love my local BBQ joints in Cowtown and really didn’t think it could THAT much better, but wow, can it ever.

As a side note the BBQ sauce here was also extroidinary. It complimented a bite of sausage and raw onion perfectly.

 

This is the first time I have ever given this kind of rating and as I do, I literally beg you as a fellow BBQ lover and Texas BBQ Guide reader to visit City Market as soon as you can. It should always be on every BBQ lovers bucket list if you dont live real close, but I would recommend a road trip any day of the week to experience this perfection. I’m giving  City Market 5/5 stars and declaring it the best ribs and sausage I’ve ever had. I couldn’t stop eating & so I decided I’d make a trip back to taste the brisket. This place has given me a full stomach and permanent BBQ smile.

I sincerely thank you City Market. What you do, you do amazing.
Overall Rating
5/5

 

 

 

Buzzies-Kerrville

Buzzies ribs had dry decent flavor. You have to work them a little to get the meat off the bone. Rub is seasoned well and not over applied but overall just so/so. 

2.5/5
2.75/5 with sauce

Jalapeño sausage

Very good crusty pop and pretty good distribution of meat, cheese, & jalapeño. I liked the crunch but the flavor could have been deemed on the  bland side, even with the jalapeño bite. Mix this with Buzzies BBQ sauce though and you have a real winner. I usually don’t judge with BBQ sauce but for Buzzies I will because I liked the sauce so much.

3/5 stars
3.75/5 with sauce

Brisket
Great moisture, good blackened crust, lack of smoke flavor. They smoke with oak at Buzzies and I feel the smoke flavor was a little understated. The texture was almost perfect and with the BBQ sauce (I’m laughing as I write this because of my usual disdain for BBQ sauces making the BBQ) popping some flavor onto the meat. I would recommend the brisket if your in the area with generous amounts of the sauce.

3/5 stars
3.75/5 with sauce

Bbq sauce
4/5
Actually pretty perfect. Just perfect amount of sweetness & spice. This sauce really turned the meal around. I was disappointed in the flavors of the meats even the sausage with jalapeños but the sauce was amazing & turned the experience around.

Strawberry cobbler
Amazing!! Amazing desert perfect blend of sweetness and utterly delicious.
5/5

Peach cobbler
Not as good as the strawberry but classic and sweet. But still 4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

Colter’s BBQ in Downtown Dallas

I always remembered the name Colter’s, because I remember their TV commercials growing up. But I never actually ate at Colter’s until recently. When the family and I went to celebrate a cousin’s graduation, we decided to go to Colter’s and taste real Texas BBQ.

Well, it wasn’t quite “real BBQ” in the true sense of the word. That’s not to say that it was a bad experience, I just wasn’t overwhelmed. When we went we tried the beef brisket as well as an order of classic ribs and baby back ribs. I also snuck in a few bites of my friend’s pulled pork. Continue reading

Iron Works in Austin, Texas

People always used to tell me that I had an “iron stomach” because I have always liked a “challenge” when it comes to eating. I eat whole lobster, snow crab claws and whole fish. Whenever there’s an all you can eat challenge, I always win it. Well, the “Iron Stomach” (and his wife and son) went to the Iron Works in Austin back in November to get a taste of what was supposedly Austin’s best BBQ. I liked their message of “real BBQ” and they like to say they’re the Number #1 BBQ restaurant in Texas so I went in with big expectations.

Right off the bat it’s a very “country environment” here. It’s a bit restrained too…no “heart attack burgers” or giant 72-ounce steak “eat it all and get it free” deals. I ordered the sampler, while my wife and son split an order of baby back ribs. I wanted to try it all and I was not disappointed. I tried brisket, links and beef ribs with plenty of steaming hot sides. I really liked the links and the ribs were excellent. The only criticism I can think to say as that the brisket was a little dry. I sampled some chili and pinto beans and they were pretty good. Continue reading