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

 

 

 

 

 

Bartley’s Barbecue, Grapevine, Texas

By husband calls me a “foodie”, as I am always on the lookout for the next great restaurant to try.  For a while, I was obsessed with all the food trucks popping up in Dallas, but then my tastes moved on to barbecue.  I was searching around the Internet for the top barbecue places in Texas, and Bartley’s Barbecue kept coming up.  It is in Grapevine, not that far away from where we lived, so I convinced my husband one Saturday and we were off to try it for ourselves.

I must say that the place isn’t impressive on the outside, but the smells inside will soon make you forget all about that.  The service is friendly, and the menu is vast for a barbecue place.  They had things like Cajun turkey, fried catfish and giant baked potatoes on the menu.  I went for the old stand bys, however, as I normally do my first time eating at a new place.  I tried the ribs, brisket, hot links and chicken. Continue reading

Capital Q BBQ in Galveston, Texas

I vacation in Galveston, Texas once a year and during my vacation I “cheat” on my diet. It’s a wonderful feeling after going most of the week eating salad and veggies (dripping in Cajun seasoning of course) So when I’m vacationing that means dessert and that means steak and sauce! Of course, Galveston is known for its seafood, but the last time I went, I was craving authentic Texas BBQ.

So i figured I’d try to get a free hat and submit this review to thetexasbbqguide.com, hint hint, I really like hats. First things first, the place was very crowded and it felt tight. I was actually afraid we were going to get turned away, or have to sit outside. I’m not a big fan of outside dinner parties. Sometimes when I have to sit outside the meat gets a few degrees colder and it can ruin the entire meal. Thankfully, we did get a good inside table. So no worries on temperature. Hot and yet edible, not too fiery. Continue reading