City Market

109 Kessler
Schulenburg, TX 78956

Phone: (979) 743-3440
Hours: Sat 8-2
Website: www.citymarketsch.com

Opened 1944
Method Gas-fired Rotisserie and Brick Pits with Oak

TMBBQ Rating: 4

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Comments from our joint finder app.
Stopped in on a weekday at 12:40 & was immersed in the "you're at a GREAT Texas BBQ joint" feeling immediately. Cars parked up and down the street (like it seems to be a most great places there is little parking). I saw some outside picnic tables with people from all walks of life talking and eating. I made it inside and found about 4 tables and not too bad of a line. The lady taking orders (& everyone else) were super friendly. I felt like a regular. I ordered the 3 meat and a table opened up so I ate there inside. The line came by my table so I was able to tell from the talk all the first timers who were in line. The returners were giving them pointers on what sausage, ribs & sides to pick. I got moist brisket which had a black bark and plenty of smoke. Great flavor and unlike some have said it had a good salty taste. The spicy sausage looked dry but I was surprised at how tender and good it was. It snapped when you ate it and had an excellent flavor. The ribs I got were St Louis style and although the meat was firm it would pull off the bone in one big delicious piece. I am definitely becoming a rib man. It had a pretty pink ring and was moist was a brisket rub kind of flavor. I don't line multi meat plates. I'd rather get more of 1 or 2 meats but at Gatlin's I don't know what meat I'd eliminate. I ordered it to go so I could take the left overs but there were none! My choice for BBQ in Houston.
Hank Mangum @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2014-04-18 08:37:56
pretty darn good
rgv @ Longoria’s BBQ, 2014-04-17 13:51:33
Simple, great sandwiches and plates, beef is tender and perfectly cooked. Fresh, crisp cole slaw and great tater salad. Beautiful Texan place with a handful of small tables on the porch and some more in the yard out front. Been there twice, and will return. Perfect for a lunch when out bicycling!
Trond Smestad @ Pop’s Pit BBQ, 2014-04-17 13:43:34
Pound of ribs they were perfection beans and tater salad
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2014-04-16 14:07:00
Place is closed...thank god
Brad Golub @ Duke’s Smokehouse, 2014-04-15 20:28:17
Still the best in Lockhart and second best in central Texas.
Brad Golub @ Black’s Barbecue, 2014-04-15 11:35:24
Fantastic Beef Rib and Beef Brisket
Omar Lemus @ Black’s Barbecue, 2014-04-14 16:29:35
It saddens me to hear the words brisket and bbq sauce in the same sentence.
Larry Broome @ , 2014-04-13 20:21:27
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Review

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January 7, 2014

If I had it my way, City Market in Schulenburg would have a warning sign on their barbecue menu: “Pit in use only on Saturday, microwaves the rest of the week.” You see, first and foremost this is a meat market. Making sausage (including weiners) is their biggest business, on the order of five tons per week. Barbecue is secondary, except on Saturday.

It had been almost three years since my last visit, which was thankfully on a Saturday. The barbecue then was excellent, and my review was positive. Since then I’ve gotten plenty of feedback both positive and negative from other visitors. The strongest opinion came on a Monday:

 

The tweeter confirmed that the meat had come via the microwave. He had ordered his barbecue inside the meat market, and never glimpsed the pits.

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The pit room, open only on Saturdays

Last week I stopped in at City Market – again on a Saturday – during a road trip between Houston and San Antonio. Pat was working the brick pits through the side door in a dark room full of the smells of roasting meat and oak smoke. All the meats were taken fresh from the pit and cut on the block by Pat. It was a great meal, and I said so via Twitter. Ten months later, the wound was still fresh:

 

That is precisely why my proposed warning sign would be beneficial. Barbecue grudges die hard with some, and bad microwaved meat is hard to forget. Lucky for me, my visit last week wasn’t on a microwave day. Pat confirmed that they smoke everything for the week on Saturday morning. If you want fresh barbecue there you’ve got to come in between 8:00 and 2:00. Make your travel plans accordingly. Another reason to stop in then is to get a taste of their 50/50 pork and beef sausage (the links in the case are 80/20 pork to beef) which is only served at the market on Saturday. It was juicy, garlicky, and delicious. So was the rest of it.

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The bark on the pork ribs

A rub of black pepper, salt, paprika, and cayenne is used for everything. Pork ribs were coated heavily and were good and smoky. The meat was tender and moist and came away from the bone nicely. Pork steaks were also available, and their flavor rivals that of Snow’s. Again, the pepper was heavy, but less dominant than on the ribs. Brisket had the same great flavors, but the meat was still tough and the fat poorly rendered. A better option, and preferred by Pat, was the smoked sirloin. A tender cut already, it doesn’t need the extremely long cooking time of brisket, and the meat was still plenty juicy. You can also get chicken and turkey breast, but I saved those for a return visit – on a Saturday.

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L-R Pork Steak, Pork Ribs, Brisket, Sirloin

I say all of this with the knowledge of the other secret here at the City Market in Schulenburg. Beyond the pit room through the double doors is a clean room where the sausage is made, and beyond that is another room with a gas-fired rotisserie pit that also burns oak. It’s an industrial model with a brand name that I couldn’t find, and was built into the wall. Another man was scrubbing every inch of it since its work for the week was done. Those twin bricks pits in the cutting room out front are used only for the last few hours of smoking for the briskets, and serve only as warmers for the rest of the meats. I would have felt duped if I hadn’t been so full of good barbecue.

Comments

  • JW Green

    Thanks for the critical info at the end…I was thinking about a Sat road trip but now know better

  • Kimberley Bretting

    I love the City meat market the people there are very friendly and well liked and the BBQ there is very good ,my favorite is the chicken ,they take pride in there meats and it is so good.