City Meat Market

101 W. Austin
Giddings, TX 78942

Phone: 979-542-2740
Hours: Mon–Fri 7:30–5:30, Sat 7:30–4

Opened 1941
Pitmaster Gerald Birkelbach (since 1982)
Method Post oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip For a living history lesson, just sit quietly and watch the old-timers.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.25

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50


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I was sorta shocked that they kept the brisket under some water before slicing but overall not as tender I I believe brisket should be. The ribs were incredible and I loved the old time feel of the place. The sausage was a little too dry for me. I would give this place 3.5 stars. No sides either, only had potato salad. Despite all that, I would say that they are priced very well and you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Izzy Garza @ City Meat Market, 2014-03-30 22:05:03
Brisket not special, sitting in water pan. Pork was fantastic, though. Come for the atmosphere and try the pork.
Scott Jarvis @ City Meat Market, 2014-01-29 13:18:35
Giving 4 stars for the great sausage. Love the funky atmosphere here and retail products. The brisket- not so much, chewy and little salty.
Larry Broome @ City Meat Market, 2014-01-18 16:04:54
Left Snows to come here. Brisket moist was not as tender as I thought it would be. The sausage was excellent thought, not greasy, full of flavor.
Hank Mangum @ City Meat Market, 2014-01-04 10:32:35
Brisket mostly gone by 3:00. Not fair to judge the scraps. Ribs were very nice. Great people. Will try again earlier in the day.
pablobbq @ City Meat Market, 2013-11-24 18:16:12
Very good ribs and links. The brisket is tasty but a little dry. Colorful and charming little store. Worth a stop if in the area.
George Caflisch @ City Meat Market, 2013-11-23 15:02:19
Great crew, good food.
Robert Lerma @ City Meat Market, 2013-07-14 21:33:53
Gerald literally does everything in BBQ. Texas history here.
Robert Lerma @ City Meat Market, 2013-06-28 18:59:43
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May 15, 2013

A welcome landmark on U.S. 290 between Austin and Houston is the boxy brick building of City Meat Market, in Giddings. The red painted sign reads “Bar-B-Q and Sausage”—sausage being one of their specialties. Walk through the main room, with its high ceilings, two rows of tables covered in plastic Christmas tablecloths (we last visited in late January), and aged cream-colored walls, and into the sooty back room, where you can order the famous links (80…

January 22, 2011

You may remember from the first review that City Meat Market, in Giddings, makes their own sausage for the market as well as providing it to Snow’s. After trying it at Snow’,s we wanted a good comparison of not only the sausage but the brisket as well. I enjoyed my first trip here enough to give it four stars, and they were kind enough to display the certificate I sent right next to their mention…

May 16, 2009

Thousands of drivers a day pass through Giddings along Texas Highway 290 on their way between Austin and Houston. They would all do themselves a favor if they stopped right in the center of town to sample the fine meats smoked at City Meat Market. This is a true meat market with cases full of steaks, ground beef, and sausage right inside the door. Walking back beyond the cases and through the small dining area,…

May 21, 2008

This friendly shop with blackened walls has been going strong for more than sixty years, and the locals swear by it. Though the brisket was average the day we went, everything else was excellent—pork, sausage, and chicken, all smoked with post oak in an iron-lined and tile-covered brick pit.