Mack’s Split Rail Bar-B-Que

201 Greenville Ave.
Mineola, TX 75773

Phone: (903) 569-9750
Hours: Tues-Thu 11-8, F-Sat 11-8:30

Opened 1989
Pitmaster Shane Creech
Method Hickory in a wood-fired rotisserie

TMBBQ Rating: 1.5

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Excellent Wagyu Beef Belly
David Monasmith @ Lockhart Smokehouse, 2015-03-05 01:09:45
Had a sliced and a salami both awesome best in ft worth by far
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2015-03-04 23:28:06
I had a feeling walking up to the place I was in store for a great meal. (The sweet smell of the smoker surrounding the restaurant). My brisket was smoked to perfection. Just moist enough, & had a nice pink ring. I also had the Mac & Cheese which was a nice side too. I have to get back for the other items on the menu that I didn't have time for today.
Joe Ashbaugh @ Hard Eight Pit Bar-B-Q, 2015-03-04 19:21:49
Had two chopped and a bolo all good
doug_wallace @ Sammie’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-03-04 06:01:08
This place is a top five for food quality, certainly the best in Dallas.
@ Lockhart Smokehouse, 2015-03-02 19:20:11
Had the Brunswick stew and a sausage sandwich soup was off but sausage was good
doug_wallace @ Red Hot & Blue, 2015-03-02 15:35:15
Everything is great here, Buzzie has a hits sauce that bill burn your ass...I bought a rack of ribs to go.
@ Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-02-28 22:13:38
This place is delightful change up for Texas Cue, I liked the brisket the best out of turkey and pulled pork.
@ The Granary ’Cue and Brew, 2015-02-27 21:58:52
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Review

Mack's Split Rail BBQ 01

May 20, 2014

In Wyatt McSpadden’s book Texas BBQ from 2009 there are two evocative early-morning photos of the tall smokestack at Mack’s Split Rail Bar-B-Que in Mineola. Other than these photos, I hadn’t seen or heard much about the place and wondered if maybe it had closed. On a trip to Tyler for a barbecue festival, I took the long way from Dallas through Mineola, and I found Mack’s very much open for business at the corner of Highways 69 and 37.

The old smokestack looked just like McSpadden’s photo (my photo below is a poor re-creation of his scenes), minus the rolling smoke. It was about noon and evidently the smoking for the day was through.

Mack's Split Rail BBQ 02

The smokestack at Mack’s

Possibly, the smoker hadn’t even been lit that day. Both the brisket and ribs were less than fresh, and both had the wan hue of baked meat. A pale pink line had seeped along the sad slices of beef. As I chewed, the meat just seemed to grow in my mouth. I needed a few sips of iced tea just to get it down. Now wary, a smaller bite from the rib was all I needed to confirm the visual. I set aside the mostly intact rib and pondered the tragic fact that an animal died for this. Hopefully there were some good chops and ribeyes on plates elsewhere in East Texas.

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A BBQ Platter at Mack’s

Once beyond the barbecue, the rest of the plate was fantastic. I happily got my fill of hand-breaded fried okra dipped in a tangy sauce. The homemade potato salad was tart with dill pickle, and the pickled green tomatoes were a nice option outside of the standard dill chips. Even the golden Texas toast had me coming back for more. I could have made a meal out of sides, but that’s not really the point. Although temptingly prominent on the menu, I didn’t try the fried shrimp or catfish and I skipped the crawfish étouffée. Those might be the best options here because it’s evident from the sides that someone on staff knows how to cook. It’s the smoking that seems to be the challenge.

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