Maywald’s Sisterdale Smokehouse

1123 FM 1376 (at FM 473)
Sisterdale, TX 78006

Phone: 830-324-6858
Hours: Every other Sat & Sun 11-7
Website: sisterdalesmokehouse.com

Pitmaster John Maywald

TMBBQ Rating: 4

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2 sliced beef sandwiches both good smokey and moist love there sauce
doug_wallace @ Sammie’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-12-22 17:05:20
Best holiday gift EVER! An amazing BBQ experience at Franklins with my loved ones. May each of you on the list enjoy the peace and joy of the season. Remember: Sharing is Caring.... So take a friend and try some great Texas BBQ.
Ruth Ann Few @ , 2014-12-21 14:19:20
Made a quick trip from SA to check on this place. Brisket solid albeit inconsistent. Pork ribs were good; sausage and potato salad okay. Overall solid Q place to stop by if you're driving on I-35.
Rahul Yaratha @ Cowpokes Texas Style Bar-B-Que, 2014-12-19 19:10:58
Famous Dave's tukwilla Washington this was closest place had the burnt ends it was like stir fried but pretty good the hot link was terrible cold and some kind of weird meat
doug_wallace @ Mr. K’s BBQ, 2014-12-18 00:43:44
Great ribs fall of the bone with a bite. Brisket was dry hard chewy.
Rudy Rodriguez @ Baker’s Ribs, 2014-12-17 02:15:19
I only had brisket and sausage, but it was very good. It is now on my repeat visit list. Brisket: flavorful bark, very moist and tender and excellent flavor. Jalapeño sausage: good snap, consistency and flavor. I would like it even more if it was a little more spicy.
Jeff Overton @ It’s All Good Bar B Q, 2014-12-14 02:28:17
Brisket - flavorful bark, very moist and tender, and excellent flavor.
Jeff Overton @ It’s All Good Bar B Q, 2014-12-14 02:20:51
Birthday lunch pound of sliced and to regular sausages he gave three ends it was fantastic and had cobbler and ice cream for dessert
doug_wallace @ Louie Mueller Barbecue, 2014-12-13 20:10:00
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Review

February 12, 2012

In 2007, John Maywald had a restaurant building that he couldn’t lease out, and he was more than skeptical about using it to run his own place. After nearly four years of sitting vacant, he decided along with his spouse and some friends to fish rather than cut bait. He hasn’t yet quit his accountant day job since he was used to the grind of the weekend warrior circus that is competition barbecue, but they have some very limited hours (every other Saturday and Sunday, aka: call ahead) that hopefully will change given the stellar smoked meats.

(Photograph by Nicholas McWhirter)

 

An old Oyler pit that he picked up second hand sits within a trailer out back of the joint. Hickory is the only wood that goes in, and what comes out is not the beef broth injected and over-trimmed brisket from the competition circuit. This meat has deep smoke, and perfect meaty texture. The silky soft fat had sucked up any remaining smoke that the brisket missed for an otherworldly flavor. The rub was ingredient laden, but salt and sugar are high on the list, keeping the surface from gumming up. Tender but meaty ribs had the same rub flavor, but with more punch (maybe from MSG). Either way, it was a stellar combo.

(Photograph by Nicholas McWhirter)

 

I had to fish out the lonely link of sausage from under the pile. It was hiding from embarrassment. There was nothing redeeming from this limp precooked link. It was meant for an oblong white bun, not butcher paper. It honestly had me a bit depressed about the plate as a whole until I bit into the chicken. I can say without hyperbole or any self-doubt that this was the finest smoked chicken thigh I have ever consumed. With the chicken, John was just showing off those competition smoking chops. At the judge’s table, nothing is worse than chewy chicken skin or dry meat, but this thigh had a perfectly paper-thin crispy skin that came away cleanly with every bite through the lusciously moist and tender meat. Smoked chicken is not something I’m used to gushing about, but this was poultry nirvana.

Hard to find at the crossing of two small Farm-to-Market roads just a dozen or so miles north of Boerne, this joint is worth seeking out. With some luck and consistent food, this joint may just find themselves open a few more than four days a month, and the pitmaster can finally put down his calculator.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)

Comments

1 Comment

  • Anonymous says:

    You must have been there a day other than the 2 times I visited. Their brisket was dry and not the least bit of competition quality. Yes, the sausage is embarrassing. I want my money back. The beef ribs were sub-grade. I had 2 sausage links and 2 ribs and one coke for $18.00. Not even fair if the food was good.

    You can pass this one up for a year or so until they get their act together.

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