Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

702 E. Central Ave
Belton, TX 76513

Phone: (254) 939-1151
Hours: Mon - €“Sat 6:30am - 9pm, Sun 10-€“8.

Pitmaster Ronnie Schoepf
Method Mesquite in a direct heat cooker

TMBBQ Rating: 3

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November 6, 2015

If you’ve traveled down I-35 between Waco and Austin, you’ve probably wondered about Schoepf’s. Red billboards in either direction beckon. The name is noticeable if only for its phonetically challenging spelling (they say it “shuffs”). It might also be in your consciousness if you’re a longtime reader of Texas Monthly, which included it in the Top 50 BBQ Joint lists in 1997, 2003, and 2008. If you wonder why it didn’t make it onto the latest one, blame Miller’s Smokehouse…

May 21, 2008

The moment we entered the smoke-filled patio and beheld the meats-a-plenty (brisket, chicken, pork ribs, pork chops, sausage, sirloin, turkey breast, and venison sausage), we knew we were in business. The pitman was patient as we made our exacting selections, then—plop, joy: the tenderest of briskets, the thickest of pork chops, the happiest of bellies.


Comments from our joint finder app.
Just ok. Brisket had no flavor until you put the BBQ sauce on it. Good if you are craving BBQ and Millers BBQ is closed or out.
Scott Callaway @ Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2017-01-11 21:50:44
I can make a meal on their quail in the jalapeno sausage. the brisket had decent flavor with little to no bark and no smoke ring. you want to use the BBQ sauce which is pretty good
FatMatt00 @ Schoepf?s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2015-12-16 12:49:01
Meh. Brisket tasted like roast beef with a soggy fat cap, no bark. Ribs were meaty with nice flavor...still no bark, though.
Adam Murray @ Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2015-08-06 17:13:50
Thought I would give it a try as mixed reviews. Well.....brisket is very chewy which is strange as it was moist. No smoke ring but peppered correctly. A bit salty as others have said. Sauce has good flavor and was needed but it is very vinegary best part of meal are sides. Mac and cheese and cole slaw spot on. Too bad. 2/5 for meat. 5/5 for sides.
Terry r @ Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2015-04-17 18:40:53
Go straight to the venison sausage ad the quail, conventional BBQ (brisket, ribs) less than average, and the sound of a electric knife pisses me off, it means money is greater than meat.
@ Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2015-02-25 00:10:29
Schoepf's - Belton Not top 50, but I'd been to Millers so I figured I give it a try. Fantastic place. You enter in the pit room and order off the pit like at Coopers (most notably). The dining area and bar addition are new, but with an old school BBQ joint feel. Brisket - moist and tender, but held together. Great flavor with just a smidge too much salt. Jalapeño cheese sausage doesn't have too much jalapeño, just enough for great flavor. Pretty standard, but I liked it. Ribs were tough and dry, though full disclosure I got there at 2pm. Didn't have much flavor, either. Overall - I like this place. It's not super special, but solid. Brisket was good, ribs weren't as much. I say a solid B-.
Scott Jarvis @ Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2014-11-13 20:13:29
Consistently awesome! Brisket is always tender and moist, though I'd rather they not cut off the tasty ends and edges. Sides are always delish... And the jalepeno sausage is awesome. Can never go wrong with Schoepf's.
dirkelps @ Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2014-09-20 17:25:43
Liked the open pit full of meat to choose from. Lots of options and all had plenty of flavor and liked the vinegar based sauce.
Gabe sheffy @ Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2014-08-19 14:31:44
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March 31, 2009

A few months ago Schoepf’s added on a new room in the back, and a new entry where you can now order your food inside rather than in the out-of-doors. I ordered brisket, ribs, and a pork chop.

The brisket had the same roast-beefiness as it did on my last visit, but this time the slices had no crust, and therefore no real smoky flavor. The ribs had plenty of flavor from the heavy salt and pepper rub, but the meat had dried out and was a bit tough. The black pepper was also evident on the pork chop. This meat was juicy and tender with so much smokiness throughout the meat, it made me wonder if they were smoked alongside the brisket at all. I would return again if only for these excellent chops.

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



    Anonymous says:

    as far as a place that cook other things,there is one place that is a must that has some of the best ribs and slaw there is,and your can have a catfish chaser,is called the hashknife bbq,he will prove your theory is wrong,oh yea,your such an expert at judging everyone,how is your cooking? says:

    I have to agree with the review. They do have some good – but not great ‘cue. It is nothing to write home about.
    One of the problems with their brisket is they have a minimum wage guy hacking away at the fat and smokey layer on the brisket and throwing it in the trash. They have also are hurting themselve by offering anything you can cook on a pit. They should pick some of the things they are good at and stick to it. The atmosphere is good but the food is just so-so. If you are passing through Belton it is a decent place to eat. I live here but only eat there about every 2-3 months.
    I am a Texas native and know good Bar-b-que when I eat it.

    Anonymous says:

    The reality is that the best “meat” at this place is the chicken. I have had the brisket, pork chops, and sausage. The bird is where it’s at.

    Anonymous says:

    Belton, TX is SOUTH of Waco, TX, in case anyone goes looking…

    Anonymous says:

    I found this place on accident one day when I got a flat tire, and what a treat it was! This was some of the best slaw I have eaten, a definite must order. I have not had the chicken, so I can’t account for that, and I don’t remember much about the beef, but the pork chop was super fantastic. I would stop in again for the slaw and chops.

    PM Summer says:

    Ribs good. Brisket awful, REALLY awful. Side good. Jalapeno Sausage good.

    Did I mention that the brisket was awful? Gray domino-cut tiles of roast beef.

    ckey says:

    After a three hour meeting in Killeen on automatic temperture controls I was looking for a late lunch, DQ right now or wait thirty for Schoepf’s. It was not worth the wait. The brikset had no smoke. Stringy roast beef and sauce didn’t help it. Venision sausage was overdone, proably from holding over since morning. Cole Slaw was good but a Country Basket would have been better overall.

    Anonymous says:

    I live up the road, have been here multiple times. Brisket’s okay – I get some to make into sandwiches occasionally. It’s juicy, but not that flavorful.

    The thing I love about this place is their smoked turkey breast and their venison sausage. I load up on these when I go. That and the cheesy potatoes. Good stuff.

    Anonymous says:

    love it…. will always come here and would recommend friends also

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