208 S. Commerce
208 S. Commerce
Fire is hypnotic. Staring into it can be mesmerizing and may even alter your state of mind. Take the fire at Smitty’s Market for example. Just inside the back door, which is really the primary entrance, an open fire is the first thing you encounter. The flames lick their way beyond the edge of a towering brick wall. Beyond the wall, the space opens up into a large room with meat-filled brick pits. At a…
Smitty’s is just too good to dock it a star based on one mediocre visit, but this last one wasn’t up to the level I’m used to at Smitty’s. [After some poignant review of the last few visits, I must reconsider the high rating of five stars. Of four visits, three have been mediocre, including the last two. This is not a streak worthy of such a high rating.] While the sausage was well smoked…
Don’t bother going in the front door. You’ll end up in the parking lot behind the boxy brick building anyway, doing the Smitty’s shuffle: At peak hours, the lines invariably stretch out the back door. Patiently, you inch your way forward, passing the waist-high brick pits and perusing the list of post oak–smoked meats (brisket, pork ribs and chops, shoulder clod, sausage, prime rib). Salivating, you finally place your order for a pound or so…
Wonderful brisket with flavorful crust. No sauce needed. Will pass on the pork ribs and sausage next time. Ask for saltine crackers instead of white bread. Ok sides. Awesome atmosphere.
Not a fan of the sausage but everything else is great. This is a place for the BBQ traditionalist just salt, pepper meat and smoke. They now have BBQ sauce but I was good without it. If you want to try something different get the smoked pork chops, but you will need to share it with a friend if you want to try everything else.
Too early for everything except sausage - but is was damn good sausage
Was here on Thursday as part of the Lockhart tour and would have to say I was a bit disappointed. I have been here before and enjoyed the food, today the moist brisket was dry and with little flavor. The sausage was a disappointment also. I am sure everyone is entitled to an off day
I don't know what happened... we went through on a Sunday a few weeks back. walking in is a treat because you are literally right next to the fire and you will definitely leave smelling heavenly! however, the meat was a different story. we got brisket and ribs and although moist, there was no real flavor of any kind. we also tried the prime rib, but again, no flavor. we had.l just been to Black's, which was amazing, so this was kind of a disappointment. we'll try again, everyone has their days...
Love this place, sausage is perfect as the old nostalgic feel to the place is something that I can't get enough of!
One of the top five barbecue places in Texas
Excellent brisket, flavorful and great tenderness.
Something about watching a man in a grease stained white jacket and a large knife portioning out my lunch, makes me crave it even more with every slice. Service is curt and efficient at this Lockhart legend, but the only niceties I need were piled on that butcher paper.
An order of fatty brisket, lean shoulder clod, ribs, sausage and a large pork chop were tantalizing atop the greasy butcher paper. The sweet glaze on the ribs adds a great flavor to the meat, but the smokiness was missing. The fatty brisket had too much unrendered fat, but the flavor from the rub was great. The smokiness was better than the ribs, so it surprised me that the shoulder clod was missing the smoke factor. It was good enough, but not to the level that I’ve come to expect from Smitty’s.
The pork chop and the sausage were the best. The sausage was fatty with a good snap, and a great smoky flavor, while the pork chop was equally good. It could have been a little more moist, but the delicious crust made up for it.
On our way out we noticed this older man taking a smoke break in this historic corridor, and something about the picture just oozes Smitty’s.
While they didn’t get the coveted sixth star, this is still a must on any BBQ trip in this region, and I fully expect them to come back into exemplary form on my next visit.
(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)