And to think it only took 30 years for me to find it.
If you are in the mood for smoked meats, forget any other place in the region and get thee to The Smoking Pig on 4th Street in San Jose. Totally kickass!
Having had so much totally crappy brisket in California as both a 2-time resident and a visitor, I asked my waitress for a taste, from the wet end, before ordering. I could tell by looking at the small slice she brought me that I had found the right place.
EVERYTHING is homemade and superb. I went with a brisket and hot links plate. The 2 links were huge and nicely spiced. Both the traditional sweet red and mustard sauces were spot on. Same for the cooked greens and cole slaw.
And I could not resist ordering Wolf Turds when I saw them on the menu. Whole jalapeños, stuffed with a ground sausage and cheese mixture, wrapped in a slice of bacon and smoked. Way yummy... only thing missing was a ranch-style sauce for dipping.