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Gonzales Food Market -- Good BBQ


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Gonzales Food Market -- Good BBQ

uarent | | Aug 15, 2009 04:14 PM

I finally made the drive down to Gonzales to try the reputed but not highly publicized Gonzales Food Market. It was real good. Worthy of a top place among Central Texas BBQ heavy hitters. I'm real surprised that Texas Monthly left these guys off. I just looked at the list and I can't say there are any I'd definitely take off and replace with Gonzales Food Market, but there are some, e.g. Opie's, Kruez's, Louie Mueller's (RIP), that are equal to or lesser than Gonzo.

On to the food...

Sausage -- Twas the best I've had in recent memory. Not greasy; kind of doughy textured and real fine grained filling; mild spice, but has some spice; good clean flavor. Goes real good with and without bread. Has just the right amount of moisture.

Brisket -- I give this brisket a 91 out of 100 [that's with Snow's in Lexington (believe the hype) being a 100 and Smitty's being a 97]. Beef didn't seem to be the highest quality based on the marble and mild sinew. But... the texture, tenderness, and taste of the beef were top notch. Plenty of fat that was real tender. All around strong brisket.

Had some beef ribs and mutton ribs too. Beef ribs had a real tasty rub, but were cut across as short ribs rather than the whole rib which I prefer. Meat was a little tough and chewy, but was good. As always, beef ribs had a perfect combo of fat and meat. Mutton ribs were real tasty but I could only deal with one because those things by definition are so damn greasy.

Had some real sweet tea that made your teeth start to rot as you drank it b/c of all the sugar in it. In case you're wondering, this is a good thing.

I highly recommend Gonzales Food Market. Not only because the food is good, but the guy that owns it, Richard Lopez, is a grade A guy; cares about his customers and his craft.

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