Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Smolik’s Smokehouse – Mathis (Downtown Location)

Just My Rating and a Few Notes (For Now): 

*Note: This is about the Original Location, not the new second location on the interstate.

A little more autobiography in this entry. There was a time growing up that I was not a BBQ snob. I grew up in the wasteland of BBQ that is South Texas. I actually lived my first 18 years about 20 minutes from this place and even visited it a few times growing up. My recent visit had me saying "WOW! I don't remember it being anything like this!"

I tried a lot of meat on this trip to Smolik's. So much that the woman helping me refused to believe that I'd eat it all and packed my beef rib to go. Everything I had was good. The brisket was excellent, great crust and great smoke dripping with well rendered fat. The brisket had all of the other characteristics it needed that I forgave its slight dryness. The pork ribs were also a bit dry but had a really good flavor (a little too sweet for my liking). The sausage was very good, housemade with a perfectly prepared snap. The beef rib was excellent, really big and really tasty. And no, I didn't finish the rib. It ended up riding shotgun on my way back home Fred Flintstone style.

Address: 501 E San Patricio Ave, Mathis, TX 78368
Hours: Monday: 9AM – 2PM; Tuesday – Thursday: 9AM – 7PM; Friday – Saturday: 9AM – 8PM


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*All Grades Are Based Solely on the Quality of Texas BBQ Offered at the Joint. We Aren't Looking for Burgers or Catfish!

My Grading Scale:

A = This is some of the finest BBQ you'll find anywhere. It is worth a roadtrip in itself along with any required wait.
B = This is very good BBQ, even if it is over an hour away, consider making the drive.
C = This is just average BBQ but it's worth a stop in a pinch.
D = This is a poor example of Texas BBQ. Even if it's the only place around, skip it. Apologize to any non-Texans that have eaten here.
F = This is not only a bad Texas BBQ, it is probably not suitable for human consumption.

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