My Trip To Smitty’s Market & BBQ

Wed 08 November 2017

After last weeks trip to Smitty’s Market, I convinced my friend Eric that we needed to go to City Market in Luling, TX. City Market is the last one of Top 5 from Texas Monthly’s 2017 BBQ Rankings, that I hadn’t eaten at. So today after he got off work we headed out for Luling. It wasn’t as far of a drive from Austin as I was expecting it to be. It was actually just under an hour for us to get there.

Photos by Ray Pierce

Big Red

Brisket, Pork Rib, and Beef Sausage link

Brisket, Pork Rib, and Beef Sausage link

Brisket, Pork Rib, and Beef Sausage link

Cash Register

Smoke tinted prices

The cutter

The pile of meat


The fire box



Order Here

Don't take the sauce

City Market

The store is right in front of the railroad tracks in the middle of town. It’s sort of town squarish, but it’s just a few blocks long and it’s not centered around a courthouse. There wasn’t any waiting in line outside here, instead the line snaked around the dining area. I’m not sure if this was because it was cold outside or just the way it works there. The line moved pretty quickly though. It seemed to have more locals in it, than most of the other places that we’ve tried lately. I didn’t get the sense that there were any other BBQ bloggers or pilgrims in the dining area, but I also didn’t ask anyone. The seating was wooden booths with upright backs, picnic style tables, and a few 4 top regular tables. Some of the booths tables were very well worn from constant eating at them. All around the dining room you see signs about not taking the sauce bottles from the table, I’m guessing that is to deter people from taking them home. It seems like a common trait in the Luling, Lockhart area to have the pit area and dining area inside, but segregated by a wall. The same practice of purchasing the meat separate from the sides and drinks is in effect here as well. I’m not sure that I like that, having to stand in two lines for one meal doesn’t seem right. Throughout the course of our meal the main line stayed pretty constant at about 40ish people deep.

Once we reach the pit area where the meat is served, you are met by a sign warning to keep the door shut and a blast of warm air rushing out. The warming pit is to the right with it’s vents open. There’s a hanging sign that’s browned listing the prices of meat. The cutters and pit masters are busy serving the customers as they order. It appeared that the cutters were pre-cutting the brisket and ribs and letting them lie on the cutting table until someone orders it.

As for the food itself, the brisket had a good smoke ring on it, but it was visibly dry. There wasn’t much of a bark on the brisket at all. It tasted fine, but was not tender and was a bit chewy. Even a forceful pull with my hands wouldn’t tear off a bit size piece. I had to use knife to make it manageable. I was thoroughly disappointed with the brisket. This is what Texas BBQ is all about, and this was mediocre at best. Eric even commented that this isn’t something he would drive this far for again.

The beef sausage link was course ground, and was quite tasty. It was moist almost to the point of greasy though.

The highlight of the trip was the pork ribs. They were had a great smokey flavor, probably becasue City Market only uses amazing, quality charcoal grills for that smoky flavor. They weren’t too tough and with a little tug of the teeth the meat came off. There was a sweet BBQ sauce glaze on them. I really wish I had gotten more of these and forgone the brisket.

City Market has a couple of sides as well which are paid for in a separate area than the meat. They include potato salad and pinto beans. Another highlight for me was having bottled Big Red soda. I’m not sure where my affinity for it comes from, but it sure is good. We had to ask for the BBQ sauce since it wasn’t on the table. It was very good. A light orange color that had a sweet mustardy flavor to it, I would recommend it for sure. I had to use it to put some moisture back into the brisket.

My expectations for a Top 5 BBQ Joint were so high and the results were so low. I’m not sure if it is just my luck, or that quality has been sacrificed to keep up the demand generated from publicity. Overall, I’m truly disappointed in City Market.


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Ways to Adjustment A Flat Tire - Breakthrough Vehicle Parts

Wed 19 April 2017

Transforming a blowout. This is something that every vehicle driver's mosting likely to encounter at one time or one more. The most essential thing, don't panic. Gradually get the lorry pulled off sideways of the road in a safe place, on stable ground so that the jack will not sink. As well as believe it or otherwise, following the step by step directions in your proprietor's handbook is still one of the most reliable and also, extra notably, the best method to go about doing this repair. The very first step is to make certain you have actually obtained the car in park, the emergency brake on, and the engine turned off, all for safety. After that you want to search in the proprietor's handbook. Ours does a fantastic task of revealing us the jack factors around the lorry. You can not boost a unibody vehicle just anywhere. You've reached hit the enhanced points on the corners. The owner's guidebook reveals us that. We've located ours right down right here. It's a hefty piece of steel. You slide the jack under as well as snug it up. Prior to we jack up the car, we desire to go in advance as well as loosen the lug nuts on the level tire. Following the directions in our proprietor's manual, we take the equipment which was in the tire change package in the trunk, insert it into the jack. We currently create a handle of the lug wrench and we go ahead and raise the vehicle. Make sure you get the vehicle far enough off of the ground that your new fully filled with air tire will certainly remove. We're on steady ground below. If you're doing this in crushed rock or dirt, be sure that your jack is not sinking. That could be really harmful. As well as I like to function from the top down. Some people could sit down on the ground and your legs end up under the lorry as you transform the tire, which I truly do not like, when you're roadside. Once you obtain the lug nuts off, you're currently in excellent position without injuring your back to lift this wheel off and go on as well as roll it back to the trunk. This is our momentary extra. It's a short-lived spare. It's crafted to go no greater than 100 miles, and to not go beyond 50 miles a hr. Know that. This is mosting likely to alter exactly how your car deals with, and also definitely how it guides, because it gets on the front end. Functioning from the top down, you align the lug studs with the openings. Move the wheel right on. Re-install your lug nuts. And as you snug them up, do it in a crisscross pattern similar to this and after that do one last tightening up in a crisscross pattern once you obtain the vehicle back down on secure ground. Well, the short-term extra's on. The lug nuts are limited. As well as we're visited the local tire store. The faster we get that initial tire and also wheel back on, the more secure we'll be as we take a trip down the road.

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All About PVC Fences

Tue 28 March 2017

Your home can already be considered as one of your investments and if you want to increase its value, installing some beautiful PVC fences onto your property can definitely help out. When you plan on revamping the look of your home, it’s not just limited to your indoors but the outdoors as well. There are many homeowners who often make the mistake of leaving out their yard when upgrading their home. You might be surprised on how valuable your property will be if you include your yard in your home improvement projects. You don’t really need any major overhaul for your yard. Introducing PVC fences on your area can certainly be a good and affordable way to increase your property value.

Although there are plenty of fence ideas available today, not many homeowners can afford having them installed on their property possibly due to budget constraints as well as having no clue as to which one goes well with their land. For those who plan on doing the installation on their own and would like the best fence for their place, consider installing PVC fences. There are many benefits to be gained when you choose PVC fences for your home. Here are some that are worth considering:

Durability – PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride is known for its durable composition where it is designed to withstand all kinds of wear and tear. PVC is a commonly used around the house due its malleability. However, once the plasticizer is removed what’s left is a material that is highly durable and sturdy hence PVC fences.

Maintenance – If you don’t want to do regular maintenance on your fences you should consider getting vinyl fences. You can still achieve that white fence you have always dreamed without having to use wood materials that are not that sturdy when exposed to moisture and heat constantly. Now, if you opt for PVC fences, you can simply hose your fences down when they are no longer looking their best. Regular maintenance isn’t necessary because PVC fences are designed to withstand all kinds of wear and tear.

Versatile – Another feature that you will love about PVC fences is that it is quite versatile. You can find PVC fences in varying designs and styles that can add more decorative appearance to your property. When installing a fence to replace the old fence you have, you should take into account your preferences and needs. You should take into consideration where you will be installing your PVC fences. For example, if you will be installing PVC fences on your backyard where your swimming pool is located, you should make sure that it should be a bit higher to provide you with the privacy you need.PVC Fences – Cheapest Fence

When looking for cheapest fence for your property, you should definitely consider getting PVC fences. This material can be bought in local hardware stores and even fence manufactures in your neighborhood. Again, you should take the time to consider what your options are when you want to build a fence gate on your property. Consider the material’s durability, sturdiness, ease of installation as well as price. Although many researchers are saying that installing PVC fences can be harmful to the environment due to their chemical composition, the results are still indefinite. However, it would be better for you to consult your local building laws to determine whether or not you are allowed to install PVC fences on your lot. If not, there are other alternative ideas for your residential fence to consider.

You might not be familiar with PVC fences because wood and wrought iron have taken a commanding lead in terms of popularity and features. However, if you are looking for affordable alternatives, then this should be included in your list of considerations. With the benefits of PVC fences mentioned above available for you to make use of, you can weigh your options whether or not they are applicable to your needs. Find out more fencing options at

PVC fences are easy to install so if you think you can handle the installation on your own then make sure that you have all the right tools and materials on hand. If not, you can always hire an expert fence contractor to get your PVC fences done in no time.

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