A Guide to Texas BBQ
The best Texas BBQ is often found close to home, and close to the heart. At Smokey Mo’s BBQ, we believe that barbecuing is so much more than tossing meat in the smoker. It takes dedication and skill to perfect the craft – something we’ve been practicing for well over 20 years. Not all BBQ is created equal, and with years of experience, we’re sharing our guide to Texas barbecue and delicious must-haves.
What is Texas BBQ?
Texas BBQ most commonly refers to the methods used to prepare grilled and smoked meats unique to Texan cuisines. Beef brisket, pork ribs, and sausage are among some of the most popular meats, often served alongside hearty side dishes. Texas BBQ has evolved over time to include other tasty options like BBQ tacos and brisket sandwiches.
Signature Styles: Central Texas Barbecue
Most Texas pitmasters know there isn’t just ONE style of BBQ. Even BBQ fans across the state have their own distinct preferences when it comes to texture, flavor, and more. The style of Central Texas BBQ is where Texan barbecue got its start. The word “barbecue” is usually accompanied by the word “sauce,” but Central Texas-style starts with a traditional dry rub (usually a blend of spices, salt, and pepper). Meats are then smoked ‘low and slow’ over post oak, pecan, or mesquite. At Smokey Mo’s BBQ, we use rotisserie-style BBQ pits and our own signature rub to smoke our meats to perfection.
In other regions of Texas, you might find the following styles of BBQ:
- East Texas- Slow-cooked meat with a sweet, tomato-based sauce. Additionally, chopped sandwiches are very popular.
- West Texas- Meat is often grilled over direct mesquite wood heat versus smoked.
- South Texas- Coated in a thick, molasses-like sauce, BBQ is juicy and tender. Barbacoa is also a popular style of meat often found in tacos.
Perfect Partners for Your BBQ Meal
Having a true Texan BBQ experience goes beyond your meat selection. What would mealtime be without hearty side dishes that perfectly complement the main course, right? When paired with the perfect meat, sides help make for a satisfying Texas BBQ feast.
Some of the most popular BBQ sides at our restaurants include:
- Mac and Cheese
- Buttered Potatoes
- Creamed Corn
- Pinto Beans
- Green Beans
Mealtime Must-Haves at Smokey Mo’s BBQ
For those looking for a classic Texas BBQ experience, we recommend trying one of our 1, 2, or 3-meat BBQ plates. Consisting of your choice of our signature meats (brisket, turkey, and pork loin to name a few) and any 2 sides. We also offer our meats in savory sandwiches or tasty wraps.
If you’re looking for BBQ with a twist, we recommend our chopped baker or our Texas-inspired Frito pie, both topped with our signature chopped.
Or get something the whole group will love with our customizable family packs. The smaller Family Pack option feeds 3-4 people while our larger option feeds 6-8 people for a perfectly unique BBQ spread.
If you’re not sure what to choose, grab a Smokey Mo’s Fan Favorite! Brisket, sausage, coleslaw, potato salad, and pinto beans. All the fixins – bread, pickles, onions, and sauce – are, of course, included.
Stop by one of our 16 stores and indulge in our take on Texas barbecue! With locations throughout Central Texas including San Antonio, New Braunfels, Boerne, Avery Ranch, Georgetown, Round Rock, and more – mouthwatering BBQ is closer than you think. From our selection of mouthwatering meats to our satisfying sides and delectable desserts – we’re here to give you a truly Texan experience.
Come and get your fix. The PIT is LIT at Smokey Mo’s BBQ!