On the Road - City Market in Luling

January 19, 2009

Texans love to argue about BBQ. Each of us has a short list of favorite places, with the very best usually located in small towns, far away from the commercial pressures that lead to "City BBQ" which is a compromise at best.

When you talk to enough folks about BBQ (and we love to talk BBQ) a few places keep coming up over and over again. City Market in Luling is one of them. And for good reason.

City Market serves up some of the best BBQ you'll find anywhere. The sausage is very good. The brisket is superb.

But the ribs are spectacular. Among the best anywhere. Meaty, perfectly smoked, fall-off-the-bone tender, and seasoned with a dry rub that imparts an unmatched sweet / savory flavor that has to be experienced to be understood.

Sauce is available, but is wholly unnecessary. The meat stands on its own. That is the mark of stellar BBQ, and Luling City Market delivers.

There are only two negative about this place: It's closed on Sunday, and it's about 140 miles from Houston.

(And please don't confuse "Luling City Market" in Houston with this establishment. Different owners. By comparison, the food in Houston can barely be called BBQ.)

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