Thursday, August 13, 2015

Smoke Shack BBQ Review

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Scott and I are in San Antonio for a long weekend helping his family with some things. We stopped at the Smoke Stack food trailer (they also have a restaurant) for lunch.  It’s a trailer located in an old gas station lot off of Nacogdoches.  They have at least one smoker connected directly to the trailer (man, that must get hot this time of year!) .  

Scott and I each order three meat plates, allowing us to get some of every meat they serve: brisket, sausage, chicken, pork ribs, turkey, and pulled pork.

I’m so used to most places in Austin putting sauce on the side that I forget to ask. The food comes out pre-sauced. I’ll have to remember to ask for sauce on the side at any other places I stop at in SA.
Sausage: The sausage is a fairly run-of-the mill sausage you find at most places that don’t appear to make their own. It doesn’t stand out much. The one big bite I had didn’t have much snap in the casing. Flavor was decent, but not great. I give it 5.0/10.
Brisket: The brisket has some smoke flavor (as best I can tell through the sauce), but not much bark. Even through the sauce it’s a little dry. It definitely is helped by the sauce. I’m giving it 6.0/10, but suspect it might be a little lower without the sauce.

Turkey: Turkey has some smoke flavor, and is juicy but a little tough. Call it 6.5/10. 
Chicken: Like the turkey, there’s some smoke flavor but it’s a little  dry in the bite I get. The sauce helps. Again, call it 6.5/10.

Pork rib: The rib has a decent flavor and decent crust. It’s a solid entry. 7.0/10. 
Pulled pork: This has a good smoke flavor, and isn’t too greasy (a common failing in pulled pork). If there was another flavor other than the smoke, this could be excellent. Call if 7.5/10. 

Is it worth a visit? Absolutely. Smoke Shack has turned out a solid entry in the BBQ crowd. Nothing is bad, and some items are on the high end of the good scale. If you’re looking for a good place to grab a quick BBQ lunch, it’s a good choice (and isn’t that far from Bill Miller’s).  

Is it worth a trip? Nope. They are good, but not great. Hopefully while I’m down here I’ll have time to find a place that is worth a 60+ mile trip. 


  1. Interesting. I had a different experience at the restaurant.

  2. Different better? Or different worse...

    The trailer was a decent place to grab a quick lunch. We didn't try the brick and mortar site.

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