Thursday, June 2, 2016


Vitek's BBQ Review (Waco, TX)  

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My in-laws needed a new computer, so after picking one up for them we met up at Vitek's in Waco. Vitek's is typical counter service, but surprisingly large inside. They have a fairly large selection, and are apparently well-known locally for something called a "Gut Pak", which appears to be a Frito pie with both sausage and brisket. However, I decide to stick closer to the basics. I get sausage and brisket, and also try some of Mom's pulled pork.  

Pulled Pork: The pork is moist but not greasy. However, I'm not tasting much flavor other than pork. No real smoke or even pepper. It's not bad, but nothing really stands out. It feels like it is meant to have something added to it. Call it 5.0/10.

Brisket: I did ask for moist but apparently got lean. It's reasonably tender for lean but a bit dry. It does have a decent smoke flavor. I'll call it 6.0/10.

Sausage: The sausage has a nice flavor of smoke and light spice. Even pre-sliced there's good texture and snap in the casing. This is good stuff. Call it 8.5/10.

As I've stated before, I tend to be just a meat fan. I did notice a lot of people eating their sandwiches and Gut Pak, so I may need to expand a little. They also had ribs, turkey, and ham that are probably worth checking out at some point.  

Is it worth a visit? Absolutely. It seems like a good place to grab lunch or dinner. It also seems like a place that is specializing as much in what you can create with the meat as the meat itself (and there's nothing wrong with that, even if it's not my personal preference).

Is it worth a trip? 60 miles one way just for the BBQ? At the moment I'd say no, but that deserves the disclaimer that roughly ½ the menu has not been sampled yet.

-Tom

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