Since I started my quest to find great BBQ Joints I’ve always looked towards Texas BBQ as barometer. If a joint seemed to be close in meat quality and passion to Louie Mueller Barbecue, Kreuz Market, Black’s Barbecue, Snow’s BBQ, etc. I knew that I would be in the right place. The thing is, I hadn’t found that until last night.
Smoke City Market opened on November 4th about a mile north of the 101 freeway in Van Nuys, California (across the street from an Audi dealership). I met Calvin Lee from Mayhem Studios there to samples what we heard was really good BBQ in the San Fernando Valley.
We were not disappointed. Like a good Texas joint, they sell all of their meats by the pound. Everything looked incredible, but we went for brisket (they had a choice of moist or lean…we chose moist), sausage (we chose the jalapeno and cheddar sausage which is house made), and baby back ribs (they had sold out of the beef ribs). We only ordered one side, macaroni and cheese, as we wanted to concentrate on the BBQ objective.
The meats are cut to order and weighed out for pricing. They are place on butcher paper and served with white bread. The meat does not need sauce at all, but the do offer a standard BBQ sauce and a hot vinegar sauce.
All meats are smoked on premises in their two Ole Hickory Pits overnight.
Did we like it? We LOVED it. The best BBQ I’ve had so far in Los Angeles and what I feel is the most like real Texas BBQ. The brisket was so good we actually got a second half a pound.
I plan on making this a stop at least twice a month and I recommend you head over as soon as you can. Please note that they close when they sell out of meat (something that happens every evening). Drop me a line once you’ve been as I’m anxious to hear your reaction.
Lastly, if you’re not following Calvin Lee on twitter, I recommend you do. He’s worth every tweet. See him here
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