The business hasn’t been around as long as the others (it opened in 1999), but the building itself is legendary at Smitty’s Market (208 S. Commerce St., 512/398-9344, www.smittysmarket.com, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Sat., 9a.m.–3 p.m., $8–20 Sun.). Smoked meat has been a specialty at this rustic locale for more than a century, and people have been continually flocking here to partake of the juicy goodness.
Visitors get an up-close view (and feel) of the decades-old fire-and-smoke spewing brick pits, located adjacent to the long line that snakes out the back door most weekends. By the time you sit down to eat, you won’t even notice your seared skin and smoke-drenched clothes.
The brisket and sausage are specialties, and the tender and delicious pork ribs are available on weekends only. Smitty’s also offers traditional sides such as potato salad, cole slaw, and pinto beans.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition