Sunday, January 30, 2011


MOULTON: Patek's Grocery
100 SE First
Moulton, TX 77975
Open Saturday only for BBQ

This small town grocery store changed its name a few years ago, but locals still know it as Patek's, and the sign out front still reads the same. I was told to give it a try by blog reader Kip Riske () who picked some up on a BBQ trip a few months back. Smoked brisket is available here on Saturdays only at the deli counter in the back of the store. They have a few other interesting looking items on the case, but none of it was available hot, so I came away with 1/2 pound of brisket for under $4.

The meat was a bit dry, and the large line of fat running through the center was poorly rendered. The meat was well seasoned and moderately smokey, with a good dark crust that held the most smoke flavor. Overall, this was decent brisket if you don't have another option, but with Schulenburg, Hallettsville, and Gonzales all within 1/2 hour, I'd opt for the short drive to any of them.

Rating **

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Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.