Thursday, April 8, 2010

Milt's Pit BBQ

KYLE: Milt's Pit BBQ
905 N Old Hwy 81

Kyle, TX 78640


Open Tues-Sat 11-8, Sun 12-7

Update: Milt's has MOVED, but just down the street. They are now located at 208 W Center St. in downtown Kyle.

2011: After meeting Logan on the first trip, I got to meet his dad Milt on my next visit. Milt was born in Texas but moved to California for work. After having enough of the west coast, he headed to DFW and soon tired of the treeless landscape. After reading an ad for a defunct BBQ joint in small town Texas, he moved his family to Kyle to try his hand at smoking meat. After several research trips to Lockhart and a few years of practice, I'd say Milt has it down.

Instead of the Lockhart sausage, I opted for the staff recommended jalapeno sausage made by V&V Sausage Company from Cistern, Texas. It's an all beef sausage that had a pleasant kick and a better flavor than the Lockhart sausage. Brisket was just as good as the first trip. Silky smooth lines of fat were sandwiched between tender, smoky meat. The crust and smokering were both prominent on these flawless slices. Ribs were also similar to the first trip, if a bit better. The meat was still a bit chewy, and the glaze was a bit more subdued. The whole snack was enjoyable, and the trip got better with a tour of the pits.

Two large pits are in operation to feed the demand that Milt has created. While touring the smoke filled back room, we were offered a few slices of a freshly smoked turkey breast. Although it was tongue searingly hot, the moist meat had incredible flavor with a nice level of smoke. Yet another meat that Milt's does well.

Rating ****

01/2010: Milt's is a bit of a rarity for Texas BBQ joints in that it's open on Sunday. That worked out perfectly for me as I headed back from a weekend trip in San Antonio. Milt's is just off I-35 about 1/2 hour south of Austin. It came with high hopes given all of the good things I'd heard from BBQ loving friends, and the lack of media coverage elsewhere made it even more intriguing. Orders are placed with the friendly staff just inside the door at a window reminiscent of a fast-food restaurant. Meat can be ordered by the 1/4 lb, so I went for a helping of ribs, brisket and Lockhart sausage.

I sat at a picnic table in the dining room to grab a few bites before I got back on the road. The sausage, which is a beef sausage that comes from Kreuz in Lockhart. This coarsely ground sausage had good snap and a great smoky flavor. Brisket slices were perfect. The smokiness in the brisket was excellent as evidenced by the well formed crust and beautiful smokering. The overall flavor, texture and moisture were great with just enough well rendered fat clinging to each slice. The ribs seemed to take a cue from Smitty's with a slightly sweet glaze applied once they were done smoking. The flavor was great, but they could have used a bit more time on the smoker to build that smoky flavor, and to get the meat a bit more tender.

After that quick bite inside, I met the pitmaster, Logan, and told him how much I enjoyed the place. He said it was a special day since the business was celebrating their second anniversary. With meats this well smoked, I'm sure they'll stick around for quite a while longer.

Rating ****

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DrillerAA09 said...

While on a business trip to Austin, I searced out Milts, based on your review. I was NOT disappointed. The meat was great! The sides of potato salad and beans were acceptable, but not memorable. But then, I didn't go there for the sides. Thanks for the advice.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone buy BBQ at this place? Can you spell LOCKHART? About 15 minutes down the road you have 4 BBQ places that (1) Make the sausage this guy sells at double the price, (2) Have all been in business for 30-80 years, (3) All have lower meat prices across the board and (4) Sell superior quality meats. This place just seems to be a "backyard BBQ" sort of place at extremely high prices.

BBQ Snob said...

I guess City Market in Luling should just call it quits too with Lockhart just 15 minutes away. I would buy BBQ again at Milt's place because of the great personable service, and brisket that rivals anything in Lockhart. I'll pay a whole $1 more per pound for that.

Stephen Taylor said...

I agree with BBQSnob. Milt's is one of our favorite places. We've noticed that it is becoming harder and harder to get into Smitty's and City Market in Luling. as they have become victims of their own success. Milt's hasn't been discovered (yet) and you can still get excellent barbecue at a reasonable price in a timely fashion.

Milt's is great. Went there today, as a matter of fact. They are trying smoked ham, and it was very good.


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.