Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Hunt Store Pit Bar-B-Q

HUNT: The Hunt Store Pit Bar-B-Q
1634 Highway 39
Hunt, TX 78024
Open M-Sat 6:30am-9pm, Sun 8-8

The Hunt Store sits right along the very curvy State Highway 39 as it meanders alongside the Guadalupe River. Kayakers and tubers use the Hunt Store as an embarkation point so its a mix of convenience store in the front selling loads of ice, beer and coolers, and a small restaurant counter at the back.

Pulled pork and sliced brisket was the only BBQ on the menu. We had a long day ahead of eating BBQ, so I went with just the brisket sandwich to check the quality. Eight bucks for a few slices of beef on a bun was steep, but they have a captive audience here away from populated areas. The beef was tender but a bit dried out. The smoke didn't stand out beyond the salty seasoning. This was just some average brisket, and nothing about compelled me to go back in and spend another eight dollars on the pork sandwich.

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.