"What's the secret of smoking brisket?" I asked Cecil Sanchez, proprietor and pit boss at Mustang Creek B-B-Q, the source of my favorite barbecued brisket.
"Practice," he said as he carved me some fatty-end meat for a sandwich. "I've been doing this every day for 30 years."
I can't say that Mustang Creek has the best brisket in Texas since I have never eaten at Snow's BBQ in Lexington, the place that Texas Monthly anointed best barbecue joint in the state. And it is unlikely I am going to get up early enough to eat at Snow's anytime soon, since the cute little semi-professional operation only sells meat for a few hours on Saturday mornings.
Mustang Creek Bar-B-Que, on the other hand, is open for lunch most of the week. (The hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Monday). Look for the Exxon station on the southbound side of the Senator Lloyd Bensen Highway (Highway 59) in Louise, just past Hilje.
When I first heard about Mustang Creek B-B-Q, it was located in a corrugated metal shack with a dirt floor in Ganado, a few miles farther down the road. There is a photo of the old place on the wall. Seems odd to say it, but Cecil Sanchez's gas station barbecue joint is pretty fancy compared to the old place.
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