Looking to get away this summer? Take a road trip to Victoria, TX and experience The Great Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail! It features some of the best barbecue in the state and was named one of the “10 Great American Food Trail Road Trips” by Frommer’s Travel Guide. If you like barbecue, this trail is definitely worth the drive.
The Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail is comprised of eight locally-owned barbecue joints. From sit down restaurants to food trucks, you’ll find the barbecue as varied as the pit masters who create it. Whether it’s the meat, the sides, or homemade desserts, these folks put their heart and soul into making your experience unforgettable.
One of the most popular food trucks with locals is KB’s BBQ. Owned and operated by father and son team Kevin and Cullen Broll, the guys at KB’s cook their brisket with a special spice and mesquite wood for more than 20 hours in an offset smoker. You’ll get a deep smoke flavor in your meats here. In addition to the basics, you’ll find a variety of daily specials. A few of my favorites are the loaded smoked chicken avocado, smoked meatloaf, brisket enchiladas, and brisket-topped mesquite smoked burgers!
On any given Thursday evening you’ll find live music on the patio and customers chowing down in an open-air dining hall. This place oozes great food and a good time with family and friends.
Another favorite BBQ joint on the trail is Mumphord’s Place. Already named one of Texas Monthly’s “50 Best BBQ Joints,” Mumphord’s Place is not new to the barbecue scene. Opened in February of 2000, brothers Ricky and Keith Mumphord’s style of cooking is all about the “old-fashioned way” – using direct heat. The meat sits a few feet directly above mesquite and oak coals, giving it a milder smoke flavor.
Mumphord’s Place has a large menu featuring Texas barbecue staples such as brisket, sausage and pork ribs. Although you can’t go wrong with these, Ricky suggests you try the turkey breast, a mouth-watering culinary treat. The potato salad is good stuff, but it’s the green beans – complete with garlic, butter, and onions – that truly rounds out the meal. Be sure and leave room for the homemade chocolate cake dessert!
Limon’s BBQ is owned by Lupe Limon, whose family has been in the meat packing business for forty years. Limon’s BBQ cooks on a revolutionary rotisserie barbecue pit; it’s an original Herbert Oyler purchased at the 1968 World’s Fair in San Antonio by his great-grandfather.
Lupe’s brisket, cooked evenly and slowly, has an appealing consistency throughout and is smoked with a mix of mesquite, oak, and pecan woods. The flavors really come through in the beef brisket and their pork baby-back ribs. The sausage and German potatoes are both from closely-held family recipes and are not to be passed up. Be sure to grab some of their packaged beef jerky for the road!
Does the cooking style and type of wood make a difference? Try all eight BBQ joints on the Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail and reach your own conclusion!
While in Victoria, you can find plenty to keep busy – from kayaking the Guadalupe River, exploring the rich history of the Texas Coastal Bend region, or enjoying the diverse music scene. Four distinct trail itineraries full of activities that are the perfect complement to any barbecue feast can be found at CoastalTexasBBQ.com.
So take a drive. Relax. Enjoy the town… and the barbecue. I think you’ll be impressed. Learn more at Coastal Texas BarbecueTrail.com.