City Market

Bar-b-q | Small Town Café | Smoke House | Southwestern
Worth driving from anywhere!

Luling has two great claims to culinary fame: the annual watermelon thump, a festival presided over by that year’s Watermelon Queen, and the City Market, which is one of the defining BBQ parlors of the Southwest.

City Market’s dining area is cool and comfortable. To fetch the food, however, you must walk into hell. A swinging door leads into a back-room pit, a shadowy, cave-like chamber illuminated by the glow of burning logs in pits on the floor underneath the iron ovens. It is excruciatingly hot; but apparently at ease in their sweltering workplace, pit men assemble meats on pink butcher paper with gracious dispatch. They take your money, then gather the edges of the paper together so it becomes a boat-like container you easily can carry back into the cool, pine-paneled dining room.

The brisket is terrific, as are pork ribs, but City Market’s great dish is a sausage ring. Even when the long communal tables are crowded and a dozen conversations are in full sway all around, you cannot help but hear the crunch and snap as diners’ teeth bite into the unbelievably taut casings of a City Market sausage ring. These horseshoe-shaped, string-tied guts are a lean, rugged grind with only the echo of pepper laced through their mineral-rich muscularity.

Uncharacteristically (for Texas), the City Market also makes significant barbecue sauce – a spice-speckled, dark orange emulsion that is so coveted by customers that signs on the wall above every booth implore “Please Leave Sauce Bottles on Tables.”

Note: The City Market of Luling is not related to the Luling City Market of Houston.

What to Eat
City Market, Sausage
Crisp-skinned, unbelievably succulent sausage
City Market, Brisket
Tenderness, thy name is City Market brisket.
City Market, BBQ Sauce
BBQ Sauce
An afterthought in many true-Tex BBQ's, sauce is a big deal in the City Market.
City Market, Pork Ribs
Pork Ribs
Beef is king of Texas BBQ, but City Market pork ribs are magnificent.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday7am - 6pm
Tuesday7am - 6pm
Wednesday7am - 6pm
Thursday7am - 6pm
Friday7am - 6pm
Saturday7am - 6pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 171 MILES | 3 hr 8 min

The barbecue belt of central Texas: east of I-35 and north of I-10 where brisket, prime rib, and beef sausage are cooked in the haze of oak smoke slow enough that they baste themselves. Going back to the early 20th century when butchers decided to smoke unsold and unwanted cuts of beef and serve them…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Pho Please

    Austin, Texas

    Pho Please serves authentic Vietnamese recipes in a casual Austin shopping center. It’s not uniquely Texan, but is a locals’ favorite.

  • Lucky Robot

    Austin, Texas

    Lucky Robot’s eclectic decor and expertly prepared sushi (and beyond) combine to create a memorable Japanese eating experience in Austin, Texas.

  • Eastside Tavern

    Austin, Texas

    For unique appetizers, smoky barbecue, refreshing drinks, and a rustic vibe, look no further than Eastside Tavern in Austin, Texas.

  • Italic

    Austin, Texas

    Italic is a cozy downtown spot that offers flavors reminiscent of Italy — a rarity in Austin, Texas.

  • Loro

    Austin, Texas

    Austin’s Loro combines Asian cuisine and Texas barbecue to create a unique eating experience in a cozy environment.

  • Billy’s on Burnet

    Austin, Texas

    Billy’s is an Austin favorite restaurant where wings are superb and the Uptown Burger, topped with bacon marmalade, avocado and blue cheese, is unforgettable.