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“Good BBQ - most of the time”
Review of Smokey Mo's BBQ

Smokey Mo's BBQ
Ranked #278 of 4,625 Restaurants in San Antonio
Cuisines: Barbecue
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San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good BBQ - most of the time”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Smokey Mo's is a little on the schizophrenic when it comes to consistently good BBQ. I have eaten at that shop on Bulverde Rd about 15 times in the past 2 years and have had times when the brisket is some of the best I've eaten; other times, I've taken it back up to the counter as it was too dry and chewy to eat. Doing the top cap right on a brisket is an art ... one the pit master at Mo's has yet to master. I understand that Mo's uses gas as it smoking catalyst, and I wonder if the heat generated is causing the lean portions of the brisket to over cook and dry out. I talked for a short while to one of the managers about how they were cooking the brisket and he told me that the meat was cooked elsewhere and brought to the store. Consequently, he wasn't fully aware of the process/procedure. The "wet" or "fat" cut is usually very moist, though it can be a little grisly and chewy at times, too. The sides (potato salad, green beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob, and pinto beans are all pretty tasty. The BBQ sauce is flavorful and has a rich, smokey taste to it. Some friends I ate with thought that it was too sweet for their taste, but they're from Virginia and know only vinegar-based BBQ, so I don't put much credence to their opinion in this regard! :) They offer family servings to feed 2-4 and 6-8 people, the latter served with 3 quarts of sides, and 3lbs of meat ... onions, bread, sour pickles, for about $55 or so, after taxes. It's plenty of food and we always have plenty of leftovers to share. Mo's is convenient to my residence, so I visit it more often than I do Rudy's, which I feel has the best BBQ in town. Check out Mo's you won't regret it! If you get some dry brisket,take it back and get you some from another brisket!

  • Visited February 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Breakfast gem ”
Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Great breakfast stop. Meat was tender and prepared well. The service was friendly and helpful. If you have not had a chance to stop by, make a point of it.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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“Amazing BBQ”
Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed a great meal here. Had jalapeño sausage and brisket with creamed corn and potato salad. Wow what a meal

Visited January 2014
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“Meat is good, side dishes need help”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

The meat is tender and lean, delicious. The side dishes need improvement. They are canned and not fresh. Got the potatoes and they were crunchy. The green beans are from a can. The whole package here is not complete.

3 Thank sanchance
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Consistantly Excellent Food and warm friendly service”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Casual atmosphere prompts us to eat there on short notice and I have forgotten to write a well deserved review. The brisket and rib combo plate is my favorite, tender moist brisket and smoked meaty tender spare ribs topped with excellent BBQ sauce hot or mild. Good beans and potato salad. A favorite of ours for take out or eat in. Diners are always friendly and fun to be around. Great place.

  • Visited July 2013
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3 Thank Gwinginit
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