Joe Capello runs Austinite-favorite City Market, recently named one of the 101 best places to eat in the world by Newsweek magazine.
This little barbecue joint sits about an hour south of Austin on U.S. 183. A friend and I made it a point last week to fill up the back seat of my Texas-appropriate vintage Silverado with a couple of cardboard boxes full of Joe’s barbecue favorites on my way to (someone else’s) grandma’s house earlier this week.
Joe, who started working at City Market more than 45 years ago cleaning tables, told me his team cooks about a ton and a half of brisket a week. I figure that’s around 7,500 sandwiches every week.
The aroma from our brisket being cooked over post oak delightfully got deep into the upholstery of my vintage truck, reminding me of the tasty meal for days afterwards.
City Market joins my other favorite barbecue joints around Austin that will make your tongue slap the back of your head, including Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Franklin’s Barbecue in Austin and John Mueller’s vintage trailer in Austin.
P.S. You’ll also lick your spoon on an order of Joe’s tasty beans and potato salad.