Summer Barbecue Is Authentically Texas-Style at Smoke City Market

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The picture doesn’t do it justice: the barbecue at Smoke City Market in Sherman Oaks is out of this world.

The picture doesn’t do it justice: the barbecue at Smoke City Market in Sherman Oaks is out of this world.

If you’re not firing up the grill at home, or want to order in, cater a party or just dine at a real casual place with a picnic feel — featuring down-home Texas ambiance and a cool vibe — then Sherman Oaks’ Smoke City Market is your place.

Located adjacent to “auto row” at 5242 Van Nuys Blvd. near Magnolia Blvd., Smoke City Market is a comfortable, casual, order-at-the-counter eatery where you’ll sit at varnished, dark-wood picnic tables with utensil-filled buckets. Surrounding walls are adorned with rusty wheels, beer and soda signs, a cow skull and other thematic décor, while the centerpiece of the room is a vintage Coke cooler.

Approximately 150 pounds of meat is slow-cooked daily on the premises in a smoker over natural oak, without the use of gas or propane. When Friday comes around, that’s upped to 300 to 350 pounds a day for the weekend.

What’s unique about Texas barbecue is its simplicity. No sauces are added in the cooking process — meat is just simply rubbed with salt and pepper. There is sauce available, however, if desired.

The main menu consists of meals, sandwiches and salads with choice of delectable beef and pork ribs, chicken, brisket, chopped beef, sausage and pastrami.

To place an order or for more information, call (818) 855-1280 or visit www.smokecitymarket.com.

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