The Smoking Oak

546 Hidalgo St.
Mercedes, TX 78570

Phone: (956) 565-2246
Hours: Thur-Sun 11-4

Opened 2015
Pitmaster Mario Dominguez Jr.
Method oak in an indirect heat pit

TMBBQ Rating: 4.25


November 13, 2015

Until relatively recently, when I heard (and sometimes gave) barbecue recommendations for places located along the edges of Texas, often the tip came with a qualifier: “It’s good for ___.” Fill in the blank with East Texas, The Panhandle, or the Valley. Even our Top 50 BBQ lists had a built-in geographical handicap. An above-average joint in Austin might not be able to crack the list, but move that joint to the Lower Rio Grande…