Mack’s Split Rail Bar-B-Que

201 Greenville Ave.
Mineola, TX 75773

Phone: (903) 569-9750
Hours: Tues-Thu 11-8, F-Sat 11-8:30

Opened 1989
Pitmaster Shane Creech
Method Hickory in a wood-fired rotisserie

TMBBQ Rating: 1.5

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At silver saddle smokehouse in Bellville. Brisket is amazing with big ol smoke ring. Almost all fat rendered which left such a juicy and melt in your mouth meat on my plate. Soooo good. Sides are also good. Corn casserole has a ton of flavor and spice. Not sure why not listed as bbq joint. So I requested it.
Terry r @ , 2015-04-24 19:09:32
Some of the worst bbq ever. But the folks are very friendly.
Bob Fields @ Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse, 2015-04-20 17:41:53
Two ribs one smoked sausage and a slice of salami all stellar hit the spot with Fritos and sharp cheddar
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2015-04-24 23:10:08
Brisket and ribs 2 meat plate beans, cole slaw, and potato salad!
diprivan @ Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue, 2015-04-24 11:29:08
Finally made it here and all meats were on the table. Nothing I can write will do this place justice. Truly the best BBQ I have ever tasted. The rub on the brisket and beef rib is like its own delicious side dish. Can't wait to come back!
Adam Murray @ Louie Mueller Barbecue, 2015-04-23 23:07:26
Pricey, but good. Meat was flavorful by itself without the dunking in the vinegary sauce. I won't get it that way next time.
James Pharaon @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2015-04-23 17:28:38
Great smoked flavor. The brisket was great and tender and the turkey has just the right amount of spice. I'll be back!
James Pharaon @ Big Boy’s Bar-B-Que, 2015-04-23 17:24:41
No trip to San Marcos is complete without a stop here! Nothing fancy for me...just a beef rib and a tray full of brisket is all I need to put me back in my happy place.
Adam Murray @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2015-04-23 16:45:12
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Review

Mack's Split Rail BBQ 01

May 20, 2014

In Wyatt McSpadden’s book Texas BBQ from 2009 there are two evocative early-morning photos of the tall smokestack at Mack’s Split Rail Bar-B-Que in Mineola. Other than these photos, I hadn’t seen or heard much about the place and wondered if maybe it had closed. On a trip to Tyler for a barbecue festival, I took the long way from Dallas through Mineola, and I found Mack’s very much open for business at the corner of Highways 69 and 37.

The old smokestack looked just like McSpadden’s photo (my photo below is a poor re-creation of his scenes), minus the rolling smoke. It was about noon and evidently the smoking for the day was through.

Mack's Split Rail BBQ 02

The smokestack at Mack’s

Possibly, the smoker hadn’t even been lit that day. Both the brisket and ribs were less than fresh, and both had the wan hue of baked meat. A pale pink line had seeped along the sad slices of beef. As I chewed, the meat just seemed to grow in my mouth. I needed a few sips of iced tea just to get it down. Now wary, a smaller bite from the rib was all I needed to confirm the visual. I set aside the mostly intact rib and pondered the tragic fact that an animal died for this. Hopefully there were some good chops and ribeyes on plates elsewhere in East Texas.

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A BBQ Platter at Mack’s

Once beyond the barbecue, the rest of the plate was fantastic. I happily got my fill of hand-breaded fried okra dipped in a tangy sauce. The homemade potato salad was tart with dill pickle, and the pickled green tomatoes were a nice option outside of the standard dill chips. Even the golden Texas toast had me coming back for more. I could have made a meal out of sides, but that’s not really the point. Although temptingly prominent on the menu, I didn’t try the fried shrimp or catfish and I skipped the crawfish étouffée. Those might be the best options here because it’s evident from the sides that someone on staff knows how to cook. It’s the smoking that seems to be the challenge.

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