Mumphord’s Place BBQ

1202 E. Juan Linn
Victoria, TX 77901

Phone: 361-485-1112
Hours: Tue-€“Thur 11-€“7, Fri 11-€“8, Sat 11-€“6

Opened 2000
Pitmaster Ricky Mumphord; Keith Mumphord; Bubba Barnes; Ernest Rucker
Method Mesquite and oak; direct-heat pit
Pro Tip The chocolate cake with cream cheese icing is made by a local church lady. And it's divine.

TMBBQ Rating: 4

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50

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May 16, 2013

The minute you park, you’ll be drawn like a moth to the glowing fireboxes and pits in the screened-in shed out back. That’s where the action is—and frankly, we wondered how the pitmaster gets any work done, he’s so busy posing for pictures with guests and explaining to newbies how it all works. This is “cowboy-style” barbecue, where the wood is burned to coals, then transferred to large metal pits in which the meat is…


March 24, 2012

Barbecue south of San Antonio generally means indirectly smoked meats done with mesquite. As we walked up to Mumphord’s the smell coming from the screened in pit room at the back of the joint was unmistakably from direct heat BBQ. We started our visit right there with a tour of the pits from Bubba Barnes, who is one of a few pitmen here. They burn their wood down to coals and cook the meat directly over them in several pits that all have their own given names like ‘Goliath’ and ‘Chicken Smoker’ which is reserved for, well I think you guessed it. A mix of mesquite and oak coals provide the flavor, and Bubba provides the know-how.

After a thorough tour of the place, which included dozens of photos of this athletic family which includes coaches, baseball players, and even a couple of former NFL players, it was time to eat. A four-meat plate was on the menu, so a pile of ribs, brisket, turkey and sausage was soon in our grasp. Employee recommendations of green beans and potato salad rounded out the plate. Direct heat cooking doesn’t make for incredibly tender brisket, and this one was no different. The meat had a pleasing chew, but wasn’t tough. The meat had simple seasoning and great flavor from the coals. Ribs were thin on meat and a bit dry, but the overall flavor from the rub and the smoke was excellent. A dip in their homemade sauce (the only secret they kept from us was this recipe) which was a sweet mix of tomato, mustard & maybe Italian dressing, took care of any moisture issues. My favorite meat here, the turkey needed no help. They start with a whole turkey breast, apply a salt-heavy rub and lay it over the fire. The meat was perfectly tender, moist and succulent. A German sausage from Schulenberg, Texas was smoked nicely with good snap and a pleasing mix of salt, pepper and garlic.

The sides of fresh green beans in a sauce heavy with salt and butter were still crisp and the potato salad was obviously homemade with a mashed consistency but too much sugar. A better option for the sweet tooth are their desserts which are made by a lady from their church. A slice of chocolate cake with cream cheese icing was perfectly moist with a restrained amount of frosting, which I’m partial to. I was a great dessert to finish off what was a great meal. It’s tough to find well cooked meats like this in this region. This may not have been perfect, but it’s the best we found anywhere within a seventy-five mile radius of Victoria. I’d gladly return.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)


1 Comment

    David Mason says:

    We stopped by Mumphord’s on our way home from Corpus Christi. Really nice people there. I had the rib, sausage and sliced brisket plate with beans and potato salad. The brisket was moist and tender, but not a lot of smoke flavor. The ribs to me were average and the sausage a little above average. Sauce and potato salad were a little sweet to my liking, but the place was very busy, so I must be in the minority on that. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

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