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May 8, 2010 12:58 PM

Caldwell County BBQ: R&G

I saw a brief review in Texas Monthly last year about R&G Bar-B-Que in "Dale" and finally got a chance to try it out today. It's about a 10 minute drive east of Lockhart in a small speck of a town called McMahan. It makes Walburg look like a thriving metropolis.

The place which seems to be only business in McMahan is very country store. You order at the counter in back. The meat menu is simple as can be: brisket or sausage or both. The sides are beans or potato salad. They'll make it into a sandwich or serve you a burger as well (it looked boring). There was also some intriguing hints of chili on a separate menu (chili, chili with beans, chili dog, Frito pie, etc) but they said they didn't make any today--he wasn't too forthcoming when they actually make it.

Anyway, the barbecue was good at best. The brisket was smokey but without that salt & pepper rub that i'm used to from the famous neighbors to the west. The sausage was dry (non-fatty) and relatively tasty. They had sauce that reminds me of Luling--thin and peppery. Big Red is served in a can.

We were glad we went but probably won't make the special trip back. I'd compare it to Mann's in Austin. Nothing remarkable but decent.

R & G Bar-B-Que
6329 Fm 713, Dale, TX 78616

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  1. That sauce that reminds you of Luling does so because the pit boss at R & G was the meat man at City Market in days of yore.

    Glad you could find them on a day they chose to open. I've called and driven by on the way to Eureste's in Waelder and they've never been serving.

    Going to have to step it up a notch or two and report back. Thanks for the review.

    City Market
    633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

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    1. re: scrumptiouschef

      Yesterday's visit to R&G in the bucolic village of McMahan found a pit boss with a half a century of smoking meats, still at the top of his game.

      Had pluperfect brisket, asked for black and fatty and and fatty.

      Also got a handful of links, skillfully ground and stuffed into intestines. Delicious, they were the "worry link" style which is one of my very favorite types.

      Hang was outstanding. McMahan is a country gem.

      A pound of brisket, 4 links, a brisket sausage combo plate and a ice cold beer was 20 bucks.

      Can't wait to get back to R&G down in McMahan.

      FM 713 @ Wizzerville Rd.
      McMahan, TX 78616
      Open Tues-F 10-7, Sat 10-3

      1. re: scrumptiouschef

        Glad to hear you had a good time, chef--sounds like your meats were better than when we had them. Still not sure I'd go back but the drive was pretty.

        1. re: Carter B.

          Haven't been to McMahan in years,and was unaware there was any bbq place there.
          By the way,what is Eureste's in Waelder? Is it another bbq place?
          at Texas Escapes, they mentioned a bbq place in Belmont on US HWY90 Alternate that goes to Gonzales, haven't been out that way either in ages.