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DAVILA’s FAMILY, TRADITION, & BBQ By steFFanIe aGneW

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hen you think of Seguin and barbecue, one of the first places to come to mind is Davila’s BBQ, located on 418 W. Kingsbury Street. It’s hard not to spot them as you pull up from the road, with their name in large bold letters and an aroma of savory meats inviting those driving by to pull in for a bite. Davila’s features 10 different kinds of meat and 10 choices of handcrafted sandwiches, as well as burgers, 11 sides, desserts and an ever-growing menu. Adrian Davila, a third-generation pit-master at Davila’s BBQ, said there were many items on the menu that made Davila’s stand out from other barbecue places. “From the 70s to the 90s, we were known for our sausages, and that was our most popular item,” he said. “Barbecue houses and smoke houses were measured by the sausages that were made. That’s our namesake and I would say that’s our trademark.” Davila’s uses the original recipe created by his grandfather and restaurant founder Raul Davila. The all-beef link has a pork casing stuffed with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Nowadays the most popular item is Davila’s brisket, and which has become the standard used to measure barbecue joints, he said.

“Our most unique item though would be our lamb ribs,” he said. “People come far and wide for them. Lamb ribs are almost never found in other traditional Texas barbecue places.”

SMOKING MEATS

To get the mouth-watering flavor that Davila’s is known for, meats are smoked with mesquite wood and cooked hotter than most other places cook their meats. “We cook faster and hotter, where the traditional moniker is low and slow,” Adrian said. “Our style is a little different.” Davila’s is South Texas barbecue-style, which also sets it apart. “Central Texas uses post oak, like Luling and Lockhart,” Adrian said. “I’d like to make sure we draw that line, we’re not them and don’t cook like them. We cook like we do.” The wood and heat aren’t the only thing that sets Davila’s BBQ apart. The restaurant also uses cayenne in their rub to create an Asado technique of cooking. Asado is a Hispanic style of cooking meat.

418 W Kingsbury St, Seguin, TX 78155

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