When you think of the great state of Texas, a few things pop into your head — cowboys, cows, beef and, of course, BBQ. With that in mind, I made my way to Melissa to try out a little out of the way place called the Smoken S BBQ.


Smoken S BBQ has been opened as a catering service for the past two years. Owner Kent Smith settled on a permanent location in Melissa a few months ago.


It is an easy location to get to with plenty of parking and greeted by friendly staff. After perusing their menu, I ordered a sample of the beef brisket, which turned out to be mighty tasty, not to mention slow smoked for over 12 hours. With the menu decisions all sounding delicious, I settled for the “Super Pig.”


The entrée has pulled pork, in-house made pork sausage and coleslaw — all slapped between buns. My mouth waters just writing about it. Then comes the bonus: add the regular BBQ sauce, or my favorite, the spicy BBQ sauce to this magnificent creation and you have the sandwich in which campfire stories are written about.


Just because Smoken S now has a permanent location does not mean they stopped offering catering. It is just another weapon they added to their arsenal. Now, one can enjoy the tasty BBQ at the location off of 121 in Melissa, or hire them to cater your next big event. With the quality of the food, you are bound to be the hit of the show.


But until you can make it out to visit these folks, here’s a BBQ sauce you can add to your favorite meat.


BBQ sauce recipe


· 1 cup water


· 2 cups tomato sauce


· 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar


· 5 tablespoons light brown sugar


· 5 tablespoons sugar


· 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper


· 1/2 tablespoon onion powder


· 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard


· 1 tablespoon lemon juice


· 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


· 1 tablespoon molasses


· 1 tablespoon Tabasco optional


Place all ingredients in a pot and simmer 10 to 15 min.