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A BBQ Gem in Gold Country

February 20, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Vacations are for rest, relaxation, and research.  Food research, that is.  Recently, the FUNdamental Family vacationed in the majestic winter wonderland that is Yosemite National Park. Always in search of legit BBQ in California (read my definition of real BBQ here), Yelp sent us to Doc’s Texas BBQ in Sonora.  Yelp, I love you!

Doc’s has a real “down home” feel, with obvious regulars greeting one another and Doc himself.  I was quite concerned that I didn’t smell any smoke whatsoever in the parking lot or even inside.  My fears were put to rest as our food came out almost glowing with that beautiful pink smoke ring that true BBQ fans look for.  Doc told me that he uses oak (I found his three upright smokers out back). 

Spare rib, tri tip and sausage combo with fries.

Brisket plate with slaw and beans.

Doc's smokers. I was tempted to load one into the van. Seriously.

We had the pork spare ribs, tri tip, hickory sausage, jalapeno sausage, and beef brisket.  Everything was tender, juicy, and pleasantly smokey.  The brisket may have been just a bit on the crumbly side with a little too much gristle, but was still very enjoyable.  The jalapeno sausage had a nice kick and was right up there with some of the tastiest I’ve ever had.  The tri tip was amazing.  I’m usually not a fan of smoked tri tip as it normally gets very chewy and tough.  I usually grill it to no more than medium rare.  Doc has found a way to smoke it for hours and keep it tender and juicy.  Pure magic.  The fries were even amazing-er.  Made from fresh potatoes, which is great, but the flavor is just over the top!  It’s as if they’re fried in lard or bacon grease or something along those heavenly lines.  Or maybe it’s just more of his magic.  Absolutely the best fries I’ve ever had.  The sauce was very good, slightly sweet and tasting a bit of coffee.  I just wish there was a hot version.  The beans and cole slaw were decent, nothing spectacular.

Doc’s Texas BBQ is one of the best BBQ experiences I’ve had anywhere (including the Lone Star state itself) and easily the best in California.  But why, oh why, oh great Mr. Doc must you be so far away?

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  1. zaza
    February 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    lard or bacon grease?! lol. sounds delicious. haha. the food looks really good! man, my taco lunch seems less appetizing now…

  2. emily
    March 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Love browsing your page, I usually find out something new stuff.

  3. Steve "Doc" Weldon
    April 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Hi! I own Doc’s Texas Smoked BBQ in Sonora and I just stumbled on the wonderful review and the pictures you took of the place. Thank you! You were very kind!!!!
    We try hard! Next time try our burgers. I take whole Choice Chuck rolls and trim them out very carefully, then grind them fresh every day. We handpack the patties and grill the buns and grill the onions too. WE would love to have you back. Next time tell us you are coming and I’ll make sure I’m there to meet you. Once again, thanks for the great write up!!
    Steve “Doc” Weldon
    I’m from Corpus Christi Tx. been here 10 years

  4. Jay
    April 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    So glad you find me, Doc! We actually did meet very quickly. The food was so great that I just had to shake your hand. And our kids had the burgers. I snuck a bite (or three) and they were awesome! I hope to return sooner rather than later.

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