Milt’s Pit BBQ’s owner works to perfect the art of barbecue

Greg Devonshire took over Miltu2019s Pit BBQ from the original owners, Milt Thurkill and Bunny Walling, in 2014.

Greg Devonshire took over Miltu2019s Pit BBQ from the original owners, Milt Thurkill and Bunny Walling, in 2014.

Image description
Milt's Pit BBQ
Image description
Milt's Pit BBQ
Image description
Milt's Pit BBQ
Image description
Milt's Pit BBQ
Greg Devonshire said you can tell what makes for a good barbecue restaurant by a few things: There is a wood pile in the back, the dining room is full, there is a long line of people waiting to order, and there is a smoky smell in the air.

As the owner of Milt’s Pit BBQ, Devonshire said smoking and serving barbecue is an art.

He said his love affair with barbecue began in college when he worked at a barbecue joint.

“I instantly fell in love with the restaurant industry,” he said.

After college Devonshire went to culinary school in Oklahoma City, then spent several years as a chef in both Oklahoma City and New Hampshire.

His wife’s family ties in Lockhart eventually brought them to Central Texas. Devonshire helped in the barbecue pit at Kreutz Market, where owner Keith Schmidt is a family friend.

In 2014 he took over Milt’s Pit BBQ from its original owners, Milt Thurkil and Bunny Walling, who started the restaurant in 2007.

Devonshire kept the restaurant’s name and added his own homemade rub to the meats, and four years later he often runs out of barbecue before his restaurant closes at 8 p.m.

“Basically we’re always striving to be better,” Devonshire said.

He said this year he hopes to renovate the restaurant’s outdoor patio by building a new fence and adding a children’s playscape and seating. He said he is also working to get his Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission certificate and plans to sell draft and canned or bottled beer.

Milt’s Pit BBQ’s award-winning meats include brisket, sausage, chicken, pulled pork, turkey and ribs. One of Devonshire’s best-sellers is the Big Man Binge—a plate of brisket, ribs and sausage served with two sides, bread and a medium drink.

The restaurant also offers full-service and delivery catering, which includes specialty items such as a loaded potato bar and a chopped beef sandwich bar.

And for those who are not fans of barbecue, Milt’s Pit BBQ also offers burgers, including a Roadhouse Burger with cheese and a mushroom Swiss burger.

Milt’s Pit BBQ
208 W. Center St., Kyle
512-268-4734
www.miltspitbbq.com
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-7 p.m., closed Mon.

SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt opened at The Lyndon in San Marcos on Dec. 12 (Courtesy Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt)
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt now open at The Lyndon in San Marcos

The frozen yogurt shop will feature more than 50 flavors including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and personalized fro-yo cakes.

The project failed for resolution with 2-4 votes, with Council Member Ed Mihalkanin and Mayor Jane Hughson voting to support. (Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos City Council votes against supporting tax credit for housing project

The developer of the Lantana project, Mission DG, was seeking a resolution of no objection.

Karen Chisum, head coach of Texas State University's volleyball team for 40 years, announced she will be retiring. (Courtesy Stephanie Schulz)
Texas State’s head volleyball coach of 40 years announces retirement

Karen Chisum, head coach of the volleyball team, is the longest tenured Texas State head coach.

Traci Anderson started her role as Buda's new EDC executive director Oct. 28. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
Getting to know Traci Anderson, Buda's new Economic Development Corp. executive director

Anderson describes her role in the city as one moving piece that is part of a bigger puzzle.

This is the Estancia property that was purchased by Texas Children's on Dec. 10. (Courtesy Texas Children's Hospital)
Texas Children’s Hospital eyes further expansion in Austin with purchases of land

Houston-based Texas Children's Hospital has closed on the purchase of two plots of land in the Austin area.

Common winter allergies in Texas are caused by pollen from the Ashe juniper—also known as a mountain cedar. The tree is native to the area. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
As pollen counts rise in Central Texas, learn about cedar fever and allergy prevention

As temperatures cool heading into the winter season in Central Texas, pollen counts from Ashe juniper trees begin to climb, causing seasonal allergies referred to locally by residents as “cedar fever.”

Double Dave's Pizzaworks opened its first San Marcos location on Dec. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Double Dave's Pizzaworks now open on N. LBJ in San Marcos

The pizza joint offers delivery services and it also features sandwiches, wings, salads and desserts.

The Buzzmill closed its doors permanently in early December. (Brett Thorne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Buzz Mill in San Marcos now closed

The restaurant and bar closed its doors permanently in early December.

Ascension Seton Hays cut the ribbon on the new maternity unit. (Courtesy Ascension Seton Hays)
Kyle's Ascension Seton Hays hospital cuts ribbon on new maternity unit

The hospital is also expanding its women's services program.

The city of San Marcos will be celebrating the dedication of its newest mural on Dec. 7. (Courtesy city of San Marcos)
City of San Marcos to dedicate a new mural at Wonder World Cave and Adventure Park

The city will be offering a dedication for the new mural "“Wild Rice” on Dec. 7.

Mavericks opened in Buda on Nov. 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Mavericks Dance Hall now open in Buda

The new Buda spot has five bars and a dance floor.

Back to top