Smokey Mo's Bar-B-Q

Morris "Mo" Melchor opened the first Smokey Mo's Bar-B-Q restaurant in Cedar Park in 2000.

During the following 13 years, the family-owned chain has expanded to seven Austin-area locations and a total of 11 locations statewide.

"The demand was there," District Manager Jordan Melchor, Morris's son, said. "He just kept opening stores."

Family-owned and -operated, each Smokey Mo's location has at least one member of the Melchor family on staff, District Manager Mary Melchor-Smith said.

The restaurant's customer base is also largely made up of families, making the Smokey Mo's family pack menu items, which can feed up to eight people, popular, she said.

The restaurant's three most popular meats—all smoked on-site—are brisket, turkey and sausage, Office Manager Anthony Lucero said, adding potato salad and pinto beans are the most popular sides.

"People don't know, because we're in strip center locations, that all of our meat is cooked fresh on-site," Lucero said. "It's something we take much pride in."

Each year the restaurant offers a shortcut for families looking to get out of cooking a holiday meal or who prefer a smoked turkey without the work. Each of the restaurant's locations are offering smoked turkeys and sides.

"Most orders are people who don't want to cook [for Christmas]," Melchor-Smith said. "A lot of customers order for the flavor of a smoked turkey."

Each bird comes with reheating instructions, and although sides are not included in the price, customers may order them to go with their meal.

Customers may call in or place orders in person at the location from which they intend to pick up the order.

"We are closed on Christmas," Lucero said. "People must pick up [their orders] by Christmas Eve."

All of the restaurants feature a catering menu year-round, and the Georgetown location also offers a banquet room capable of holding about 65 people for a variety of events and parties.

1601 S. I-35, Ste. 320, Round Rock, 512-828-4050,, Hours: Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–8 p.m.