In 1944 my Dad
Rudy Smrkovsky, and my Uncle Tony Smrkovsky purchased
City Meat Market in when it was located in downtown
Schulenburg, Texas. Prior to City Market the
building was a saloon. I still remember the
swinging doors in front, like Kitty had in the show
Gunsmoke. There was an old adobe hut in the back
full of little brown jugs, which my brother and I took
to the creek and shot with 22's. It was a lot of fun but
In 1961 my Dad
bought out my Uncle and we later moved the Market to our
present location at 109 Kessler Avenue (Highway 77 North
In 1982 my Wife
Carolyn and I purchased City Meat Market from my Dad and
Mom. Back then, all recipes were a handful of this
and a handful of that. It was a chore to develop a
recipe that was consistent. Most Czechoslovakian
sausage makers' recipes were a handful of this and a
pinch of that (my Dad's family was from Czechoslovakia).
I remember telling Willie (the sausage maker at the
time) to stop when he put two handfuls of salt and a
handful of pepper so I could weigh the ingredients.
City Market makes
a homemade weiner, which is unique to Texas in that my
Uncle Tony brought this recipe from a kosher meat market
in Nebraska. In 1979 the Houston Post wrote an
article about our homemade weiner, they referred to them
as "viners". We still use the same recipe today.
In 1992 we made a 50 foot weiner which we took to
Thornton, Texas and they made a record breaking corndog
using our 50 foot weiner.
In 1983 we were
the first to develop jalapeno sausage. It was so
different that Texas Monthly wrote an article about us
in their December issue. Today we produce two
kinds of jalapeno sausage; a Pork & Beef (hors d'oeuvre)
and a Pork jalapeno which is a cooking kind.
In 1996 we made
the decision to share our products with everyone and
built an inspection plant and later expanded in 1999 to
better serve our customers.
Today we produce
10,000 pounds of sausage per week and cook a lot of
Bar-B-Que on Saturday. Every Saturday we serve
Bar-B-Que Brisket, Bar-B-Que Pork Shoulder, Bar-B-Que
Pork Ribs, Bar-B-Que Turkey Breast, Bar-B-Que Sirloin,
Bar-B-Que Chicken and Bar-B-Que Sausage.
Bring your family
and friends and come on in to enjoy a meal with us!
We look forward to seeing you!