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Gabi's Smoke Shack: The Go-To Place for Texas BBQ in New Hampshire

By S. Mathur

When it comes to Texas BBQ in New Hampshire, Gabi's Smoke Shack is the hands down winner. That's because people who know BBQ can tell when it's done right. Owner Anthony Martino says that "Our catering menu is simple: Texas BBQ consisting of beef brisket, pulled pork, dry rub pork ribs, smoked chicken and Texas hot links. With some great smoked wings. Along with usual side dishes: potato salad, coleslaw, mac n cheese, beans and rice, corn bread and dessert."

This simple menu is served from a food truck that does take outs as well as catering. It's not just the quality of the food but also the customer service that sets apart the catering business from others. Martino explains that "We are a small family run catering company that prides itself on attention to the details. We recently opened a catering kitchen / take out location in Londonderry at 217 Rockingham Rd. This gives us the opportunity to service smaller parties with either delivery or pick up."

Gabi's Smoke Shack claims to give you a little bit of Texas in every bite of the low n slow cooked BBQ. The 20-foot mobile kitchen has an Ole Hickory Pit and can cook on site. The catering service can handle parties of any size "with all the bells and whistles you would expect of a down home Texas BBQ," says Martino. This means that they will do all the work, from setting up to serving to clean up.

The Texas style BBQ is a big hit at corporate and private functions. It's also a great take-out for those days when you just don't feel like cooking. The desserts deserve a special mention: there are whoopee pies, peach cobbler and chocolate Texas sheet cake.

Martino had years of experience in food service, from fast food to fine dining, before opening the Smoke Shack in 2011. He spent the ten years preceding perfecting his recipes, and they invariably get the right response, he says: "I get the most pleasure from someone tasting my Texas style BBQ for the first time, that appreciative nod, they then know what true BBQ should taste like."

That's because grilling and BBQ are not the same thing. Martino shares some trade secrets on his blog, where he says the difference is that grilling can prepare a meal in just about 30 minutes but a low and slow BBQ can take as long as twelve hours. The old school way of BBQ takes a lot of effort. Getting to know your smoker and different types of woods, and perfecting the rubs and sauces is an important part of the process. The good part is that your family and friends will love you for asking them to taste your experiments in BBQ.

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