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San Antonio’s Smoke Shack opening a meat market this summer

Updated: Sep 10, 2018

By Chuck Blount

Updated 8:17 am CDT, Friday, March 23, 2018

The popular Smoke Shack barbecue restaurant on Broadway is about to get a meat market off-shoot next door.

Owner Chris Conger, told the Express-News on Thursday that he is moving forward with plans to create the Smoke Shack Meat Market at 3710 Broadway. He acquired the property, which had former life as a cellphone sales outlet and a Subway restaurant, about six months ago, but has now secured all the proper permits to demo out the building and proceed with new construction.

If everything goes as planned, Conger is shooting for a June 1 opening.

“Steaks are going to be a big thing,” Conger said. “We’ll cut them to order, so if somebody wants a fresh, 2-inch rib-eye, we’ll have it for them. An

The beef will be sourced by the local Parker Creek Farms located outside of D’Hanis. Parker Creek was recently featured by the Express-News, and maintains a consistent presence at The Pearl Farmers Market on weekends.

Other focuses of the meat market will be four or five blends of house-cured sausage links (pork and beef), fajita meat, charcuterie made locally by Swine House and hot breakfast kolaches.

The space, which will feature a 24-foot-long meat counter, will also act as a to-go Smoke Shack outlet, with vacuum packed meats and sides available in a large fridge.

“We thought this space could take a little pressure off the Smoke Shack,” Conger said. “All I know is meat, and this feels like the right direction to go in.”

Conger and his wife Kate also own and operate The Pigpen bar, located behind the Smoke Shack restaurant and the upcomi

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