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San Antonio’s Smoke Shack shut down its barbecue food truck

April 10, 2019

It’s likely the end of an era for a San Antonio barbecue food truck that ushered in the start of Chris and Kate Congers’ thriving Smoke Shack empire in 2012.

Chris Conger said the rustic trailer, which was a fixture inside a former gas station turned pop-up food truck park at the intersection of Nacogdoches Road and Loop 410, was retired a few weeks ago due to a need for significant repairs to the aging unit.

“Might put it out there in the future, but it needs a lot of work,” Conger said via text message.

Since the debut of the truck, Conger has opened three food properties on Broadway across the street from the Witte Museum: The Smoke Shack, Smoke Shack Meat Market and The Pigpen.

The Smoke Shack was named one of the Top 10 barbecue destinations in the 2018 Express-News “52 Weeks of BBQ” series, and was recently profiled by Guy Fieri’s “Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives” show on the Food Network in November.

The Smoke Shack has been replaced by Naco Mexican Eatery, a 1-year-old food truck run by owner/chef Francisco Estrada.

The Naco menu is heavy on chilaquiles with all the standard meats, including Estrada’s take on a well-seasoned Mexican brisket. There is also a traditional taco and torta menu with sides of black beans, organic potato chips and salsa.

“Everything is made fresh every day,” Estrada said. “Business has been good since taking over this space.”

Smoke Shack, 3714 Broadway, 210-957-1430. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Online: smokeshacksa.com

Naco Mexican Eatery, 2347 Nacogdoches Road, 210-996-1033. Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Facebook: nacomexican

Chuck Blount is a food writer and columnist covering all things grilled and smoked in the San Antonio area. Find his Chuck’s Food Shack columns on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com, or read his other coverage on our free site, mySA.com. | cblount@express-news.net | Twitter: @chuck_blount   | Instagram: @bbqdiver