Brisket. Sausage. Beef ribs. Barbacoa. There are all kinds of barbecue stories to be found in Texas. One of them comes from Richard Lopez, who makes all kinds of barbecue. Richard is the third-generation owner of the Gonzales Food Market in Gonzales. Richard grew up in Gonzales, working in the market alongside numerous cousins and extended family members. When his father decided to retire, Richard, who spent twenty years working for the corporate grocery chain Albertson’s, was eager to continue a family tradition. Because of the family’s dedication to the business, Gonzales Food Market is well known for all it makes: brisket, ribs, pork. But the place is even better known for its sausage, which is still made fresh, by hand, in the back of the shop. It’s made following the fifty-year-old recipe that Richard’s grandfather obtained from on old friend, Fermin Cantu, when he decided to open the place in 1958. Today, the market is operated by multiple generations of the Lopez family. As Richard says, “What we were making in 1958, we’re making today. Without these people, the tradition and the success would never have happened.”
Meet Richard Lopez:
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