New Braunfels, Texas is home to not only home to one of the nation’s best and largest waterparks, the Schlitterbahn, but it is also home to the New Braunfels Smokehouse! The Drink.Eat.Relax. Team had the once in a lifetime opportunity to get a totally behind the scenes tour of the smokehouse and its entire operation. We can’t even begin to tell you how amazed the whole crew was with the operation they run at the smokehouse.
When we first arrived we were greeted by friendly staff and sat in the waiting room. The smell of meat hits you as soon as you walk in the doors. We were asked to put on lab coats, hair nets, baseball hats, and booties to cover our shoes before entering the facilities.
The team getting ready for the tour - what a good lookin bunch in lab coats!
Packaging room where final products are labeled and shipped out.
We were then led through the various rooms including the packaging and labeling room, the room where the cooked meats are finished off with glazes, sliced, and sealed, the hot room where the smokers cook the meat, and the meat waiting rooms where unfinished and/or finished meat wait to be cooked or packaged. Each room is separated and has its own team of workers in each. Workers are designated with different colored uniforms to show which area they work in. Over 100 people work in the factory.
Factory Works hanging strips of bacon to racks to be sent into the smokers.
Refridgerated Room for meats waiting to be smoked.
Not only was the process of packaging and finishing the meats very efficient but this entire factory has to be the cleanest place anyone on the Drink.Eat.Relax Team has ever seen. While walking through the different rooms you are constantly walking through soap and clean water to be sure your shoes don’t track anything from one room to the next. When we got out we all had sparkling clean shoes!
Finished hams waiting to be glazed and sprial slice. Each Ham is sliced individually and done carefully by a worker specific to this station.
Hams being prepped for the Honey Glazing process.
Each Honey Glazed Ham is done by a single person and a torch. Amazing how each ham you get it unique!
Cooked meat is put into containers and taken to the meat packaging room where workers seal and label individual packages.
Bacon hanging on racks in the smokers - now step back and crank that smoker up!
The Smokehouse will smoke sausages, jerky, turkeys, chicken, pheasants, beef brisket, hams, bacon, pastrami, ribs, pork chops and tenderloin. All meats are stored on rolling racks and then rolled into the massive room sized smokers. The best part about the smokehouse is – it used to be a brewery: the New Braunfels Brewery. From brewery to community ice house to smokehouse. The 70+ years of history can be tasted in every delicious bite.
Smoked Sausages waiting to be packaged and shipped.
Factory works load uncooked sausages onto poles and then onto racks to be rolled into the smokers.
If you are ever in Texas be sure to get by the New Braunfels Smokehouse Store located right near the Smokehouse so that you can try out their amazing meats! Can’t make it to Texas? They’ll bring it to you at ……http://www.nbsmokehouse.com/
- The Drink.Eat.Relax. Team