Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kreuz sausage by mail

Kreuz sent me an e-mail advertising a summer sausage sale and you can guess what happened next.  I was happy to add some of their excellent jalapeno cheddar sausage to my freezer and it was a lot cheaper than driving to Lockhart and back.

The sausage was sent on Monday and I had them Tuesday at noon, still well frozen thanks to some dry ice.  The only bad thing is I have to wait til it thaws to eat some.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Backyard ribs part 2

We did the second rack a tad different.  First I had to cut the end off because it was too long for our little bullet smoker.  I used the same rub and my Mrs ran the smoker for 3 hours.   She kept the smoke pouring out for the whole duration.  Then we wrapped in foil and finished the last hour in the oven at 250 degrees.  Tenderness and moisture were spot on but the smoke flavor was still minimal.  That didn't prevent us from eating them up.

We're going to try her secret chicken technique on our next batch of ribs and see if that improves the smoke flavor.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Backyard rib time part 1

smoked 7/7/15
The Mrs spotted some bargain spare ribs on sale so she grabbed a couple of racks for our little bullet smoker.  After trimming and removing the membrane, I coated both sides with a little soy sauce and some North Main BBQ All N One seasoning.  The ribs spent 2 hours on our little smoker, then I wrapped them in foil and they spent another 2 hours in the oven at 275 degrees.  They came out very moist and falling off the bone but no smoke flavor that I could discern.  Dang it.  We still managed to eat 'em up.  We will try again with the second rack this weekend and my wife is going to do her smoke tricks on 'em.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Brisket thief causes fire at Bet the House BBQ in Denton

I saw several stories on the local news last night about a brisket thief up in Denton.  Some idiot pulled up behind Bet the House BBQ, broke into their smoker shed at 4 am, and stole one half-cooked brisket.  Then to make matters worse, he left the door to the smoker open causing a grease fire and burning up over $700 worth of meat.  Damage to the smoker and shed totaled over $4000.  They have some decent video of the moron's car with a bicycle on the back.  It shouldn't be too hard to find, so I hope he gets his just desserts to go along with his half-cooked brisket.  Here's links to some of the local news stories.  You might have to wait for an ad to get to the story.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


sampled 6/16/15

With my Mrs out of town and a 3 day monsoon from a tropical storm on the way up from the Gulf of Mexico, I decided I needed to stock up on supplies.  A quick trip down to Pecan Lodge for 2 whole briskets seemed to be just the ticket.  I got there about 11:15 and found a meter just around the corner on Commerce Street for 25 cents. I was in and out of the express line in just 10 minutes.  The amazing thing is there was NO LINE at Pecan Lodge!  There were a few sprinkles outside and I guess that's all it takes.  Something I shall remember for the future.  Wake me up from my meat coma when the storm passes...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Lewisville to Denton along I-35E

Sampled 5/16/15
Scott has been after me all year to do a trip up I-35E to sample the many BBQ joints between here and Denton.  We couldn't get our schedules to jive til this weekend and I'm happy to report it is down and done.  We sampled seven joints, found two MIA, and skipped just one, in under five hours.  Honestly, I was not expecting a lot of great meats on this jaunt and that proved to be the case.  Most meals we just sampled a few bites of everything, then moved on to the next.  I can't say we had a bad meal anywhere, but it was a lot of average BBQ.  None of the places we visited would warrant a return trip, especially with the current construction and resulting horrendous traffic on I-35.

Photos from the trip and a few comments follow below.

We found Sweet Y BBQ and Gold Mine BBQ, both in Denton, to be missing in action and presumed closed.

The fun thing about a little road trip like this is the interesting sights along the way.  Like this billboard suggesting a real estate agent can help you out of the zombie apocalypse.
As always, you can click on any photo for a larger view.

Metzler's BBQ, Denton, Texas

sampled 5/16/15 around 3:15 pm
More friendly folks and more average BBQ.  Another sit down joint with waitress service.
When I only ordered one side of mac and cheese, the nice waitress just gave me a double helping.  Too bad it was very average.  The brisket was very overcooked and mushy to chew.  Ribs were the opposite and a bit too chewy. No smoke flavor in anything.  The average sausage appeared to have been heated up on a grill but it didn't add much to the flavor.