Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5th Annual Gettin' Sauced, Austin

Sampled 10/19/14 2:30-6:30 pm   http://www.gettinsauced.com/
This was the fifth annual Gettin' Sauced, but this was the first time Scott and I were able to attend.  We had a great time.  As usual we purchased VIP tickets to get a jump on the BBQ.  We were first in line for check-in at the VIP booth well before the 2:30 pm opening.  Drew greeted us then finished his instructions to the volunteers at the check-in booth.  We hung around the official "milling around area" until he came back down the path and opened the gates right on time.
We followed the path around to the BBQ Barn where 12 fine BBQ joints were in residence with samples for all.
Inside the BBQ Barn we gathered samples station by station.  As usual at these events, the samples varied widely in both quantity and quality.  Some would give you a small sample of meat, others nearly a whole meal.  Pulled pork seemed to be a popular item this day with several offering it either as a sandwich or as just a meat sample.  All the food was good, but I was a bit disappointed in the lack of smoke flavor in most items.  Black's brisket and Snow's turkey were the only two meats with discernible smoke flavor.  
That didn't stop us from scarfing down all the other morsels.  We managed to make it through all the food booths before the general admission folks came in at 3 pm.  Good thing, too, as the lines swelled and the BBQ Barn became a busy place. 
We spent the rest of the day lounging at the picnic tables under the huge pecan tree sampling the tasty craft beers provided by several local breweries.  The VIP ticket included 3 beverage coupons, but the lovely beer fairy passed among us several times passing out extra coupons and leading to a whole new meaning for the name "Gettin' Sauced".  All the beer was excellent but I especially liked the Black Lab Porter served by Middleton.
Oh, and this one:   http://www.independencebrewing.com/our-beers/seasonal/oklahoma-suks/
The venue was great with plenty of seating and shade.  This was a laid back event with none of the overcrowding present at some other events.  There was lots of room to stretch out and enjoy the live music and the beautiful weather.

The day finished with a beautiful sunset and a designated driver.  Thank goodness for the designated driver!!
Another post follows below with food pictures and a few other shots from the party.  Congrats to Drew and the Man-Up crew for a very fun event.

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