Saturday, November 10th at 1 pm for the people's choice BBQ sampling. Always a fun event and a good feed for just $25. Thanks to Scott for the tip that tix are on sale.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Saturday, August 25, 2018
We were in Denton for an event and took the opportunity to visit BTH BBQ once again. I was intrigued by the smoked cheeseburger and My Mrs got the brisket quesadillas.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Saturday, August 11, 2018
I first heard about this event, almost by accident, just a few weeks ago. I found a site promising 20 of the best BBQ joints in DFW would be there, but no list. 11 days before the event, a list of 12 joints finally showed up and it looked good enough to take a chance on. The $50 ticket price helped. A few days later the list increased to 16 joints and things looked even better.
Of the 16 BBQ joints listed on their last list, only 12 were actually there. Off the Bone, Panther City BBQ, RHBQ, and Winner's BBQ were not to be found. We made up for that by returning to some of our favorites and having seconds.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Another place I had sampled at a BBQ festival or two but the first time I had visited their restaurant. Inside the historic old building it appears to be more of a bar than a restaurant, with about half the space taken up by the bar. There is some upstairs space as well, but we just sat at the bar and didn't wander up the stairs.
The friendly bartender took our order and it was out quickly. Dave thought the brisket was a bit overcooked, but it was not mushy at all to me. It passed the pull apart test nicely and the fat was well rendered. I detected more smoke flavor in the brisket here than in any other brisket we had. The ribs were tasty and the sausage was excellent. It was supposed to be jalapeno cheddar but I never detected any cheese. There was good pepper content and the medium grind had some great beefy flavor with a kick. This was the best sausage I had this trip and I got another 2 pounds to go.
Interestingly, the bartender told us they make their sausage in one long coil instead of tying off links. Then it is just sliced as needed.
Dave had heard good things about this trailer but we must have hit them on an off day. The brisket was badly undercooked and we literally could not pull it apart for the pull apart test. That was despite the fact that this was some of the thinnest sliced brisket we saw this trip. The ribs were similarly tough and had a rub I did not care for. The sausage was average. Hopefully we were just there on an off day. The folks there were very friendly and they share indoor space with the adjacent taco stand so you can eat in air conditioned comfort.
Located in far south Austin, this is a joint about which we had heard some rave reviews. They were not wrong. Dave and I both felt this was the best stop on our mini BBQ trip. The best ribs and brisket we had and some good sausage that made a great taco on their hot and fresh tortillas. If they can keep this consistency they will probably make Texas Monthly's next Top 50 list.
Unfortunately, my little camera must have been sitting too close to the AC vent on the ride down as most of my photos have a fogged up lens! Lesson learned. Luckily by the time our excellent food came out it had cleared up.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
We had planned to stop by Micklethwait to pick up some sausage to go, but when we found Kerlin on vacation we decided to eat there, too. We pulled up a little before noon and found there was no line at all. We even got a parking space in the shade. I was a bit surprised as Franklin's, right down the street, was also closed for vacation. I figured some of the Franklin crowd might have moseyed down the street. Today they had two different types of sausage so we got a half pound mix to sample them both, along with our standard half pound moist brisket and 2 spare ribs.
The ribs were excellent and the brisket was perfectly cooked. Of the two sausage types I preferred the Bier Wurst and also picked up a couple of pounds to go. Sadly their excellent home made moon pies were not in the current rotation, so we skipped dessert. Good eatin' at Micklethwait, as always.
A trip to Austin to pick up my new computer system turned int a mini BBQ tour with my buddy Dave. Our first stop was at La Barbecue. I had sampled their fare several times at BBQ festivals but this was my first opportunity to visit their restaurant.
We lined up a little before 11 am and waited for opening.
Despite the relatively short line in front of us, a few large orders at the front had us waiting about 30 minutes to order food. After reaching the front, we got a nice little sample of brisket (a Mueller tradition) and ordered our standard order of 1/2 pound brisket from the fatty end, 2 spare ribs, and 2 chipotle sausage links.
Sadly, the brisket was overcooked and mushy. There was no hope of picking up a slice for the pull apart test as it just crumbled apart. It was full of great moisture but there was no discernible smoke flavor.
The ribs were better, with good pork flavor and none of the mushyness. I enjoyed the sausage which had a good moisture content. Not too wet, not too dry, with a medium grind. I didn't get much chipotle flavor or spiciness, but it was good average sausage.