Monday, September 21, 2009

Tony's Hill Country Smoked BBQ - Bertram, Texas

sampled about 6:30 pm 9/21/09

Our last stop of the day was the only real disappointment. In terms of funkiness, this place had it in spades over Burnet Feed Store, but the food wasn't close to being in the same league. All the hand lettered signs inside and out reminded me of a Beverly Hillbillies episode where Granny is operating one of her businesses and has Jethro do up all the signage for her. Not faux funk. Real funk. Inside there are picnic tables on a gravel floor and there was a nice sink for washing up at the counter. Behind the counter, which is set off with sliding windows, the little lady running the joint had a big blue lazy boy recliner to await her next customers. It was just an awesome place that clearly someone has put an awful lot of work and love into. Inside they have an extensive menu that runs about 4 feet down the wall and includes both a breakfast menu and one in spanish. Not something you see often in BBQ joints. We picked the 4 meat sampler plate and Scott and I opted to split it as we'd just finished over at the Burnet Feed Store. The 4 meat plate included brisket, sausage, pork ribs, and beef ribs. The brisket was tasty, but it was also very strange. Not exactly BBQ, but more like pot roast made in a crock pot. It was very tender and juicy but zero smoke flavor. It would have made a dynamite roast beef sandwich with some brown gravy. The sausage was a fine grind, not very spicy, and a little chewy. Scott hit the nail on the head when he said it would make a great breakfast sausage. The pork ribs (we just got 2 very small ones) were very tender but did not have much flavor. Definitely no smoke flavor at all. The beef ribs were tough as leather and not a lot of flavor to them. Overall, I'm really glad we stopped there for the experience, but the food was definitely lacking.

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