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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Running on E: BBQ Crawl Day 2

O.k., so Kansas City was different than I remembered it. But, the last time I was there I hadn't eaten nearly as much 'que as I have by now-- particularly really good food. I think my taste in bbq has changed, also. I care much more about how the meat is cooked and presented than I do about sauces and rubs.

The last 5 years of regular bbq cooking and eating has led me to a firm belief-- keep it simple, use good cuts of meat and cook it right. That's all that matters-- the best rub or sauce in the world can't save a mediocre cut of meat or one that isn't cooked well. They can add sparkle, but you can't polish a...well, you know.

So, here we go.........

Day 2: Austin, TX

We woke up, jumped in the car and were one our way to Stubb's.



Next up, House Park Bar-B-Que, a tiny little shack of a place open for about 3 hours each day-- from 11-2 or so. They basically serve sandwiches-- and they're some of the best I've had.



I'm skipping ahead to the Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX-- we hit Sam's, Ironworks and more that day, but Salt Lick was pretty special. It's out in the middle of a wooded, ranging area with little else around. Time seems to still here. There's a little running stream visible from the outer dining room. There is no liquor here, so pack a cooler and bring it with you.



Next up: Lockhart, Llano and more....

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7 Comments:

Blogger WhiteTrashBBQ said...

What did you think of Sams? I liked it a lot.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Sam's was kind of mixed-- but we were there right at opening time and I know that it is a place that is more popular a bit later in the day. The folks and the decor were down n' dirty-- in a very good and friendly way, but the food was uneven. GREAT Banana Puddin' and something else....I want to say Mutton or something.....

10:53 PM  
Blogger Eric Devlin said...

Envy and jealousy are bad for the soul, so I'm fighting those impulses. Sounds like an amazing trip.

Eric Devlin

2:22 PM  
Blogger Bradley said...

that all looks frightfully delicious! The cook are at Salt Lick is impressive!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Eric--

I know for a fact that you get to taste plenty of awesome bbq all the time when you see your brethren buddies....That Willie B's BBQ of Long Island is right on....So, don't be jealous!

Bradley-- Don't tell Eric Devlin, but there was some amazing food down there. Wow. You don't get food like that in a place like that, where you know how deep the tradition of the food runs everyday. It's really worth visiting some time.

1:56 PM  
Blogger theblognut said...

Man I miss the Salt Lick!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Janna said...

THE SALT LICK ROCKS!
We had our reception there.
MMMM.
Did you know they have one in Las Vegas now? A more gourmet version, but the Salt Lick all the same.

9:59 AM  

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