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lantern
02-11-2014, 11:32 AM
Alright. For a NC boy mapping out a BBQ crawl in Texas during the week of the next USGP at The Circuit of the Americas(and a little after) I've noticed some seriously negative remarks by my brethren. More so than the usual difference in BBQ opinion.

So.... What are the reasons for such negative feedback. And should I scratch them off the list completely since there's only room for about 6 places on my list?

LEGENDS BBQ
02-11-2014, 11:48 AM
My personal opinion... Go for sure I've never had a bad meal there!

sliding_billy
02-11-2014, 11:50 AM
It is a cool place to visit (the original), so if you have a few hours to kill it is worth the trek from Austin to see it and maybe get a very small bite. I can only speak for myself, but my biggest issue is their flavor profile. While they advertise the open pit cooking method, what they actually do is cook in a few large gas fed cookers then refrigerate the meat before finishing it off on the open pit. While on the open pit, they baste everything with their signature sauce. There are some weird overtones (almost Asian but not in a good way) to the sauce and honestly all of the meats start to taste the same. Their sides are very different. Some folks love them, and some hate them. I simply cannot eat them because they use sesame (I am very allergic) in pretty much everything (bread, warm potato salad, coleslaw and even pickles). I would probably skip it unless you are really in the mood for AYCE. $20 family style is still a pretty good deal. Also, they do not take credit or debit cards but do have a cash machine onsite. Might as well just have a sign up that says "tax evasion." :wink: Too many better places to keep them on the list... Franklin, John Mueller, Louie Mueller, Black's, Chisholm, Kreuz, Smitty's, Snows, La Barbecue to name a few. Add Miller's, City Market and Cooper's a little bit further out and you have plenty of options.

P.S. When you say crawl through Texas, are you only looking for Central Texas options? Plenty of good grub to be had in other parts of the state as well.

Jayson
02-11-2014, 12:30 PM
The COA is far out east and SL is far out west. Neither is close to central Austin. The traffic will be lousy and of course you will bus to the COA unless you are a PC. FM 1826 where the SL is located is a two lane road. Not worth the drive IMO. The cops will be out in force BTW.

billy above has a good list to try out. Some on his list are in Lockhart, which is a good ways from town and in the direction of the COA and again the traffic. I would rather wait in line at Franklin's than wait in the traffic. Then again during COA Franklin's wait line will be a mile long and of course the far end of the line folks better bring a sandwich since they won't get any BBQ.

I you are only in town a short while getting much done will eat your schedule up. Your best bet is come early and stay late. Bottom line is don't waste your time on an average experience in terms of the food. Black's BBQ would not be on my list.
Good luck!

Jsn

Jayson
02-11-2014, 02:31 PM
If you really want to taste Salt Lick BBQ the easy way . Get some at the airport on the way in or out of town. They have the very best BBQ at the airport. ;)

Jsn

cpw
02-11-2014, 02:53 PM
I don't have a problem with it, but it was several years ago that I tried it and it was my first experience with real smoked BBQ. They catered a wedding I went to in Austin and I'd never had brisket before. I've been hooked ever since.

IamMadMan
02-11-2014, 02:59 PM
I went there last summer when we were in San Antonio, well worth the drive..

I would also suggest going to Kreuz Market in Lockhart.

The_Kapn
02-11-2014, 03:11 PM
Mrs Kapn and I went to the Driftwood location a few years back with Ggellman and his lovely wife.
Great time with some really good food.
We got several different meats and sides and then sampled around the table.

Really Good Eats for commercial BBQ.

TIM

lantern
02-11-2014, 05:49 PM
Billy and Jayson,

Thanks a lot. Yes, it's gonna be a crawl with 3 days of F1 in between. I'm planning on 5 days for BBQ and culture and 2.5-3 days for my beloved F1. Flying out and renting a car for my travels. I reckon a radius of about 150 miles seems about right but if the food is good enough(bbq or WHATEVER) I've been known to travel 350 miles on a TUESDAY during the work week. LOL!!


After 10 years of doing this routine for the USGP in Indy I missed the First and second USGP at CoTA. Not happy about it, but finances are what they are. LOL

coastal
02-12-2014, 01:19 PM
The atmosphere is worth it alone, and the food is good. I have had better Q, but its still top notch and I like their sauce. I make my own sauce as close to salt lick style as I can get. My personal favorite is John Mueller Meat Co. in austin

Jayson
02-13-2014, 07:38 AM
Billy and Jayson,

Thanks a lot. Yes, it's gonna be a crawl with 3 days of F1 in between. I'm planning on 5 days for BBQ and culture and 2.5-3 days for my beloved F1. Flying out and renting a car for my travels. I reckon a radius of about 150 miles seems about right but if the food is good enough(bbq or WHATEVER) I've been known to travel 350 miles on a TUESDAY during the work week. LOL!!


After 10 years of doing this routine for the USGP in Indy I missed the First and second USGP at CoTA. Not happy about it, but finances are what they are. LOL

Very welcome! Lockhart is about 30 miles SE of Austin and has a good concentration of well known BBQ restaurants. If you get out west check out Coopers in Llano. The drive there will give you also a taste of what the Hill country looks like. It's around 75 miles to Llano. Have fun and safe travels!

Jsn

AZScott
02-13-2014, 09:01 PM
I wouldn't miss the experience. The reason it gets downplayed is because there are some places close by with amazing BBQ. Franklin, la Barbecue, and John Mueller I'm looking at you. I'll always remember my firs trip to the Salt Lick and it definitely influenced me in a major way.

RangerJ
02-15-2014, 01:23 PM
I wouldn't miss the experience. The reason it gets downplayed is because there are some places close by with amazing BBQ. Franklin, la Barbecue, and John Mueller I'm looking at you. I'll always remember my firs trip to the Salt Lick and it definitely influenced me in a major way.

This applies to many of us from Texas.

My real issue with the Salt Lick now is not that I know its just "finished" on the open pit. Its all the development on the I35 corridor and the Driftwood area.

Lots of memories of driving "out to the Salt Lick", with a bunch of friends and family with an ice chest full of beer, listening to live music while waiting on your table.

You still get that, but the the big city is encroaching on all sides.

Found these from 2009, sure there's better Que in Austin but overall, its a lot of fun.

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AZScott
02-15-2014, 10:53 PM
You make a good point. It used to be a drive with very little around. I'm always shocked how much that area is growing every time I visit.