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Gore
03-21-2014, 06:20 PM
I'm off to Austin for a few days next week for a couple days. I've got sort of a full schedule so Franklin's is probably not gonna happen. I was wondering if there was anyplace else to get some decent pulled pork and BBQ chicken. :becky:

I should get in about 2:00pm Tuesday and will have that day free.

gtr
03-21-2014, 06:24 PM
How long are you gonna be there? I'll be there Friday-Sunday (arrive Thurs. nite) next week. I will be going to Franklin's on Friday and planning the rest of the eats for the weekend while waiting.

FatCoyote
03-21-2014, 06:59 PM
There are an immense number of bbq joints in Austin. Most (not all) are very good and are considered fantastic in other parts of the state due to the quality of bbq here. What part of Austin are you going to be in? .

Gore
03-21-2014, 07:44 PM
How long are you gonna be there? I'll be there Friday-Sunday (arrive Thurs. nite) next week. I will be going to Franklin's on Friday and planning the rest of the eats for the weekend while waiting.

Arrrrrgh! The workshop :becky: is going to keep me completely busy all of Thursday and also Friday morning, but I think we're done Friday morning at something like 10:30am. Theoretically I could meet you at Franklins, but I think if I showed up and met you in line, wouldn't they shoot me? :shock:


There are an immense number of bbq joints in Austin. Most (not all) are very good and are considered fantastic in other parts of the state due to the quality of bbq here. What part of Austin are you going to be in? .

Fark if I know. :noidea: I think I'm at the Hilton downtown Wed-Fri. Tuesday I'm at the Renaissance because the Hilton was booked. I have no idea where any of that is, but I'll have a car. I was thinking I'd just drive to Lockhart from the airport and drive back to Austin after I had 3 dinners or so. I was also thinking about Mueller's ...., maybe Wednesday.

FatCoyote
03-21-2014, 08:20 PM
Arrrrrgh! The workshop :becky: is going to keep me completely busy all of Thursday and also Friday morning, but I think we're done Friday morning at something like 10:30am. Theoretically I could meet you at Franklins, but I think if I showed up and met you in line, wouldn't they shoot me? :shock:




Fark if I know. :noidea: I think I'm at the Hilton downtown Wed-Fri. Tuesday I'm at the Renaissance because the Hilton was booked. I have no idea where any of that is, but I'll have a car. I was thinking I'd just drive to Lockhart from the airport and drive back to Austin after I had 3 dinners or so. I was also thinking about Mueller's ...., maybe Wednesday.


From where you are staying at Id hit the Pit on Burnet, Iron Works downtown, Sams on 12th, Stiles on N. Lamar, Mettles on Calles St. That should have you set. If you want more upscale I can send you a list of those however they are more of an experience that taste. Also, since you are staying downtown one day you may be able to hit Franklins (Ill meet you if you like, but there are places just as good without the wait or cost).

JABonk
03-22-2014, 06:58 AM
Guys I'm in! Just tell me when and where?! I am driving my family to Austin to visit my in laws. I'm hoping to get there around noon on Tuesday. Last year was the first time I have been to Franklin's and it was great. I do however make 1 if not 2 trips to Lockhart every time we visit. Last year Black's had probably the best brisket I've ever eaten. Kreutz and Smitty's both have great hot links. Man is this making me hungry!

Gore
03-22-2014, 10:09 AM
Fark, I knew I should have made this workshop longer!

My plane doesn't land until about noon. I am thinking of just driving straight to Lockhart and not leaving until evening. I will be freeish Wednesday until about mid-afternoon. I will then be completely tied up until about 10:00am Friday. My plane flies out at about 1600ish. I would love to go to Franklin's but considering my schedule and the number of other places, I think it would be a bit silly. I'm actually just as interested in visiting Mueller's trailer, and am thinking to do that Wednesday lunch. I also would love to meet gtr at Franklin's on Friday at 10:00, but I hate to be a line-cutter. Advice?

gtr
03-22-2014, 10:35 AM
It'll be me and my sister in line - I think if you walked up it should be ok as it wouldn't be like one person holding a spot for a group of people. I'll warm up the crowd before you get there - maybe I'll tell 'em my lover is showing up later or something like that. :thumb:

Seriously - I think it'd be fine. If turns out to be a problem, we'll order to go and bring it out and we'll feast. :hungry:

And Fat Coyote and JBonk - I'm thinking we get there at 8am on Friday. If y'all wanna meat up that'd be killer!

We'll be hitting some other joints in Austin and going to Lockhart and maybe places like Snow's and Taylor over the weekend.

bbq.tom
03-22-2014, 10:40 AM
Advice?

GO AND EAT!

I'd try to hit ALL that I could, even at the expense of NOT going to Franklin's. As you know, this advice IS coming from someone who has been known to eat at 3-4 Q-joints in the same day!

Have a GREAT time Gore, and then tell us all about your experiences!

Gore
03-22-2014, 11:35 AM
It'll be me and my sister in line - I think if you walked up it should be ok as it wouldn't be like one person holding a spot for a group of people. I'll warm up the crowd before you get there - maybe I'll tell 'em my lover is showing up later or something like that. :thumb:

Seriously - I think it'd be fine. If turns out to be a problem, we'll order to go and bring it out and we'll feast. :hungry:

And Fat Coyote and JBonk - I'm thinking we get there at 8am on Friday. If y'all wanna meat up that'd be killer!

We'll be hitting some other joints in Austin and going to Lockhart and maybe places like Snow's and Taylor over the weekend.

OK, I'll try to get there as soon as I can, but expect I can make it by 1000ish. Looks like they have us finishing up around 9:00am. What farker made that schedule anyway? :roll:

Incidentally, can you wear that pig head so I can recognize you? :becky:

Advice?

GO AND EAT!

I'd try to hit ALL that I could, even at the expense of NOT going to Franklin's. As you know, this advice IS coming from someone who has been known to eat at 3-4 Q-joints in the same day!

Have a GREAT time Gore, and then tell us all about your experiences!

Yeah Tom, you bet I will. That was the point of the workshop. :becky: Incidentally, I should be at RTP the following Monday and Tuesday (March 31). I should be at the Blue Note Tuesday at 8:00ish if you're interested. I know it's late for a school night. :becky:

Gore
03-22-2014, 11:40 AM
If nobody has to work this Tuesday, I've talked with my co-chair and we'll be having a pre-workshop session in Lockhart in the afternoon. My plane arrives at 1215. We'll be starting at Black's. I don't think I could get there before 1330. If anyone is interested, I'll be the one who looks like an Idiot. :thumb:

frognot
03-22-2014, 03:39 PM
Wish i could join y'all!

Hope y'all have a great time!

gtr
03-22-2014, 04:00 PM
The pig head is now stock, and I don't think I should be dumping it over my head that early in the day.

Look for one of these farkers on Friday.


http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=494&pictureid=7892

(pic taken by CD)

Gore
03-22-2014, 04:09 PM
The pig head is now stock, and I don't think I should be dumping it over my head that early in the day.

Look for one of these farkers on Friday.


http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=494&pictureid=7892

(pic taken by CD)

Well, I recognize you, but which one is your sister?

gtr
03-22-2014, 04:14 PM
She's the one who isn't there.

So just look for any chick who isn't in that pic and it may just be my sister. :thumb:

Gore
03-22-2014, 04:38 PM
She's the one who isn't there.

So just look for any chick who isn't in that pic and it may just be my sister. :thumb:


Cool! I think I found her pic on the internet, ... at least I notice the resemblance.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YR0CgT9oNdg/T6JS2P3UCyI/AAAAAAAACvw/_w2jed4kztA/s320/pig+mask+woman.jpg

bbq.tom
03-23-2014, 09:52 PM
Yeah Tom, you bet I will. That was the point of the workshop. :becky: Incidentally, I should be at RTP the following Monday and Tuesday (March 31). I should be at the Blue Note Tuesday at 8:00ish if you're interested. I know it's late for a school night. :becky:

No guarentees, but I'll see what I can do!
Good luck and have fun!!!

SmokinJohn
03-24-2014, 10:54 AM
I am totally jealous of all of you farkers. You better take pix!

Gore
03-25-2014, 07:29 AM
We've run into some flight delays that are setting us back. We also have to take care of some business. Currently looking at meeting at Black's ~5:00 and we'll go from there. Of course, I expect I'm the only one on this site who will be there.

JABonk
03-25-2014, 08:22 AM
I just logged in to say I won't make Lockhart by 2. I am in at 5 if you want some company?.

Gore
03-25-2014, 01:59 PM
OK, will be at Black's at 5:00. :thumb:

palmtreefrb
03-25-2014, 02:13 PM
OK, will be at Black's at 5:00. :thumb:

Yummmmm, was there this time last year...
Beef rib was awesome :thumb:

http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a637/palmtreefrb/20130220_105820_zpsfbbe2fbc.jpg (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/palmtreefrb/media/20130220_105820_zpsfbbe2fbc.jpg.html)

landarc
03-25-2014, 02:53 PM
Remember, you have to wear a hipster beanie

Gore
03-29-2014, 07:02 PM
Tuesday:

Sorry this is a bit late, but I've been busy. I arrived in Austin on Tuesday afternoon. Matt's plane was late, so we didn't actually meet until close to 5:00pm. Jason showed up right when I did and Matt showed up about a minute later. It was great to meet Jason there. I still can hardly believe he drove all the way from Canada just to meet us at Lockhart. Here is what it looked like when I showed up:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1164.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1164.jpg.html)

I pretty much stuck with the meat option the entire time. The food at Black's was a notch above that of the other two members of the holy BBQ trinity. Brisket was tender, juicy and delicious and the rib was fabulous:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1165.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1165.jpg.html)

The inside was the most comfortable too,

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1166.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1166.jpg.html)

but no time for dilly-dallying as we were on a mission. While in Black's we discovered that Smitty's closed at 6:00pm, so we figured we better head there next, and fast, if we were going to make all three stations of the Q. It was about 1.1 miles on the GPS. Walking, however, it was only about 3 blocks and took us no more than 5 minutes, to get to the center of town:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1167.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1167.jpg.html)

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1174.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1174.jpg.html)

Smitty's was fabulous. It was like visiting a museum. There's been much discussed about the pits in these pages, so I'm just going to post one pic I took:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1170.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1170.jpg.html)

Inside had a great feel:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1172.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1172.jpg.html)

My caloric intake was reduced. I decided to go with a pork rib (sacrilege), a slice of brisket and sausage. The bread was strictly for decoration:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1173.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1173.jpg.html)

The brisket was noticeably undercooked, the rib actually was quite nice and the sausage was fabulous. I love dry sausage and this really hit the spot for me. Next, we were off to Kreuz. This is the farthest station, nearer the highway, and probably a 10 minute walk from Smitty's. We appreciated the walk at this point. This is by far the largest, and from the looks, can handle thousands of pilgrims.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1175.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1175.jpg.html).

We walked around and entered from the front,

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1176.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1176.jpg.html)

by the woodpile:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1178.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1178.jpg.html)

They're plenty serious here:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1179.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1179.jpg.html)

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1181.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1181.jpg.html)

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1189.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1189.jpg.html)

They were getting down to the bottom of their brisket run when they got to me, and I actually just had a load of bark:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1183.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1183.jpg.html)

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1184.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1184.jpg.html)

I'm showing Jason's plate here:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1187.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1187.jpg.html)

and that wrapped up my first ~ 5 hours in Austin. I'd like to thank Brother Jason for meeting us there. It really made it special and he was a fabulous host and tour guide. :thumb:

Gore
03-29-2014, 07:12 PM
Wednesday:

The plan was to get to John Mueller's for lunch. It was about a 1.5 mile walk from the hotel. It is located in what appears to be the backyard of a house-like building. Unfortunately, when we got there, ... it was closed. :sad:

http://www.johnmuellermeatco.com/home/

Fark, who closes on Wednesday! :noidea:

On our way, we noticed a line outside another BBQ trailer called, "la Barbecue." We decided to eat there on the way back. After the night before, we really worked up an appetite. The line seemed to take forever:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1190.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1190.jpg.html)

and those white cards on the menu covered items they were sold out of. :scared: Luckily, they still had brisket. I was thinking to get 1/4 pound, as I was still stuffed from the night before, but when I got to the front of the line and saw the brisket I ordered a pound. I got the chipotle coleslaw to go with it and the beer is free! This was some of the best brisket I had during the stay. It was cooked to perfection and the bark was fabulous.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1191.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1191.jpg.html)

That evening we had our workshop dinner at Ironworks BBQ, on recommendation -- and also because they would take a reservation and they were nearby. The brisket was undercooked, but I enjoyed the beef rib and the sausage.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1192.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1192.jpg.html)

The creamed corn and coleslaw also were very nice. Many people raved about the creamed corn.

Gore
03-29-2014, 07:31 PM
Friday:

Friday was another really special day. I finally got to meet our world-famous brother Greg, who I've known in these pages for many years. As you're aware by now, he saved me a place in line at Franklin's BBQ, where he'd been waiting for nigh on three days.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1193.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1193.jpg.html)

Even at 10:00am when I finally ditched the others, this is what the line looked like:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1194.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1194.jpg.html)

But here we are in the shade:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1196.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1196.jpg.html)

Just 35 people between us and Nirvana:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1197.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1197.jpg.html)

By 11:00, the line started to move

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1198.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1198.jpg.html)

I'm the fat one on the right :tsk:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1199.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1199.jpg.html)

Fark, I'm getting old. :tsk:

Despite all the people in front of us, the place was practically empty inside :shock:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1200.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1200.jpg.html)

They do not serve beef ribs, but I decided to get a pork rib to go with the brisket:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1202.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1202.jpg.html)

Greg and his sister were a bit hungrier. I believe they got 2 pounds of sausage and 5 pounds of turkey to go with their 10 pounds of brisket. Greg ate most of it by the time I took this picture:

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1203.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1203.jpg.html)

but he had a little help from his sister

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1205.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/gvideen/media/Austin/IMG_1205.jpg.html)

Fark, it was really REALLY good. The brisket was fabulous, really like nothing I've eaten before. The rib was good, but the brisket was REALLY great. The sausage was on the fatty side for me and I would gladly have skipped that altogether. The brisket more than made up for it though. Since I still had about an hour before I had to head to the airport, we decided to try John Mueller's again. We got there at 12:30, ... and he'd locked the gate already, sold out .... arrrrrrgh! I guess I'll just have to plan another workshop. :becky:

Of course as much as I enjoyed the brisket (did I fail to mention that it was really, really good?), the best part of the day for me was finally meeting gtr and his sister. I think we might have to have a workshop in Nashville next.

N8man
03-29-2014, 07:36 PM
Dangitall....now I'm starving.....



gtr, NICE shirt, by the way!!!!
http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Austin/IMG_1205.jpg

Gore
03-29-2014, 07:52 PM
Dangitall....now I'm starving.....

gtr, NICE shirt, by the way!!!!


Gtr is on the left and quit staring at his sister's chest. :tsk:

landarc
03-29-2014, 08:31 PM
Hey, is Greg's sister single?

I mean, that is some great looking meat. Now I want some sausage and brisket.

bbq.tom
03-30-2014, 06:31 AM
THANKS for sharing Gorden!!!

See you Tuesday night!

sliding_billy
03-30-2014, 07:20 AM
Great pics. Looks like a blast.

peeps
03-30-2014, 08:59 AM
Thanks for the excellent report, Gore!!! Looks like you had some fabulous grub!!!

gtr
03-30-2014, 03:39 PM
Excellent reportage Gore! It was killer meeting you and having such a fantastic meal with you. I really hope that happens again - it was a great time.

My sis and I hit 2 more places that night, 4 the next day, and got to John Meuller's today. I'll be putting up some pix later, maybe tomorrow. I think we're going to Torchy's Tacos now because there may be a millimeter of space in our stomachs. :tsk:

If I ate like this for one more day I think I would probably die. I'd die happy, but I'd die nonetheless.
They got some unbelievable food out this way. :shocked:

Moose
03-30-2014, 08:08 PM
Wow, great narrative, both words and pics! Thanks, Gore! If you're ever coming out to SoCal, let us know!