Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Sausage Kings of Austin 2017

There are so many cool food events that Austin can host on any given night. Last Thursday, Amber and I attended the 2nd Annual The Sausage Kings of Austin put on 365 Things Austin at St Elmo Brewing Company. We had a good time and enjoyed some tasty brews and bites. My photo recap of the event:
Dampf- Hefeweizen-style beer. One of my new favorite brews
Salt and Time - Beer battered kielbasa
Frank - Angus stout boudin balls with pimento beer cheese
Easy Tiger - Green chili, Chico pale ale-smoked pork sausage with cheddar & bacon
Banger's - "Smoaked" sausage : Lockhart-style BBQ beef sausage smoked with post oak
Banger's : Sausage with baked beans & honey lime slaw
Leroy & Lewis : Beef & broccoli boudin and arroz con pollo
Micklethwait : Carl Kölsch beer brat with gouda cheese
Micklethwait : Carl Kölsch beer brat with gouda cheese
Soursop : Northern Thai grilled pork sausage with mustard, aioli, relish & onions
La Barbecue : Chipotle sausage
I was not surprised that so many BBQ joints were represented at this event. Evan Leroy (formerly of Freedmen's) is opening his BBQ truck, Leroy & Lewis, next month so that is exciting news. Micklethwait took home third place, and La Barbecue won it all. Soursop finished in second place.

Until next time, happy smoking...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2M Smokehouse (First Impression)

Amber and I love the brisket tamales that we got from the Smoke Shack BBQ last year. We wanted some more this year so we made the trek to San Antonio. I had to include one more barbecue stop, right? 2M Smokehouse opened in San Antonio on December 3rd. We were out of the country and could not make the grand opening. Pitmaster Esaul Ramos and high school buddy Joe Melig have been doing Saturday pop-ups while the building was being finished. Does the name Esaul Ramos sound familiar? It should be. He was the head man at La Barbecue for over a year and trained under John Lewis before that.
It was cold that morning, and when we arrived, there were only four people in front of us. Esaul greeted when we got to the counter and was slicing all of the meats. Amber got the brisket tacos with pico on homemade tortillas. I ordered the two meat plate of moist brisket and pork ribs with potato salad and chicharroni macaroni. I also added a link of the pork and Oaxaca cheese sausage. The brisket was cooked perfectly. Tender and juicy. It was definitely one of the better briskets I have had. The smoke and flavor rounded out the brisket nicely. The rub had some Spanish influences with salt, pepper, garlic, and cumin. While eating pork ribs, I was disappointed that I did not get more. They were really good. Not as saucy as La, the sweet meat pulled away from the bone without a struggle. Although I prefer a beefier sausage, the pork and Oaxaca cheese sausage was outstanding. It had a nice flavor assisted by cilantro and Serrano peppers. The snappy casing could barely hold in the gritty pork. It was almost too cheesy if that is possible.

Amber's taco was really f-ing tasty. Brisket, homemade pico on a homemade tortilla? Simple but satisfying. You also get tortillas instead of the standard white bread if you order a meal. The homemade pickled nopalitos (cactus)/Serranos/bell peppers, onions, and cucumber were great compliments and helped cleanse the palate for the next bite. The macaroni and cheese with chicharrones was wonderful. The pork rind added a crunchy texture to it, and the Oaxaca cheese acted like a glue to hold the bite together. My only complaint from the meal is the potato salad. Compared to the rest of the meal, it was boring and bland.
I love that so many new places hit the floor running now. 2M Smokehouse's ;BBQ game is already elevated and could only get better. They have only been open for 15 days when we dropped in. That is win-win for all of us. As more word gets out, the line will only grow. Get there early and be patient. The 2M gang might want to start investing in another 1,000 gallon Austin Smoke Works smoker to keep up with demand. I am already looking forward to my next visit and trying out the rest of the menu.
Until next time, happy smoking...

Address: 2731 S WW White Rd, San Antonio, TX 78222
Phone:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2M-Smokehouse-catering-1707902716153504/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/2m_smokehouse

Monday, November 21, 2016

Hou BBQ Throwdown 2016

Saint Arnold Brewery
Amber and I are going to Europe so we dropped our dogs off with her family in Lubbock this weekend. The Hou BBQ Throwdown was being held on Sunday so we only spent 14 hours in Lubbock. I had an excellent time last year, and I was not going to miss this year's event. All the participants elevated their BBQ fusion game this year. The competition was fierce, and with each new bite, you were in store for something wonderful and/or unique. Everyone who attended the Throwdown went home as winners.
The calm before the rush
Blood Bros. BBQ - Gochujang Beef Belly Burnt Ends

Gochujang Beef Belly Burnt Ends w/ Korean salad and pickled onions
Brooks’ Place BBQ - Brisket and boudin stuffed bell peppers w/ a beef oxtails twist
Brisket and boudin stuffed bell peppers w/ a beef oxtails twist
The Brisket House - Beef rib ala Veracruz

Cubed beef rib, Veracruz sauce, served over rice and pico de gallo
Corkscrew BBQ - Smoked chile mac-n-cheese

Creamy cheddar mac-n-cheese, smoked hatch green chile with pepper crusted prime beef rib
Feges BBQ - Beef belly burnt ends, pimento cheese grits, braised greens, bourbon cane syrup, pickled red onions, and chives
Beef belly burnt ends, pimento cheese grits, braised greens, bourbon cane syrup, pickled red onions, and chives
Killen's STQ - short rib tamale, smoked beef ravioli, and smoked short rib umami
Short rib tamale, pork belly and brisket chile de arbol con carne, queso fresco, and micro cilantro
Smoked beef short rib ravioli, port demi cream, parmesan, and fall black truffle
Smoked short rib umami
Midtown Barbeque - Smoked prime rib with chimichurri sauce
Smoked prime rib with chimichurri sauce
Pappa Charlies Barbeque - Short rib vindaloo with paneer queso
Short rib vindaloo with paneer queso
The Pit Room - Chopped brisket taco with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and salsa roja
Chopped brisket taco with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and salsa roja
Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue - Pulled pork & waffles
Smoked jalapeño, cheddar and green onion waffle with pulled pork, pit-candied pecans and sweet pork sauce
Ray's BBQ Shack - Muddy Waters sausage
Seafood sausage with shrimp, crawfish, crab meat, and pork
Roegel’s Barbecue Co - Smoked pork belly with surf and turf boudin
Smoked pork belly with surf and turf boudin
Tejas Chocolate Craftory - Santo braised smoked pork cheeks tostada
Santo braised smoked pork cheeks, pinto whip, avocado verde cue sauce, pickled red onion, and cilantro on a crisp corn tortilla
Tin Roof BBQ - Smoked tomahawk prime rib
Smoked tomahawk prime rib with Back Pew milk stout Au Jus and horseradish cream

A judge digging in
Judges table
Judges: Eric Sandler, Pat Sharpe, Wayne Mueller, Lily Jang, and Robert J. Lerma
Judges' Choice : Killen's STQ
People's Choice : Feges BBQ
"The tray"
Until next time, happy smoking...