Green Mesquite BBQ and More (Southpark Meadows)
Saturday was the Texas Longhorn's first football game. Amber and I have ditched cable for a while now so we needed somewhere to watch the game. The first game was on the Longhorn Network so we headed to the Third Base in Southpark Meadows. They were so busy we left. We called various restaurants in the shopping center, and Green Mesquite BBQ and More was going to be showing the game. Sure why not? Barbecue, beer, and football. You really cannot get more Texan than that. The first time I had Green Mesquite was at my fraternity's alumni event. I remember that I liked the brisket, sausage, and chicken. I thought it was weird that one of the side dishes was rice.
It has been at least a year since we have gone to Green Mesquite. The original location is on Barton Springs. They use green mesquite wood when they smoke their meats. You can really taste the wood in their meats. I ordered the four meat plate with two sides. Amber ordered the chicken tenders plate. They have other types of food on the menu which is nice for the wife. For my plate, I got brisket, sausage, pork ribs, and pulled pork with coleslaw and macaroni and cheese on the side. I ordered moist brisket but got lean. I have noticed some BBQ joints just do not care about the cut of brisket they serve. Everything on the plate had a good smoky flavor. All the meats were smoked perfectly, but the issue was that there was no flavor. You actually needed to use the barbecue sauce. The sauce was the typically Texas-style sauce you would find across town. They put a slice of butter for the cornbread on top of the brisket. It melted all over brisket and changed the flavor and texture a little. The brisket and ribs were tender. The pulled pork was decent and not dry. The sausage was good for being a commercial sausage.
Green Mesquite is a decent choice. They are quick in getting the food out. Apparently their smoked wings are some of the best in Austin. Their expansive menu also accommodates non-barbecue lovers. Do they really exist? If you need to have a place to meet up with friends for dinner, include Green Mesquite as one of your options. Grade: C
Until next time, happy smoking...
Address: 9900 S Interstate 35, M700, Austin, TX 78748
Phone: (512) 282-7100