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sTHE BIRTH OF THE KING AND SOME PRETTY GOOD Q

September 3, 2012 Leave a comment

We were on our way back from eating breakfast at The Arcade and sure enough we drive right by Sun Studio…the birthplace of Elvis’ career…..

The Wife makes a u-turn, find a spot to park down the block and walk into the small building…..

As we get inside we are greeted with Wall-To-Wall people…..seems we weren’t the only ones wanting to see where Elvis got his start….it was so crowded it was hard to really stop and look at all the stuff on the walls….and there was some very cool stuff on the walls….just standing in that little studio and considering who had recorded there…..it was amazing….

We thought about buying tickets for the tour…..but decided against it with the drive to Nashville still ahead of us…..

After getting back to the hotel and packing up, we began our trek to Music City….before leaving Memphis we had one more stop to make…..Lenard’s BBQ…it was another Triple D spot and being on the way outta town…..it was a perfect way to end our three days in Memphis….

Lenard’s claims to be Elvis’ favorite BBQ joint….many places in Memphis claim to be Elvis’ favorite…..but if you think about how big The King was when he left us….maybe he did have a lot of favorite places…..

Lenard’s is a very nice joint….and might even hover above “joint” status….it is more restaurant than joint but the smell of BBQ fills the air so the fact that it was “nice” didn’t really take away from what I was expecting….

As the hostess showed us our seats, I was suddenly elated to find that this fancy establishment had a truck parked in the dinning room…..now how more “joint-like” can you be??????

I wanted the table right next to the truck…..I’m so glad The Wife has just accepted her fate and just kinda rolls with FatJoe….isn’t she a lucky girl….

We got our menus and started figurin’ out what we wanted….having just seen the Triple D episode that featured all the Memphis BBQ stops…..I knew I wanted to try some ribs and pork shoulder…..I ordered the ribs with a dry rub and the port shoulder “muddy” or wet……I went with a side of beans and slaw…..The Wife ordered a sliced brisket sandwich….

I snapped a few pics and the waitress returned with our drinks and some hot rolls….you could smell how good these rolls were gonna be….we both reached for the roll basket at the same time…..they were hot…..and with some real butter just inches away….the wait for our BBQ was going to be a good wait…..

They were even better than they looked…..

We scarfed all four rolls down and were just licking our fingers clean when our meals showed up….and from what I was seeing…..the Q looked like it was going to live up to the standard of those rolls….

I started with some of the slaw and found it heavy on the vinager but tasty…..then some beans…..very bbq-ey and good…..

I then dug into the ribs and they were pretty good…..not “Hunka-Hunka-Burnin’-Love” good….but good…..the ribs were tender, moist and the rub had a nice little bite to it….I then forked up some of the pork shoulder…..they were dripping with sauce….the pork was smokey and the sauce tangy….I liked the pork shoulder more than the ribs…..but both were good….

The Wife’s sandwich looked messy…..

Brisket covered in sauce and potato salad…..for the first time she would need more napkins than I would….

As we were leaving the Memphis city limits I took a moment to reveiw what I had eaten…..and there was some great food in Memphis…..I rate Tom’s BBQ, Uncle Lou’s, and The Arcade as “Must-Visits”……Lenard’s as a “Worth-A-Shot”….and Marlowe’s as kinda “Not-So-Much”…..

Can’t wait to go back and try all the other joints……we both agreed that Memphis would be a return visit kinda place….

And now for the Brisket Pics….

She’s growing fast….

http://leonardsbarbecue.com/

http://www.sunstudio.com/

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MEMPHIIS’ OLDEST CAFE…

August 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Our last day in Memphis began as gray and rainy….we dodged raindrops on our way to the rental car and began to look for our next food destination…

It was called The Arcade…and it claimed to be Memphis’ oldest cafe…and while it wasn’t a Triple D spot it was featured on Man vs. Food….

ADAM WAS HERE…

We drove through the wet streets of downtown…. it took a little bit but with the aid of our GPS we found it….we parked on the street, made our way in and out of the rain…

We were shown our seats and it was apparent from the first few moments that this place ooooozed history….kinda steppin’ into a time machine back to the days when cafe’s ruled America….you could tell not much had changed since back in the day and it was very cool to be in a place that had been around for…..ever….

The waitress brought our menus and took our drink order….we both went with coffee and water….

As we looked through the breakfast choices we found it hard to choose….there were some wonderful items listed and it was here that you might come to understand the problem with a Food Tour…..as much as you might want to “PIG-OUT’ at a particular joint, you know that just a few hours later you’ll be sitting in another spot having to choose from their menu…..

So, you have to learn to temper  your appetite and not go “HOG-WILD” so to speak…

I found something called the Redneck Breakfast…..four biscuits with four sausages covered in country gravy, two eggs, hash browns and I added a side of bacon….

The Wife went with the World Famous Sweet Potato Pancakes…..they came with hash browns and a side of bacon…

While we waited for our food we chatted about Graceland and how good the fried chicken at Uncle Lou’s had been….it had been a great trip so far…..and we still had Nashville on our horizon….

Our grub showed up and I wasted no time in digging into my gravy covered sausage and biscuits…..yummy for my tummy……this was great stuff…..the gravy was creamy and thick….the sausage had a little spice bite to it and the biscuit was light and flakey……Mee-Ma would have been dang proud…..

I sliced into my over-easy eggs and was about to begin mixing everything together on my plate when I got the sound…..just a foot or two from where I was about jump off into Eatsville…..a throat cleared……I stopped…..my fork hovering mid-air…..I looked up and saw the “I want a taste” look….I smiled and asked…..”Want some?”……

We both sliced off sections for the other to try and I must admit I’m glad she insisted on trading bites…..her sweet potato pancakes were delicious….an unusual taste…..but a very good unusual taste……the sweet potato mix with the warm maple syrup……worked very well together….

I really wanted to clean my plate but was reminded we had a BBQ lunch not too far down the road….one last spot to try in Memphis before hitting the road for Music City, USA…..so, I dropped my fork and chunked my napkin in my almost cleaned plate…..

It was really neat to eat in a place that not only offered great food but had a historical tie to it’s city…Memphis is steeped in history….being a true Son of the South, I appreciate its rich southern heritage……and to be seated in a place that has such deep roots makes one stop and think…..think of all the people that passed through the doors…..history is very cool…..

Memphis is a great place to visit….and The Arcade is a must….

Now for the Brisket Picture of the Week…..

Ok……here’s one more…..

http://www.arcaderestaurant.com/

ALL IN THE NAME….

August 5, 2012 1 comment

I’m sorry it’s been so long between postings…..while July offered some wonderful vacation time with family and friends it was also a month of loss and addition to the FatJoe Clan…

The addition is our new puppy….and being FatJoe what else could I name her???

Meet Brisket……she is a 6 week old Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog)……and…..yes…..she is named after a slab of slow cooked, smoked meat….

SHE’S AS CUTE AS SOME BRISKET…

How we got to the name is kinda interesting….

As we began discussing getting a new puppy, we were having dinner at a Tex-Mex joint and were throwing out names….and almost in a kidding way I suggested Brisket…I got the EYE-ROLL on that and we proceeded to names like, Winnie and Dixie….

We had to drive out to see her at the breeder’s and found out it would be a week or two before we could bring her home….

LUCY….THIS IS BRISKET YOU CAN’T EAT

On the way home I floated the name Duckie….and The Wife didn’t say no to that….and eventually it came down to  Winnie or Duckie…..

One night on the phone with The Mom-In-Law, The Wife threw out that I wanted to name the dog Brisket……and The Mom-In-Law laughed and told her that it was a cute idea….later that same week we were with the Big Willie Family and Mrs. Big Willie also chimed in with saying that Brisket was a very cool name for a puppy….especially for FatJoe’s puppy….

I guess sometimes it takes someone  else pointing out brilliance……and The Wife lives with such outstanding brilliance on a daily basis that I guess at times she just takes it for granted….and to her credit, once the light switch flipped on……she came around to  what everyone else could so clearly see……

 AND BRISKET IS HER NAME-O……

Next we get back to the rest of the Memphis/Nashville tour and then on to Hawaii Part II…..

BBQ, KOLACHES & GIANT SQUIRRELS

A couple of Saturdays ago we made our way to the Hill Country to visit The Mother-n-Law and The Captin….just outside Austin is a little community known as Spicewood, Tx….and in Spicewood is a BBQ joint called Opie’s….

We’ve passed Opie’s every time we go to visit and I always make the statement that “The next trip we gotta stop…..”…..and then the next trip comes and goes and still no Opie’s….here have been many reasons…..but mostly it has been because we never time the drive-by at mealtime….

This trip would be different….we were going to leave home so that when we got to Spicewood we would be ready for lunch….

We were meeting The-n-Laws and finally I’d get to try some of Opie’s Q….whether or not Opie-Cunningham-Taylor would have anything to do with what we ate was yet to be seen….

When we arrived the line was already working it’s way out the front door…we walked in to check things out before joining those waiting to order….I made my way to the T-Shirt rack and with The Wife’s help picked out another badge to wear showing another joint I’ve eaten at….after finding one that would become a part of my Fashions Of Food, we got in line and began the trek back inside to chow down….

As you get inside the first thing you’ll notice is that there is one heck of a big smoker just inside the front door….it’s open and there you can see all Opie’s meats from which to choose….it is filled with chicken, sausage, brisket, pork loin and turkey….each and every piece looks smok-eeee-licious….and it smells like heaven on earth…..

A guys stands at the smoker and asks you what you want….we decided to get enough to share between all of us…..brisket, sausage (mild and spicy) and turkey….he cuts pieces for you and puts them on a tray….you then make your way to a cafeteria styled steam table to order sides and desserts….

Besides BBQ, Opie’s is famous for their beans and tater-tot casserole….I limited myself to the beans but The Wife got some TTC….we also ordered some cherry cobbler…

We made our way to a table, put our trays down and then headed to the fixens’ table….the usual things were there plus two huge pots of beans….(Opie’s also has famous white beans….but on this particular Saturday they were out)….we loaded up and finally sat down to eat….

I hit the brisket first and on first bite…was…..not overwhelmed…..it was good…..had a decent smoke and was pretty moist…..but unless you got a piece with fat it wasn’t…..great….and there wasn’t enough fat to make every bite…..great….

The beans were next and they were as advertised…..very very good….as was the TTC…..

I then cut off some of the spicy sausage (stuffed with jalapeño and cheese) and found it really good…the casing had a great snap and the spice was just right….the regular sausage was like the brisket….good but not great….

I tried some of the turkey and while I’m not a big turkey guy (at least in a Q-sense) this stuff was really good (it was The Wife’s fave)…..it was moist and had a nice smoke to it…

The sauces they offer are “Hot” and “Regular”….the “Hot” was good but more like a hot sauce (tabasco-like) more than like a spicy bbq sauce….and the “Regular”. again was good…..but only good…

Mother-n-Law had gotten a chopped beef sandmich…and she said it was very good….

The cherry cobbler was very tasty…..and was a nice way to top off the meal….

All-n-All…..I’d say Opie’s was pretty good……they had some strong stuff…..the turkey, the spicy sausage, the beans and TTC were all really really good…..however, the brisket, regular sausage, and sauces were just kinda good….

I will stop again at Opie’s….and maybe this was a case of having built something up in my mind that it couldn’t live up to the expectations….whatever it may be….I doubt I’d get brisket again…..maybe try the ribs or porkloin…..but there is a reason to go back….

Now…..the Kolaches….

In La Grange, Tx there is a Shell gas station (imagine that) that has a bakery in it that bakes and serves some of the best Kolaches, Sweet Rolls, Cookies and Pigs-na-Blankets known to man….it’s called Weikle’s…..and it’s worth a stop if you’re ever within a couple hundred miles of it….now, my friend, Bubba, would tell you that a Kolache is not what many serve…..sausage or ham stuffed inside a roll (a pig-na-blanket)…..but, a square with fruit in the middle….this place covers both deliciously…(your lesson for the day)….

While we were at The-n-Laws they treated us to a Double Stuffed Burger….two patties stuffed with cheese, brisket (from Opie’s) and jalapenos……The Mother-n-Law and The Wife made the burgers and The Captain grilled ’em…and they were fantastic….anytime you can double your meat intake and also stuff some stuff inside…. you’ve got something extr-eee special….

And finally…..the giant squirrel….

Just outside Bastrop (on the Austin side) is a pecan store….they sell all things pecan-ish…..and as we passed it on the way to the Hill Country we noticed their 25 food squirrel standing in front of the building….we both looked at each other and said…..in unison, “We’re stopping there on the way back…..” and stop we did….it’s not everyday you can have your picture taken beside such a landmark as the Giant Squirrel…..but now I can scratch that off the ol’ Bucket List….

It was a great weekend….we enjoyed the company and another BBQ joint can be added to the list of spots I’ve gotten to try….and when you throw in The Best Little Bakery In Texas (see what La Grange is famous for….you non-Texans) and the Giant Squirrel…..FatJoe’s life is pretty dang sweet…..

http://www.opiesbarbecue.com/

http://www.weikels.com/

http://www.berdollpecanfarm.com/

BUILDING?….YOU DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ BUILDING!

The latter part of Spring Break found me craving some BBQ…..now that I’m trying to become less of a FatJoe, those days of BBQ marathons have slacked off somewhat….however, after a week of being pretty good on the diet I broke down and had a MINI BBQ TOUR….two new spots to be exact….

The first was a place I stumbled across on the internet….not even sure what I was looking up….but there it was…..and anytime there’s a new BBQ joint I’m all over that….

It is called The Corkscrew…located on Budde Road in The Woodlands….

From the website I could see that there was no building and that this was an outdoors operation….well, if you know anything about FatJoe, you know that fact would never ever be a deterrent for me….I mean I’ve raved about joints in gas stations for—-ever…..one of the first Triple D spots I went to was a 5 star place called Chef Point Cafe in a Conoco station in Watauga (outside of Ft. Worth)…..and one of my favorite BBQ joints of all time, Waller County Line, serves TO_DIE_FOR BBQ out of a Shell station….so a joint working from a trailer outside……ain’t nothin’ but a thang….

Budde Road is right off of the Sawdust side of Rayford/Sawdust in The Woodlands….so, it was quite easy to find….and sure enough The Corkscrew is one big-dang trailer….there is a permanent small screened in building that houses the smoker and about 10 or so umbrella-covered picnic tables…..it’s off the main road so traffic noise isn’t an issue….and there is Country Music drifting through the air so any road noise is covered up by songs of drinkin’, and loosing your wife….

There were a few people sitting and eating and a couple of people waiting to order….always a good sign when there are actual people at a spot….especially at lunch time….a sure tell-tell sign that a place is gonna stink is an empty building….or in this case…..an empty…..patch of ground…..so, it was good to see others there eating and enjoying the food….

Even with it being outdoors you could smell the meat smoking…..I soooo love that smell….. I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite smell between smoking meat at a BBQ joint or that smell of frying bacon first thing in the morning at a campsite…..maybe some day I’ll have a line of cologne featuring…
“Smokin’ Meat” and “Campsite Bacon”…..women might not care for those….but every guy who is a guy would love ’em…..

I made my way to the little open window/counter in the trailer and while I was waiting my turn I checked out the menu board……..it looked like your typical BBQ joint menu….sandwiches and plate lunches….and the prices were about what you’d expect….I decided on my usual and when I got up to the window ordered a two meat combo….brisket and sausage…the lady behind the window asked if I wanted lean or moist brisket…..I went with moist….and for my sides I chose potato salad and cole slaw…

I took my diet coke to my table and clicked off a few pictures while I waited for my food….it was nice and overcast so the heat was not a problem…..it wasn’t long and they were calling me up to get my order…I walked up and instead of a plate they had everything wrapped in foil….kinda different but different can be just fine…..I took everything back to my table and un-wrapped and checked out what things looked like….looked pretty darn good…

You could see the brisket was moist, however it was pretty thinly sliced and I’m not talking about the thickness but the width…from top to bottom….but I guess that’s how they roll and even though I’m used to a bigger slice of meat if it tasted good then all would be forgiven….the sausage looked good, as well and there were onions, jalapeno and pickles wrapped up with the meat….

The sides and the sauce were in little plastic containers and the bread (2 slices of white bread) were wrapped in their own little sheet of foil…there was a little plastic sleeve that had the napkin, fork and knife included…

Being a sausage guy, my first taste was “NAKED SAUSAGE” (without any sauce)…..the casing had a nice snap and the sausage was spiced just right….I wouldn’t say this was the best I’d ever had but it was very very good….

I then cut a piece of the brisket….and I just used the plastic fork…..again “NAKED” and popped it in my mouth….this was where the game changed….this was some serious brisket….it litterally melted in my mouth…..moist beyond belief and tender isn’t an adequate enough word to describe it….I’ve had some really great brisket over the last year and I would have to put this right at the top….absolutely no sauce was required on this stuff….whatever this guy is doing to his brisket is truly an example of an Artist creating a masterpiece of meat…..

After letting myself come down off my meat-high, I dug into the potato salad….it was very good….almost a mashed potato salad….very creamy…..I then moved to the cole slaw….and it was a bit of a disappointment…..not much flavor…..I think I’d forgo the slaw next time and try the BBQ’d beans….

I sampled the pickles, onions and jalapeno and all were fresh and would have made any old school BBQ joint proud…

On my next go round I dipped my sausage into the sauce and found to be a very vinergary based sauce…..so it had a twang to it…..I liked it on the sausage and I thought it took away from the brisket….

As I was getting to the end of my meal the guy (the BBQ Artists) was walking around handing out samples of their featured dessert…..Apple Cobbler….now, I was trying to be good and not go down the desert aisle…..but it was only a little sample and…..what the heck…..I’ve got will power…..don’t I?

After I had wolfed down the last of the brisket I licked my fork clean and tried the Apple Cobbler…..

How evil can people be?????

Oh my lord…..this stuff was fantastic!!!!

Not sure how much butter was used but ……you could just taste the buttery goodness that ooozed from each and every bite….and before I knew it I was standing before the little window ordering a desert to go….yeah….I got will power……

As I was ordering the desert from….not really sure what word to use here……I could say the desert from Heaven….cuz it was divinely good….or I could say the desert from…..yes….Hell…..cuz it sooooooooooo tempted me off my diet…..anyhow…..as I was ordering I was able to talk to the cook some and offered my enthusiastic praise of his brisket…..I told him it didn’t need any sauce and he stated that that was his intention…..said he’d been working to perfect his brisket for the past few years….my response was….he had achieved brisket perfection…..

This joint is worth a stop if you’re in the area…..it’s worth a drive if you just wanna have some great brisket…..

If you’re like me….it’s not what the joint looks like or even if there’s a roof and some walls involved….it’s all about the “Q”….

The other joint I checked out will be covered next….stay tuned….same Fat Channel…..same Fat Time…..

http://www.corkscrewbbq.com/

http://www.chefpointcafe.org/

TREATIN’ THE WIFE ON A SATURDAY NIGHT…

October 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Well….big time on a Saturday Night…The Wife deserves a night out every once-n-a-while….so….FatJoe is nothing if he isn’t a romantic dawg….so….The Luckiest Gal In Texas and I headed for…..the Big Lights of…….Tomball….

I had been braggin about how good the Country Bumpkins was that The Wife just couldn’t stand it any more….I had to take her….

So…..off we went….it’s about a 30 minute drive down 2920 to Telge Road….we listened to the end of the 3rd quarter and beginning of the 4th quarter of the Baylor/Kansas St. game…we pulled into the gravel parking lot of the Bumpkins and being a Bear myself, I left the car with good feelings about a 9 point lead for the Good Ol’ Baylor Line….you’d think I’d learn after 30 years…..it’s Baylor….the kings of finding a way to loose….oh well….what’cha gonna do?

Nuff of that…on to the meal…..

It was only my 2nd trip to the Country Bumpkins so I went with what I’d had before…..The Bumpkin Burger….a cheese burger with brisket piled on top…..a wonderfully danglicious combo….the best of 2 of my favorite worlds…..burgers and BBQ…..The Wife studied the menu and went with a BBQ Baked Potato….she was told it would take about 20 minutes….soooooo……she changed her mind and went with a Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich…..I went with fries….she with onion rings…

We found a table….we were the only one’s there at the time…..we sat our drinks down and waited….seeing that there was a checker board-table and The Wife, wanting the full experience of a Wild Saturday Night, challenged me to a game….in the legends of Wife vs. Hubby checker games….this was epic…..no…not really…..I spanked her pretty good…..Man vs Woman……and again Man…..oops…did I say that out loud??

They called us to pick up our food and since I was still glowing in the aftermath of my victory The Wife went and grabbed our baskets…the BBQ’d Brisket on my Cheese Burger smelled incredible…..and looked even better….it was wrapped in foil and I was to discover later it should stay wrapped in foil….

MR. CHEESE BURGER MEET MR. BRISKET...

The Wife’s CFS Sandwich looked good too…..I offered her a bite of mine….hoping I would get to taste her’s…..

DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND.....REALLY?

The Bumpkin Burger is everything I remembered and more…..the first bite brings to your mouth the fresh bun, the brisket, the cheese, the burger, and all the fixens’…..a flavor party started in my mouth…..and with each new bite the party got better and better….at one point I did try to take it out of the foil……not so smart……with all that flavor-juice it was a very wet mess….now there’s nothing wrong with that…..just not the most efficient way to eat it…..I was shoveling sloppy pieces of bun,brisket and cheeseburger into my maw…..finger licken’ great…..I’m sure, had we been in a fancier joint……say…..The Tail Gate Grill…..I would have gotten The Look……but The Wife just shook her head…..and let me enjoy…..

MESS OF THE BURGER GODS....

At some point we traded bites….and she said she thought the Bumpkin Burger was very good…..I enjoyed the taste I got from her CFS Sandwich….a nice piece of pounded steak covered in a flavorful batter…..I would order that on a return trip….

My fries were good…..but I’ll have to say that neither one of us cared for the onion rings….not sure what it was…..but they just weren’t up to the rest of our meal….I heard Guru Guy say once that the way to tell a good onion ring is that when you bite into it the onion does not slide out of the ring….well my first bite brought the onion clear out of the ring….maybe it was that it was still hot…..but I didn’t like ’em very much….

We ordered cobbler and nanner’ puddin’ to go….and both were deeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-licious……I still think the best nanner’ puddin’ I’ve had in a long time was at the Waller County Line BBQ…..but the Bumpkins’ was pretty dang good……

So….if you were to ask The Wife about her Saturday Night…..I think she’d tell you that once again….FatJoe came through…..my romantic side was on display for all to see…..a night she won’t forget anytime soon….

And except for the Bears loosing by one dang point…..it was a wonderful evening…….

NO WEBSITE FOR THE COUNTRY BUMPKINS…..but you can bing or google it and see some other reviews…

IT’LL DO IN A PINCH…

September 25, 2011 Leave a comment

After figuring out what I wanted for my birthday (the Texas Legends Birthday BBQ Tour) I began strategizing my “Meals-Plan” ….deciding what 4-5 BBQ joints I want to include in my long weekend….

I spent a couple of days mulling over the possiblilites…..by Wednesday……I had worked myself into a BBQ frenzy……I needed some Q…..and I needed it bad….

But where was I gonna get my fix???

I decided on what I consider good solid BBQ….it’s not the greatest but it’s good enough that when you need some…..you can count on it satisfying that craving…..

Rudy’s….(I45 & Louetta)

It’s pretty good BBQ and it’s close to the house….so…..I pulled in and got in line…..I’ll give Rudy’s this…..they’re always busy…..I stood in line for about 10 minutes and even after dividing my time staring at the menu board and looking at what people were ordering…..I stuck with my usual choices…..1/2 lb. of moist brisket, 1/2 link of regular sausage and /2 link of jalapeno sausage…I for-went(?) the sides on this night…

I got it to go and the good thing about that…..is that my car would smell like BBQ for a day or two….

My dogs met me at the door….not sure if it was the fact I was finally home or the fact that I had a pound and half of meat with me…..I’ll kid myself and conclude it was the fact that FatJoe was home that made them soooooo happy….

I unwrapped and plated my dinner and sat in front of the TV to enjoy ……FatJoe is nothing if he isn’t old school…..so….I DVR episodes of Match Game from the Game Show Network…..so on this particular night I would enjoy my Q with Gene Rayburn, Richard Dawson, Brett Summers, and Charles Nelson Riley…..if you’ve never seen Match Game…..your life is really incomplete…..it has everything ’70’s wrapped up in a 30 minute game show….

As the first “Dumb Dorra” questions left Mr. Rayburns lips…..some of Rudy’s moist brisket entered through my lips…..

SOLID Q....BUT SAUSE MAKES IT ALL GOOD

Rudy’s brisket…..well…..let’s see…..it sort of goes from really moist to really not…..it does have a nice bark (the black crusty layer on top) and it’s got some good fat…..but there are slices that seem to dry out…..not sure how that same moist brisket shares the same space with that dry stuff…..but it does…..should be listed as one of the Universe’s Great Mysteries….

However, there is a cure for this and it’s Rudy’s sauce….either one…..the “Sissy Sause…or….the “Original Sause”…..(their spelling)….before we had a Rudy’s in our neighborhood we would stop at the Original Rudy’s on the way to San Antonio….it was in a Shell Gas Station and we would stop…..eat….and grab a bottle of “Sause” or two…..I love Rudy’s sause…… a vinegar based sause…..the “Sissy” has a little spice kick and the “Original” makes your taste buds do a Texas Two-Step….

So, I can say I enjoyed most of my brisket by dunking it deep into the sause…..

The sausage, on the other hand, is quite good…..and I can’t pick between the regular or jalapeno as to which I like better…they both have a great snap…..great texture…..and most importantly…..great taste…..I will tell you that the jalapeno dunked in the “Original Sause” will provide some delightful heat from the time it touches your mouth to the time it settles in your tummy…..

What made this outing even better was the fact that I had some leftovers…..and on Thursday night was able to make a sam-wich that should be featured on some sort of Food Network Show…..one slice of potato bread smeared with “Sissy” and the other smeared with “Original” (always smart to ask for extras)…..and then the leftover brisket and sausage nestled between….it brought tears to my eyes….litterally…..and made my nose run……so…..I really liked it……

Rudy’s won’t ever be lumped in with the other Texas BBQ Legends….it is good solid Q…..it calmed my BBQ Jones for a while at least….

http://www.rudys.com/

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