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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/

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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/

SHE TRICKED ME AGAIN….

On the way home from church last Sunday we were discussing where we wanted to go to lunch….The Wife had me check what Groupons we had printed out and after looking through them we decided on trying Peli-Peli….a restaurant in the Vintage Park Shopping Center off Louetta….

Not sure how many of you use the Groupons but I’m here to tell you that you can get some wonderful deals….this particular one was $40 worth of food and we paid $20…..gotta love the half priced deals….and if you pick out spots you wouldn’t normally try…..what ‘cha got to lose???

Now here’s where the trick comes into play…..I asked what any normal person would ask…..”What kinda food is this?”…..and The Wife without losing a beat says, “South American…..I think….”

I thought for a second and concluded that for $20 I’d give some South American food a shot….

Not so fast…………..

We walk in and it’s very nice…..not coat and tie nice but more upscale than say Waller County Line BBQ…..I mean there were no dead animal heads or pictures of Willie Nelson on the walls or…anything like that…..just a very nice semi-elligant dining room….

NO ANIMAL HEADS HERE….

We were shown our seats and given our menus….and this is where….well The Wife learned FatJoe didn’t just fall off the manure truck…..or is that turnip truck…..either way…..I was on to her little game….

This wasn’t South American food…….I looked at her and she just shrugged…..”South American….South African……I got confused….”

I GUESS THEY’RE CLOSE???

R I I I I I I G H T………

She’d played me like an old upright piano…..

I grinned.,…what could I do??…..smacking her doesn’t do any good anymore….she just smacks me back…..(sure sure….)

Resigning myself to making the best of it……I studied the menu…..and there were some tasting sounding dishes….. a Sunday brunch menu was featured as well as the regular fare…..

There was an omelette that looked very good but being the creature that I am…..I landed on the sandwich part of the menu and in particular the South African Burger….homemade sausage served as a burger…..

We were deciding on appetizers when the waiter arrived and began to explain about Peli-Peli….and it’s an interesting story/concept….

Here’s what he told us (this is actually from their website but it’s more or less what he said)….

Peli-Peli (also known as Piri Piri or Peri Peri), which means Bird’s-Eye Chili, is a spice found by the Portuguese in the 15th Century on the plains of Southern Africa. The spice rapidly became popular when used to prepare sauces and marinades for Portuguese and African foods. The Bird’s-Eye Chili is the cornerstone spice for our cuisine and concept….”

The man behind the concept is Master Chef Paul Freidman (again from their website….)…“Chef Paul has had over 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry, having owned and operated successful restaurant concepts in South Africa and Germany, as well as being the creator of Paul’s Pizza Shop, a nationally-recognized pizza concept in North Houston. Executive Chef Paul Friedman has utilized the Peli Peli spice in an innovative, new way to create his own infusion of spice with exotic fruits from Southern Africa and Europe such as Guava, Granadilla (passion fruit), papaya and mango. The result is a myriad of dipping sauces and marinades that bring out the best flavors in chicken, steak, and seafood to create a tingling sensation for your taste buds.”

The waiter suggested a couple of appetizers and one of them was one I had spotted and so we ordered the Bacon Wrapped Chicken….

We got our drinks and looked the place over….it is very nice….and, not sure if they do this all the time, but…..there was a guitarist playing and more than once The Wife commented on how much she liked the music…..

Our Bacon Wrapped Chicken arrived and (sorry no camera) but this is pretty food…..there were two skewers of chicken served with some sauce….each skewer had four pieces of chicken wrapped in delicious bacon……there was also a red pepper on the plate and the waiter told us what it was….and I can’t remember the name….but a very sweet/spicy little pepper…..

The bacon wasn’t done quite enough for The Wife but I loved every bite…..and I thought the chicken and bacon were just as good dipped or nekid…..the dip was a sweet/spicy sauce that had a nice kick to it….

It was time to order and I ordered my South African Burger and the waiter kinda stopped and looked at me and asked, “You like peppers?”

I knew where he was headed as the burger right above the one I ordered was my burger topped with peppers and mushrooms done in a wine sauce….I smiled and said that I had seen the other burger but was really wanting to experience the sausage…..”You have to have the peppers….”, he insisted…..

He had been so right about everything so far that I changed my order and went with the Peli-Peli Boerwors Sandwich….traditional homemade South African sausage as a patty topped with sautéed onions and peppers in a rich red wine mushroom sauce….it came with an order of sweet potato fries….

Again I put my faith into my waiter and hoped he knew what he was talking about….

Soon he was back with our food and sat it down….. this is just pretty to look at…..the presentation (a term I’ve picked up from the show Chopped….however I’m of the opinion, while how it looks is nice, I’m more concerned with how it tastes….so….an ungly dish that knocks your socks off with taste is soooo much better to me than something that is very pretty and then stinks…..but what do I know?…..I’m by no means and “expert”….and those judges on Chopped would be so much more astute in their knowledge of what’s good and not so good than just a guy who likes to eat…..) was done very nicely…..

PICTURE FROM THE INTERNET

The waiter smiled, knowing he had impressed us on helping us with our choices (btw The Wife got the exact same sandwich….after changing her mind about 42 times….ok….ok….. only 38 times….I do tend to exaggerate….)….he asks if we need anything and The Wife asked for some mayo…..he kinda snickered and said he’d get us some but that we would not need it….

I’M SORRY SIR, YOUR SERVICES WILL NOT BE NEEDED

Well, I put my sandwich together and from the very first pickup….it was dripping…..(I like dripping…..the dripping-er the better)….

I’m not sure if sausage will ever replace what I think makes the perfect burger but this stuff was terrific….spicy but not overly done….and again the waiter had been spot-on….no mayo needed…..this burger was juicy enough on its own…the peppers and mushrooms were succulent and helped make for a very messy-wonderful samich……and it hadn’t hit me until The Wife said something….but there was no cheese involved here….can’t remember the last time I had just a burger (w/out cheese)…..but I think cheese would not have added anything to this…..in fact it may have diminished the flavors offered up….

I ate every last bite…..and had I been at the WCL BBQ I would have licked my plate…..but I can be very mannered when the situation calls for it…..just glad it’s not called for very often in places I eat….

So, what have we learned today…..

1) Groupons……good

2) The Wife….tricky

3) South American/South African…still not sure what those differences would be as I have not yet had South American

4) Its sometimes good to trust your waiter/waitress

5) Sometimes you don’t need mayo or cheese

6) An eating establishment without dead animal heads or Uncle Willie can still be a great place to eat

……and you didn’t think you would learn anything today……

http://www.pelipeli.com/

http://www.groupon.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/

FAT, WET & HAPPY?

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Having spent the day Saturday watching college football and knowing the Packers weren’t going on ’till Sunday night….I was off bright and early Sunday morning to the Texas Renaissance Festival….

The morning was overcast and the weather reports promised some rain…..but hey we’re in Texas and rain ain’t something we’ve seen much of lately….so, I felt like a drop or two wouldn’t dampen my first weekend of the Festival run….I had a few rain drops on my windshield as I drove through Mongomery but it still didn’t look like rain was going to be an issue…

As I arrived and parked on my usual row….#3….I begain packing my stuff for the day…..as I grabbed my camera and ticket, I saw my poncho sitting in the back of the car….”To take the poncho, or not to take the poncho”….that was the question…..I decided to strap the camera around my neck and in doing that it left some room in my camera bag to carry the poncho…. it was the smartest thing I’ve done since I said “I do”…..14 years ago…..

I passed through the gates of the faire and it always sorta transforms me a little….walking from 2011 into the 1100’s is pretty cool….I was met by one of the Sturdy Mud Beggars, advertising the world famous Mud Show to be held at numerous times during the day at the world famous Mud Pit….I’m sure I made some brilliantly funny comment at which he and I shared a laugh….I continued on into the faire grounds walking into the opening ceremonies and stood and watched the day’s activities begin….I glanced over at the musicians stand and saw my friend Darryal….he’s the King’s main trumpeteer….we waved and I moved on into the faire….

WELCOME TO TRF 2011

It was at this point that the poncho came out of the camera bag and I donned it like some royal cloak….nothing like a blue plastic royal cloak, huh?

The rain had begun…..

Now, I will never complain about rain again…but this was the beginning of a downpour….cats & dogs….squirrels and groundhogs…..whatever that ol’ saying is…..it was Noah rain…..

I stopped and listened to the bagpipe group Tartanic (a FatJoe recomendation) as the clouds opened up….I made my way under one of the overhangs to a food booth and asked for a hot apple cyder….”H O T” was an understatement…..I think the top layer of my tongue vaporized as I took the first watered-down sip….it got better as I drank it…..but I think that was a one time buy for me…..

And the rain continued…

I walked around for a bit as the rain turned the dry dirt pathways is to slick muddy lanes….but who was complaining….usually when it rains at the Festival people scurry for shelter….today those of us who had braved the threat of rain enjoyed strolling in the wet….even though it put a damper (sorry for the pun) on the day as far as getting to watch any of the shows it was a blessing to get something that we haven’t had for such a long time…

I found my way to the French section….now I’m not a big fan of modern day France (yes I supported the move to switch from French Fries to Freedom Fries) but considering the French bailed us out in the First War of Independence and the fact that the French Court is usually the most entertaining at the faire, I’ve always liked going to that part of the faire…..besides they serve one of my favorite things ona-stick…..(new word….ona-stick)…..steak ona-stick…..meat on wood…..what a wonderful concept….I paid my 6 pounds and shuffled off into the rain to enjoy my steak ona-stick….

STEAK ONA-STICK...MEAT & WOOD

The meat was tender and spiced nicely….there was a char around the edges that I enjoyed….a couple of times I used my stabbed steak to wave at those passing by….but I was careful not to let my gesturing get too out of hand so as not to loose my delicious meat….nothing worse than having your meat fly off your stick…..

Later in the day I wondered into the pirate section and found myself choosing between a funnel cake and beignets…..I went with the beignets and was told that the powdered sugar was at the end of the booth…..I scooped….oh heck….I don’t know…..10 spoons of the white sweet stuff into my bag……(maybe not 10)…..I shook the bag up and ate…..they were ok….not that hot and I know it was because of the weather….but they were sorta soggy…..hope that’s the reason…..I think next time we’ll go with the funnel cake….

WON'T MISTAKE 'EM WITH WHAT YOU GET IN NOLA

The rest of my shortened stay was spent finding shelter….huddling with the masses…..I did watch some of the Mud Show….the only show that the rain probably enhanced the performances….I finally began to realize that the day wasn’t going to improve much weather wise so I began to make my way to the front gates…..however, on my way I was enticed by some Bavarian wench to buy something else ona-stick….a sausage…..she offered mustard to dip but I declined…..I like’em plain…..it was pretty good…..there are places in the faire that offer better….

GOOD BUT YOU CAN FIND BETTER...

As I made my way to my car I considered my first day of TRF ’11….even though I was soaked….a poncho will only do so much…..it was a good day…..I got to be out at one of my favorite spots on Earth…..eat some stuff ona-stick…..and had a few laughs…..what more do ya need???

WHAT'S NOT FUN HERE?

http://www.texrenfest.com/

http://texasbrassmusic.com/ (MY FRIEND DARRYL)

http://www.mudshow.com/

http://www.tartanic.net/

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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