Editor’s Note: I love all kinds of BBQ, but there is a special place in my heart for Texas BBQ and the city of Austin. Texas was where I had my first taste of smoked brisket. And Austin was the place where, as a young 18 year old soldier stationed at Fort Hood I experienced Jerry Jeff Walker and Asleep At The Wheel at the Armadillo World Headquarters for the first time or got to hang our with Elvis Costello at Raul’s.
When I came across this excellent blog post about Austin BBQ I was at first extremely jealous that I didn’t get to eat at all these great places, but after I got over the disappointment I realized I had to publish this on Embers and Flame. I reached out to Lisa Rawlinson the publisher of Full and Content for permission to use her article. Please click over to her site to read about all the BBQ restaurants in Austin she visited. –LG
Somehow, magically, I lucked into getting to review in-town BBQ for the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance 2013 City Guide. BBQ occupies a huge chunk of the pie chart inside my brain that depicts what type of food I think about for what percentage of the time I am already thinking about food (which is a lot). It would without question be my death row last meal, if ever I inexplicably go completely nuts and kill someone and then get caught before I can make it across the Rio Grande (because there’s that whole Texas and the death penalty thing).
Not only do I frequently daydream about eating BBQ, but I have spent a fair amount of time seeking out the greats, reading up on their methodology, and analyzing it in the split second after I am blissing out on the beauty of that first bite. I’ve tried my hand at smoking meat myself, with varying results, and I have a deep respect for both the skill and the artistry that goes into it. And I really do believe good BBQ is a combination of both.
Read the whole story on Full and Content.