Austin BBQ

Sorry for the extra long hiatus. I feel like I say that all the time. I’ll try my hardest to be more consistent with posts ๐Ÿ™‚ So recently, we went to Austin and got to eat some delicious food! Unfortunately, the most famous bbq joint, Franklin’s had a fire so we were unable to experience that. We went to the second most recommended bbq place, called La Barbecue. They were a food truck, but recently moved into this grocery/convenience shop that’s pretty hip in East Austin. They’re located inside Quickie Pickie. After reading reviews, we decided to go extra early to beat the lines. We arrived around 930 and they opened at 11. (We are on the West Coast so that was actually 730.. BBQ for breakfast! Sure why not)

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This is where you order. It was pretty nice to start because they give you a sample of their delicious brisket. He was super helpful and made great recommendations.

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The spread! We probably went overboard… They also have a spicy and sweet/tangy bbq sauces on all of their tables.

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Above: Chipotle slaw, beef rib, mac salad, and 2 pork ribs.
Below:ย Sausage, brisket, and of course a side of pickles

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That beef rib was huge!

Overall experience: The brisket was by far my favorite. You could cut that thing with a plastic fork .The rest was pretty tasty but it was hard to finish everything since it was pretty much our breakfast. We kind of went all out because we wanted to try everything. The next favorite was probably the beef rib, but the bark was a little too salty for my liking. It was sure gigantic. The line wrapped around the building by the time we left. We were second in line and didn’t get helped till 1120 because a lot of people had pick up orders. I’d say each party could spend 5-10 minutes picking and choosing their meats and how much time it takes to cut each piece. Wait time can really add up! PRO TIP: email ahead for your order, but you have to do it at least 5 days prior to the pick up date!

Enjoy! The brisket is worth the wait!

To satisfy all of your BBQ cravings

I got the pleasure of being invited to this food blogger event hosted by Jack’s BBQ in SoDo. This new central Texas style BBQ joint has only been open for about 5-6 months and I was pretty excited to give it a try!

Atmosphere: Even before stepping in the place, there is plenty of PARKING. Yes! No need to circle the block a few times and try to parallel. They have their own parking lot. Upon walking in, I noticed that there was a bar and lots of seating on the left and then many long tables right in front of us. It’s a pretty large restaurant! They have your traditional outdoor lights being strung around the restaurant and you really get the sense of that outdoorsy, rustic vibe. It’s pretty much what I’d imagine a BBQ place to look like.

Pricing: Lucky for us… everything was free ๐Ÿ™‚ even our drinks. Looking at their menu, their appetizers range from $5-$8. Their plates range anywhere from $15-$47 and that include a combo of meats and sides. They also have sandwiches for $11, desserts ~$4-$7, and extra sides for $4.

Service: AWESOME. For the 14 or so of us, the waitresses and waiters did a great job of keeping us hydrated and fed.

Food:ย Warning – there’s a lot of pictures… and nearly every item on the menu.

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Logger shots with their top shelf tequila

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Appetizer – Frito pie (as you can see it’s in a Frito’s chip bag, yes there are actually Frito’s inside) with chili, cheese, jalepenos, and onions.

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This is Jack and his wife. He’s giving us the low down on how he got into BBQ. He grew up in Texas but has lived in Seattle the past 20 years and worked at Microsoft. He attended BBQ camp (yes there’s such a thing!) in Texas a few years ago, bought a smoker, quit his job, and decided to open a restaurant.

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Buttermilk hushpuppies. I had to restrain myself from eating more of these save room for the meats…

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A look into their kitchen… and this delicious brisket. The guy working on the meat is known for being the “brisket whisperer.”

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We got to sample every side! Starting from the top left corner: potato salad, Texas caviar (black eyed pea salad), mac and cheese, ranch beans, collard greens, chili, and remoulade cole slaw. My favorite was probably the Texas caviar. It’s really refreshing and I’ve never tasted anything like this.

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Brisket, pork ribs, beef ribs, sausages (hot links and cheddar/jalepeno), pulled pork, and chicken. My ultimate favorite would be the beef ribs. You don’tย even need a knife to cut thru that. It’s so tender and will come straight off the bone. They only have beef rib on Tuesdays (luckily I went on a Tuesday) and I am so glad to have tried it. Seriously. It’s so fatty, juicy, tender, and will melt in your mouth and make you the happiest person alive. The chicken was also surprisingly good too.

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A close up on the beef rib.

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1996 Texas state fair champion pecan pie.

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Banana pudding. I can’t choose between this or the pecan pie. Both were really really really good.

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Pecan pralines. Too sweet for my liking, but still good!

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One of two thirty foot smokers filled with brisket and other delectable meats.

Overall:
I had a great time at this event! I really felt like I got the full experience at Jack’s BBQ. You can’t go wrong in anything you choose (but I highly recommend the beef rib!). I will definitely be back for more of that beef rib.ย What I really like is that this is a perfect venue for very large groups. Most BBQ places around Seattle are teeny tiny.
It was nice to actually be able to talk to Jack about his experiences about BBQ. I really enjoyed talking to some of the other Seattle food bloggers there as well because personally, I didn’t know many people there. Thanks to Danielle who helped coordinate the whole event!

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BBQ like you mean it

I’ve been meaning to try this restaurant for a while and I finally got the chance. Bitterroot is a BBQ joint located in the heart of Ballard. It was a busy Friday night so definitely expect a wait! I am not sure if they take reservations or not, but I want to say no. We went next door to a bar to grab a drink while we waited for our table. PS. Sorry my pictures aren’t top quality, they’re from my iPhone!

Atmosphere: I didn’t really get a chance to explore the restaurant, but we were seated near the front where there were probably about 5 tables. I am sure there were more in the back, but from what I can tell it was a smaller restaurant. I would suggest going with a party of 4 or less.

Pricing: Starters were about $5-$9. Main dishes ranged from $12-$50 ($50 for a HUGE combo plate that could probably feed a party of 6). Sides were $4.

Service: Our server was nice and took our order in a timely matter. It was pretty busy so I thought she did a good job of managing her tables.

Food:
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All meat dishes included two sides. Brussel sprouts, collard greens, and BBQ beef brisket. $17. HUGE portion. The beef is quite tender and cooked to perfection. Nice crisp edges. The sides didn’t wow me but it was nice to get some veggies in my belly to balance the meat.

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Homemade beans, cornbread, and pork belly. $15. Our friend recommended this to us and WOW. The pork belly was soooo good. The beans were surprisingly really good. I’m not a huge fan of beans, but it was yummy! The corn bread was also pretty good but I think I’ve had better. This also wasn’t as moist as I would like it to be.

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Mac and cheese with sausage and onions. $12. You get to make your own mac with two otherย ingredients. We shared this between the 4 of us and still couldn’t finish it. They have probably 7 different things to choose from to add to the mac. I think it’s a pretty neat idea.

Overall: If you’re looking to satisfy your BBQ cravings, this is the place. I had a lot of food leftover and it was still delicious the next day. So many different meat choices that you can guaranteeย I will be back! Ribs are next up on my list. Their happy hour menu looks pretty promising! $5 or less for most of their appetizers. Looks like I’ll have to try that too!

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