Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two Railroad Bar-B-Que locations to close

Hat tip to our friend RL Reeves, Jr., for posting that Railroad Bar-B-Que is closing 2 of its 3 locations. Easter Sunday will be the last day for business at their Manchaca and Kyle locations. The Dripping Springs location will remain open, as will their catering operation.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Buster's BBQ (Lakeway, TX) has closed.

Our friend and faithful blog reader Joe Wagner informed us that Buster's BBQ (Lakeway, TX) closed its doors back in January. We are always sad to see BBQ businesses shut down. Best wishes to all of the folks from Buster's.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vote for the top 8 seeds in our Austin BBQ bracket!

Next Monday, our Austin BBQ bracket goes live. Each round will last one week. Each Monday starts a new round. Based on your votes, I've narrowed the field to 32 Austin BBQ joints. But, before we start, you have time to weigh in one more time. Based on all of your input, the top 8 vote getters, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Franklin Barbecue
Freedmen's Bar
John Mueller Meat Co.
Kerlin BBQ
la Barbecue 
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

You have until next Sunday to send me your rankings of these. Rank as few or as many of the as you want. Your rankings will determine the seeding for the top 8. To rank, leave a comment below, or email us.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tour day!

Hitting the road today with private clients for a Texas Q Tours trip. On the schedule: 2 BBQ joints & 2 craft breweries. We're hitting up la Barbecue, Thirsty Planet, Twisted X, and Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew. Follow along via Twitter. We'll tweet from @ManUpTexasBBQ & @TexasQTours. If you'd like to join a future tour, we have public tours scheduled for April 19May 31, and June 28. And, as always, if you want a customized, guided tour for yourself, your family, your friends, you coworkers, etc., email me for availability & pricing.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Memories of meat at Freedmen's Bar (Austin, TX)

After eating at Stiles Switch, I took several of the members of Twisted Sister to Freedmen's Bar for another meal. The group had a huge spread of meats and sides. They ate. I took pictures. As I mentioned, my iPhone was stolen a couple of days later, so I lost all of my pictures. So many food pics from Freedmen's gone. No pics of the brisket. No pics of the pork belly. No pics of the pit chili. No pics of the German potatoes. No pics of the...you get it. I'll just have to go back and take pics all over again.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cutting board at Kreuz

Meats on the cutting board at Kreuz Market (Lockhart, TX):

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Twisted Sister at Stiles Switch

A couple of days before my iPhone was stolen, I took several of the guys from Twisted Sister out for a couple of BBQ meals in Austin, while they were in town to play a show. Phone gone meant all the pictures I took from their trip were gone. Fortunately, they sent me a few. Here are the ones from their visit to Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Laird's Bar-B-Q (Llano, TX) for sale

If you're in the market for a BBQ joint, I learned last night via my buddy Robert Lerma that longtime Llano joint Laird's Bar-B-Q is for sale. Asking price is $299,500. For more info, call (325) 423-0252. Here are some pics of the place.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ordering at Opie's

More from our meal at Opie's Barebcue, the second stop of our March 22 public Texas Q Tours trip to Spicewood. This is what you see when you come in: meats, sides, desserts. Take your pick!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Post-BBQ wine at Stone House Vineyard

After a meal at Opie's Barebcue, the third & final stop of our March 22 public Texas Q Tours trip to Spicewood was Stone House Vineyard, where the group enjoyed a tasting of 6 wines, before heading back to Austin: