Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Our 5th annual Gettin' Sauced! contest/festival is Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Shady Springs Party Barn in Austin, Texas. We are working hard to put together a great event. BBQ, drinks, live music, etc. If you would like to sponsor the event, let us know. Three sponsorship levels are available, and exclusive sponsorships are an option. Give us a shout, if you're interested in exposure on our website, via social media, and at the event!
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Chef Neil Rankin recently spent a couple of weeks in Austin and ate his fill from a bunch of Austin BBQ joints. I didn't have the pleasure to meet him while he was in town, but I was fortunate to have dinner with him last night at Smokehouse, his BBQ joint in London, England. We had more courses than I've probably ever had in one sitting, and the food was delicious. Neil is doing some really neat things, putting his unique spin on traditional meats. I will post pictures of the food later. For now, I just want to thank Neil again for being such a great host. It was a fantastic way to spend 3 hours, and if you're in London, you'd be wise to stop in. Some Texans feel there is no good BBQ in other states, much less other countries, but this place UK joint is legit. Pics & more pics.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Our 5th Annual Gettin' Sauced! festival is Sunday, October 19, at Shady Springs Party Barn in Austin. We'd love to have some breweries join us for the event. If you'd like booth space, to hand out samples of your beers and promote your business, email us. We'd love to give you space to showcase your brews. Speaking of beer, check out the official Gettin' Sauced! pint glass. We'll have them for sale at the event.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Landed in London just after noon yesterday. First stop after checking into the hotel was Covent Garden. Ordered from a couple of the many food stalls. First order was a pulled pork sandwich with slaw from Dixie Union. Started the London trip with some Southern-style BBQ!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Recently, I had the good fortune to have brisket that my buddy John Paik smoked. John has been honing his Texas BBQ skills and has really found his way around his smoker. My buddy Todd Plunk, John's roommate, cooked some killer macaroni & cheese and Brussels sprouts.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tonight, I board a plane to London, England! I've only been to England once, and it was in the summer of 1998, so I'm really excited about going back. I'll be attending the annual world awards dinner of Chowzter (the fantastic food app for which I am the Chief Chowzter for Austin and San Antonio). Chowzter has some really neat food events planned for us, and I will, of course, take loads of pics. I'll have some free time each day, so if you have any recommendations for me, please let me know. See you soon, merry ol' England!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
With word that Cooper's is planning to open for business in Austin, I reached out to the folks at Cooper's with some questions about the move. Below is our Q&A (Their answers are underlined.). Thanks, Cooper's, for taking the time to answer our questions!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
On the road today for a public Texas Q Tours trip. On the schedule: 3 BBQ joints & 1 craft brewery. You will find us at Nutter Buster BBQ & Comfort, Valentina's Tex-Mex BBQ, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and Hops & Grain Brewing. 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 May 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 18, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking 13 British Columbians around town for a 3-day, private Texas Q Tours trip. The first stop of the trip was la Barbecue. On the table: brisket, turkey, house-made sausage, pulled pork, beef ribs, beans, & potato salad:
Thursday, April 17, 2014
This isn't a pizza blog, but if you know me, you know I love pizza. Like could-eat-it-every-day love it. Last weekend, I paid my first visit to Pieous, an Austin pizza joint out Highway 290 toward Dripping Springs. Pieous is in the building that used to house Cartwright's Bar-B-Q, and they have the smoker that Cartwright's left behind. They use the smoker to smoke pastrami and Italian sausage. I had pizza (smoked Italian sausage, pepperoni, & spicy onions) and a Caesar salad, but I also got a sample of the smoked pastrami. When I go back, I'm going to order the pastrami sandwich, which is served with yellow mustard on house-made sourdough bread.