This was a great event and a big thanks to the organizers and volunteers who worked so very hard to make it such a success. I knew that I’d love the brisket, but the bbq chicken, not usually my thing, was really outstanding. One of our tablemates passed on the chicken initially and went back on the strength of our enthusiasm, only to find it all gone. When the rumor of a second batch circulated, he headed back at a dead run. The sausages were crispy and juicy—wished I had more room. Those shortbread cookies were a thing of beauty and I only managed one of the toffee bars (!) by jumping up and down.
Great to catch up with old friends as ever, and fun to put faces to familiar names. I can’t believe how lucky we were in the weather.
Oh, the irony!
After all the anticipation of attending on the original date (8/12), they had to bump it back two weeks - exactly the weekend of a cousin's TEXAS Bar Mitzvah!
Religious experiences aside...had you followed my recent post on the Texas Board, the good folks down south and west provided a heapin' helpin' of suggestions for a road trip to the "Holy Trinity" of Texas 'Cue. Alas, we regret that Lockhart, Taylor or Elgin were just a bit too far for a "day-trip" drive with three crotchety guys in tow - and that I-35 was under construction, making the intended pilgrimage unfit for the limited timeframe.
However, all was not lost as we headed to East Texas, specifically the area around Tyler and Kilgore, where the recommended 'Cues were Bodacious (a small chain) and COUNTRY TAVERN (Rte. 31 near Kilgore), the one we chose 'cause the other men insisted upon ribs. Needless to say, we weren't disappointed in the overall sense, as these ribs were smokin' good, as was the brisket. Both had the tenderness and flavor and a healthy smoke ring. Less interesting were the sausage cuts (allegedly Earl Campbell's). Sauce was served in bottles. Iced tea was refreshing and the SHINER BOCKs went down easy. All that in a dark room except for the bar's beer-neons. Downtown Kilgore itself is a 1930's Art Deco preservation worth seeing. And a stop to smell the roses (in 104-degree heat) at Tyler's Rose Garden Museum was sweet.
Having tasted the good life on Friday, we ventured closer to home on Saturday afternoon to original SONNY BRYAN'S...here the ribs came pre-slathered in a deep-dark saucy pool. I'll give them a qualified thumbs-up, but I didn't order since I was busier trying to score 8 seats together (and if you've been to the Bryan schoolhouse you know what I mean!). Would have preferred them served clean with some bottle-control. Also sampled the pork, brisket and sausage and they were equally rewarding.
Sunday, getaway day, during a three-hour weather delay at DFW, completely broke down with a "two-meat" ham-slab and links sandwich from "DICKIE'S"...can't say I suffered except from the unfulfilledness of not getting to that True Texas 'Cue Country. Next time.
Since attending the First 'Cue'Fest on Wards after the '03 Blackout, I know how real the deal should be. Sure sounds like the '06 BBQ was a screaming success and hope this "mitzvah" carries on deep into the future.
Not much to add to all the other accolades on this thread but I'd be remiss if I didn't say how grateful I am to the organizers and volunteers who made Saturday's event possible. A tremendous amount of work went on before, during, and after the event that made it a success.
Thanks to all who were involved.
There are lots of pictures of the event here -
As previously stated it was a blast at BBQ-NYC this year. It was an honor to cook and slice beside Zak Pelaccio and Rob Richter and to meet and mingle with fellow foodies.
I didn't get a chance to have the chicken but ate more than my share of deckle and pork. I really enjoyed the sides, too-- especially the potatoes, cole slaw and beans.
The IPA was my beer of the day....even though the sun didn't shine, the weather was pretty darn lovely.
I'm afraid you might have missed the best year foodwise ever. Not only were Bobby Richter & gang's meat as great as usual, but the trout was outstanding, and the sides were by far the best ever. I especially enjoyed the beans, cole slaw, and onions & feta. And the desserts were better and more plentiful than ever.
I enjoyed the smaller crowd and the cooler weather. Thanks to the organizers and volunteers -- it was a great day.
Great day yesterday. I can’t compare it to past years, as this was my first, but the food was scrumptious and there was plenty of it. (almost everyone at my table went back for seconds.) The pork and chicken were particularly tasty. Also, kudos to the dessert makers, the shortbread with chocolate & caramel was really delicious, as were the toffee bars.
It was great to catch up with many hounds I had not seen in a while and meet their friends, family & significant others. This is a terrific event, which I highly recommend for those who have not been.
Thanks to the organizers and the volunteers for all of your hard work.