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Hill Country - what's best?

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going to hill country (finally) on saturday, what are people's opinions on the best cuts of meat? what are the best sides as well? any other recs are welcome (on what to order or do there)

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  1. Brisket is great. I also like the beef ribs. Haven't tried the sausage, but I've heard that's good.

    1. I also like their brisket and always ask for extra fatty :D. Their short ribs are good too.

      I didn't think the sauages were that special.
      People like their cup cakes but I didn't like them. Just my personal taste...

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        their moist brisket can be extremely fatty sometimes. other times, its just absolutely positively the best bbq meat in nyc. tell the cutter that you want moist brisket but not with tons of fat on it.

        their pork ribs are good but i can never eat more than 2 without feeling full. their sausages are insanely good. i get the regular but the jalapeno is great too.

        i tend to avoid everything else there. sides are all ok...i like the cheesy mac and cheese but eating too much really ruins the meat for me. save room for peanut butter and jelly cupcakes...they are great.

        1. re: sam1

          Agree that the moist brisket can be too fatty, and it definitely isn't good to have too much fat (on the side) as it cools off and the fat solidifies. So it needs to be eaten fast! I prefer to order just a few slices first and eat and order more than to order a whole lot all at once.

          The lean brisket and the shoulder are too lean for me.

          As for the sausages, mine were overcooked and dry. But if they were piping hot and fresh I think they would have worked.

          I preferred the banana cream pudding to the PB&J cupcakes, though my friends did like the cupcakes (and I gave them all of mine)

          1. re: sam1

            The moist brisket is delicious. Fatty, yes, but the lean is just way, way too lean. Some have recommended a combo of both but the lean is just pointless for me w/out BBQ sauce (which you're not supposed to use with Texas BBQ). The ribs were good, as was the mac and cheese. I want to try the beer can game hen.

            Tried both sausages a few times - they're good but I can barely eat two links. I have a strong stomach but more than a few bits of that sausage just kicks my ass, and I don't want anymore.

        2. the brisket is amazing. the chicken is good for chicken, but just can't compare to delish beef brisket. i didn't try the ribs. the jalapeno sausages were great, too. the bourbon mashed potatoes weren't worth the stomach space, the mac and cheese was good, and i am a huge peanut butter fan, so I loved the peanut butter and jelly cupcake -- really just the frosting was amazing.

          1. This is Texas barbeque, so beef trumps pig. The brisket is the best in the city, imo.

            Though I was there a couple weeks ago on a Saturday and they had something new for the first time that night. It was wild boar ribs. They were about the same size as the long end of standard pork ribs and a deep red color. They were fantastic, but expensive. If I recall correctly, 4 ribs came to about $19.

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            1. re: Scott V

              Um, the wild boar sounds tempting! I should go visit again! :D

              Thanks for the tip!

            2. I like the pork ribs and peanut butter and jelly cupcakes the best. The sausage was a little dry for me, but I've only been there at odd hours, instead of in the thick of service when food is usually best.

              You know what else is awesome there? They have very fine sweet tea, which this southern transplant misses the most.