Please review/critique my plan and logistics
Los Angeles hound here and I'm making a bbq pilgrimage. I've never had bbq outside of the West Coast except for one meal in Lexington KY years ago. I've got a week and I'm determined to expand my knowledge and palate. I'm sure what many of you consider just average would be sublime to me.
I'll be staying near University of Texas, will have a car and an adventurous spirit. I'm landing at noon on a Wednesday and flying out at noon the following Wednesday. Taking into consideration hours of operation and crowds, my current plan is as follows:
Wednesday – Triangle Market, Iron Works
Thursday – Lockhart Smitty's, Kruez's, Black's
Friday – Franklin
Saturday – Snow's, Luling's City Market
Sunday – Sam's evening
Monday – Artz's
Tuesday – Louie Mueller (Taylor) Mann's
Wednesday – Rudy's before flight.
I plan to order at least a half pound of brisket, a few ribs and a link at each place. Unless it's a place like Sam's which specializes in mutton, then I'd swap out something else. I would appreciate any other suggestions for the places listed, such as if I'm better off getting beef or pork ribs or staying away from a particular item. I really don't care much about sides. I'm about trying the meat. Any sides I get will be more of a palate cleanser, got to save room for all the meat I plan to eat.
My plan has some holes in it and I'm still searching a bit for things to fill. I'll be doing some walking tours an generally just exploring Austin in between meals. I'm used to walking a lot and just exploring cities.
Some other thoughts I had was possibly breakfast taco's since that's another Austin specialty. Perhaps Mi Madre's?
Thank you for any help and advice.
2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648
Have you mapped out Saturday? It sure will be a lot of time driving. Acc'd to google maps going from UT to Snows, then to Luling then back to UT is 183 miles (over 4 hours accd to them). I'd re-think those logistics, if it were me.
Also, you might want to add John Mueller's new BBQ place. Acc'd to those that have been there it is good. And it is in town.
My thought about Saturday was to hit Snow's first thing in the morning when they open after 8. I'd have it for breakfast, the drive to Luling would be a good break and it could be lunch. Then drive back to Austin in time to do stuff for the afternoon. 183 miles in one day doesn't sound too bad to me if I'm breaking it up with a couple of stops. I was thinking I'll only be driving an hour or so in between stops. But I've never driven in Texas, so maybe that's not realistic. Being from LA, driving for an hour at freeway speeds with no stop and go traffic is heaven, I just put some music on and an hour will fly.
But again, I've never driven in Texas so maybe that's a wrong assumption on my part.
ditch Iron Works, sub Live Oak BBQ (all is good)
on Lockhart leg ditch Black's, and go 15 miles down the road to City Market in Luling (especially pork ribs and sausage)
on Sat hit Snow's (be sure and get some pork loin) and then Louie Mueller's and Taylor Cafe (especially turkey sausage and fatty brisket) on the way back to town
on Tuesday hit JR Mueller's new spot on South First (since you will have already been to Louis Mueller's)
check Franklin;s schedule online, and get there by 10:30 am at the latest
633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648
I haven't been to Live Oak, so I can't comment there, but rest of your recs are good *except* for skipping Black's. The last few times I've been to Lockhart, Black's outshone Smitty's and I've just given up on Kreuz.
cm, your advice to hit Snow's and the Taylor joints on Saturday makes much more logistical sense. To the OP, if you still want to hit up Luling, you're better off doing so on your Lockhart jaunt.
Okay, I guess Snow's and Taylor's on Saturday is more logical.
Luling with the Lockhart jaunt. I still want to hit the big 3 Black's, Smith's and Kruez's even if it's to poke my head in and get a small portion. I figure I owe it to myself to at least try it, especially since this is trip is to expand my knowledge and palate.
If I'm hitting all four within the span of a few hours, I'll only want to order lightly at each place anyway. Although I will have a fridge in my room. How about some cold bbq for a late night snack or early morning breakfast? haha!