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Jul 21, 2013 08:07 AM

BBQ Today!

Trying to determine where to go for BBQ today. My father-in-law is in town from Philly, and he needs BBQ. Do to family size, we'll need two cars. He'd probably love the salt lick, but that's too far for a caravan today.

Stiles Switch is close, and should be acceptable, but I haven't clicked with them yet. I understand that the beef rib is very good, and the sausages are worthy of going there just for that. He does like pork ribs.....they were a bit dry the last time I was there.

Ruby's - I haven't been there in a long time. I always liked to go because they had better sides. How's the cue lately?

The Pit/Mann's - was also thinking of going old school. These places have been in business for a long time. Mann's seems kind of expensive, though. I just now noticed that the Pit is closed anyhow.

Mickelthwait - what's up with that?

LA BBQ - what time to they run out on Sundays?

Green Mesquite - I like the atmosphere, but not the cue so much. However, their pork ribs are okay and there's some good sides.

Other ideas?

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  1. I wasn't impressed with Stiles Switch either. Not bad, but just not that good. I've heard good things about Micklethwait but haven't gone yet. The last couple of times I've been to Ruby's, it's been great... that's one of my favorite easy in-town places.

    Not sure about La BBQ, but I'd imagine they wouldn't sell out til well after lunch time. It's not a super hot place at the moment, no? On that note, why didn't you mention Mueller's in the list? Is he out of the biz again?

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    1. re: popvulture

      Well, I was trying to keep the search within a reasonable drive because we are taking two cars. And we'll probably need to sit in the air conditioning, even though it has been hotter in Philadelphia than in Austin!

      Trying to consider price, also, so we don't end up racking up an $100 tab. I noticed that that Green Mesquite has a full rack of baby backs with two sides for $17. How are they?

      We probably won't go until 2-4 PM.

      1. re: rudeboy

        green mesquite would have to pay me much more then $17 to eat their bbq. I went to the location in southpark meadows and it was truly disgusting.

        1. re: chrisdds98

          Yeah, we ruled that one out. I'm still hampered by 20 year-old memories from there.

          I just realized that John Mueller is on E. 6th, and not way downtown. Any idea when he runs out? It's looking like 3-4 PM at this point. Those short ribs look awesome. No phone number to call, however. Here's his site:

          1. re: rudeboy

            Yeah that's the new location I was referring to. I heard several comments that it was good right when he split/relocated, but haven't heard much as of late. If you go, I'd love a report.

            1. re: rudeboy

              Might be too late, and I don't know when they run out (we left on Thursday around 1:30 and they were going strong), but I first ate La BBQ (former J. Mueller location) last week and loved it. The brisket was melt in your mouth with perfect bark, the pork rib had some tooth but was moist and tender and came clean off the bone, and the turkey was the best BBQ turkey I've EVER had (clearly a great job on the brine - not overly salty and practically wringing wet / moist). The sausage was just as I like it as well - not the loafy fine grind stuff, but a nice course grind and some snap. very good. they call it hot guts. great great BBQ. I love Mueller, Franklin, and this place as the royal trifecta of Austin Cue.

              Stiles is way better than green mesquite and when their beef rib and brisket game is ON, it's as good as anyone in town. consistency is the problem. the pork ribs are worthless. sides are pretty good. AC works well. I do like the sausage too.

              1. re: slowcoooked

                Hey, thanks for all of the quick responses, my friends. Ended up at Ruby's because it was close to the Eastwood's splash pad (for the kids). Went there first, got wet - it started raining a little, and then we stopped at Ruby's. We ordered the following:

                Rack of baby back ribs - at $1.25 per pound a rack was about $21 or $22. Even though I saw it come out of a warmer, whole, it was pretty good. Not ethereal by any means, but a good rib will eat: this one did sufficiently.

                Sausage - 1/2 pound was coarse and peppery.....adequate for the purpose and filling when inserted into bread with pickles and onions.

                Smoked turkey - should have known when they asked: "do you want it heated?" Almost bailed for a 1/2 chicken but wound up ordering anyhow. If you don't have the throughput on smoked turkey, know.

                Sides were mustard potato salad and slaw vinaigrette. Potato salad was a good every-day picnic-salad. The slaw was pretty good, having a vinegar bite and a nice, fresh, crunchiness.

                1. re: rudeboy

                  Great call and so much better at BBQ than Green Mesquite !! Ruby's just gets a little pricey a little fast for my BBQ dollar - but 4 blocks from work works. I've never left disappointed and think theirs are in the top 3 collards in town. slaw as you note is good too. the sausage I'm pretty sure is Elgin. One of my favorites there is the cabbage soup, especially in cold months. unique and cheap. off and on the menu however.