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Payin' respects to a ledgendary "BBQ Joint" on my way thru Central Texas.....

ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,790
edited May 2013 in EggHead Forum

Usually by the time you get here...they're all out....!!

Truly...there's smoke on the walls of their pitts older than I am!! 

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  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 505
    I have made that trip many times. I have been accused of leaving Austin or Houston just in time to be at CMM for an early lunch. But that's just a rumor.
    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, Original wife and 4 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. "Friends don't let friends cook with propane"
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 1,734
    It's worth the trip.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,790
    egger ave said:
    I have made that trip many times. I have been accused of leaving Austin or Houston just in time to be at CMM for an early lunch. But that's just a rumor.


    The fact that some would sully your  good name and reputation with those kind of (true) accusations...

    Shameless...I say...Shameless!!  

    :-O
  • North_Is_UpNorth_Is_Up Posts: 119
    I will be in Round Rock next week heading to College Station. Worth the diversion? Better than Franklin? Both run out of Que early, right? 
    XL BGE w/CyberQ Wifi, KCBS CTC CBJ
  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 505
    I will be in Round Rock next week heading to College Station. Worth the diversion? Better than Franklin? Both run out of Que early, righI

    I would check out Snows in Lexington

    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, Original wife and 4 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. "Friends don't let friends cook with propane"
  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 650
    Snows only open on Saturdays. Where is this City Meat Market?

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,478

    Luling.

    I'm going to try and stop there when we head down Memorial Day weekend, but since I'm picking up Mrs. G at Love Field in Dallas at 3 and driving straight on, I'm sure they won't have any food left.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 505
    GQuiz said:
    Snows only open on Saturdays. Where is this City Meat Market?
    http://citymeatmarket.biz/
    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, Original wife and 4 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. "Friends don't let friends cook with propane"
  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 826
    I recommend you stop by Mueller's and get the original recipe :)

    Here's an interesting bit of recent BBQ lore in town.  I think it 'shorts' Aaron a little - he wasn't *just* a cashier.
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    Austin, Texas.  I'm the guy holding a beer.
  • North_Is_UpNorth_Is_Up Posts: 119
    Thanks. Mueller's is definitely on the way. This California-based egger is going to have some fun this week in Texas.
    XL BGE w/CyberQ Wifi, KCBS CTC CBJ
  • City meat market is in giddings. City market (the good one) is in Lulling. CMM is good too but City Market in Lulling is the famous one

  • Giddings is on hwy 290 between Houston/austin

  • bbqlearnerbbqlearner Posts: 639

    What's good at CMM? Interested to know since I passed it a few times to Snow's but didn't know there's a good Q there.

    Houston, TX - Buddy LBGE, Don SBGE, Tiny Mini & Shiny Momma Pitts n Spitts

  • If you are passing it on the way to snow's, don't stop. Brisket, sausage are good but no comparison. A lot of people mistake it for City Market in Lulling but that's down by Lockhart. City Market is top 5 in TX. CMM is good but not in the class of the big boys.

  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,790

    Sure enough...sometimes it's, (if you get there in time...lol!!)  better than others!!  

    I'd also agree.... if you're into "rankings"...then there's definitely better at other stops in the BBQ Triangle.

    That said...One of the cool things about "Texas BBQ"...is it's history and tradition!! 

    Every time I can...I like to stop and pay my respects, soak in a little local flavor...and tip my hat if you will!!

    We're lucky to have so many places to do just that...(as long as you get there in time).,..lol!!!!

     

    Evans

  • North_Is_UpNorth_Is_Up Posts: 119
    Again, I'm coming in from Northern California. Spending one night in Austin. A few hours in Round Rock the next day and then on to College Station, where my wife is from, for a few days. 

    I am aware that any Texas BBQ is going to be better than the boiled ribs that I get around here. I do not mind driving say 50 miles out of the way for some great Que. And, I am going to be around for quite a few meals next week.

    When I went to Maine a few years ago, it was a lobster-fest for me. When in Texas, I'm doing steaks and BBQ only. Thanks for the great ideas.


    XL BGE w/CyberQ Wifi, KCBS CTC CBJ
  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 650
    Thanks @centex. Will have to try sometime. Looking forward to the TM list this month. More places to explore. I'm still a Smitty's and Buzzie's guy.

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,790
    edited May 2013

    Since you're limited in time...pound for pound, there's more good Q (and tradition) in the city of Lockhart ...than most anywhere else in TX!

    Not a bad drive from the Austin area either!

    Enjoy your stay!

    We're headed for our yearly pilgrimage (back) to Northern California in the near future!!

    Cant wait...!!

     

     

  • In Austin you could just do Franklin's, J. mueller, LA Barbecue (the old J. Mueller's with Franklin's pitmaster), and Salt Lick in Round Rock. You will not go away hungry or unhappy at any. If you go to Lockhart do yourself a favor and drive 14 miles further to Lulling and do City market too. From Round Rock, you are 30 minutes from Louie Mueller's in Taylor and 45 from Snow's in Lexington. Snow's is only open Saturdays from 8 unitl they run out of meat. Currently #1 on TX Monthly BBQ ranking in TX. You can get every bit as good at Franklin, LA barbecue, or J. Mueller's in Austin though.

  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,790
    edited May 2013

    @ Cen-Tex....

    Tell me, Is it just me...or is Elgin Smokehouse (in spite of the hordes of cars there on Sundays)...pretty mediocre Q? After a couple tries...I just don't get the attraction!

    I've tried to "talk myself into it" a couple of times after getting to Taylor late, and missing out...but I just give up!

    Am I alone here?

  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 1,734
    For the experience, I like going to the original Salt Lick in Driftwood.  It's remarkable to see multple acres of cars parked in the middle of nowhere and all those people just enjoying the vibe as they hang out and wait for their table.  The wine and beer shack next door comes in pretty handy and makes the wait much more enjoyable.  They sell some wines from Driftwood Vineyards which are pretty good.  If they have the Longhorn Red just get it.  Trust me.  At a huge wine-tasting event in the Alamodome with great wines from all over the world, several of us agreed that it was the best wine we tasted that evening.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • Chubby said:

    @ Cen-Tex....

    Tell me, Is it just me...or is Elgin Smokehouse (in spite of the hordes of cars there on Sundays)...pretty mediocre Q? After a couple tries...I just don't get the attraction!

    I've tried to "talk myself into it" a couple of times after getting to Taylor late, and missing out...but I just give up!

    Am I alone here?

    it's garbage cooked in gas ovens and slopped onto plates. I darkened the door 1 time. Junk



  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,130
    Elgin used to be good...but now I would not waste my time or money.. Weekdays mueller's in Taylor, city market giddings, city market in lulling, Snow's on a Saturday morning, just not during football season and certain cuts at Blacks (when the beef rib is cooked right it pretty good eats).
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
  • North_Is_UpNorth_Is_Up Posts: 119
    So many choices. This is great. I'll report back when I've returned to my BBQ-deprived home town.
    XL BGE w/CyberQ Wifi, KCBS CTC CBJ
  • North_Is_UpNorth_Is_Up Posts: 119
    It looks like Mr. President will be in the Austin area on Thursday, the same time as my visit. He's going to a school in Manor and a "unnamed" tech company. I wonder if we both have appointments at the same place? @The Cen-Tex Smoker: I think that your idea about Taylor is spot on. It's on the way to College Station, our final destination. 
    XL BGE w/CyberQ Wifi, KCBS CTC CBJ
  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,790
    edited May 2013

    @ North_Is_Up

    I assume you're stopping @ Mueller's in Taylor!

    I'd call ahead...and see what time they're usually running out of whatever you're going for, so you're there while there is still some "there" there....(he says..."speaking from experience")...lol!!

    During the week they're open till 6...but I'd be there well...well ahead of that...!!

    (512) 352-6206

    It's a real slice of Texas "Americana"...for sure!

     

  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 505
    Mr. Nobama is visiting Applied Materials using the new toll road. Traffic will be screwed up for hours if it's like his last visit. I am planning on staying far away from the east side of Austin and the airport Thursday. I would go take 79 in Round Rock to Taylor. The toll road is usually faster than I-35. Don't know if will be true on Thursday.
    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, Original wife and 4 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. "Friends don't let friends cook with propane"
  • It looks like Mr. President will be in the Austin area on Thursday, the same time as my visit. He's going to a school in Manor and a "unnamed" tech company. I wonder if we both have appointments at the same place? @The Cen-Tex Smoker: I think that your idea about Taylor is spot on. It's on the way to College Station, our final destination. 
    You might want to bring a ventilator. They just let the smoke pour out into the restaurant and it's about 100 years old. All the business cards on the wall are browned out from the smoke. Good times though, even if you do smoke the equivalent of a pack of Marlboro Reds while waiting in line. 

    Not my fave but certainly in the Pantheon of accepted Texas greats. I actually like Salt Lick in Round Rock better but their brisket sucks. I judge all greats by their brisket (and all Tex Mex joints by their salsa) and Louie's brisket is way better than Salt Lick. It's not even in the same class so i would go there if you are choosing 1 spot. If you are going to be coming back through or feeling froggy on Saturday morning, hit up snow's in lexington. Get there early, they sell out of brisket before noon. It's worth the hour drive from CS and it's kind of on the way home if you are coming back on Saturday. 

    Or if you are really mad at it, take the scenic route and go down to Lockhart/Lulling on your way back. 

    Have fun and don't be scared to stop in a tex-mex greasy spoon on your travels. You may very well be rewarded with an awesome meal (or extreme gastro-intestinal distress- it's kind of a crap shoot- probably could have picked a better word for that- oh well, just do it). Just go Tex-Mex enchiladas (cheese with chili con carne on top), rice and beans and you can't miss.







  • BTW- "Louie's" is Louie Mueller's in Taylor. Didn't mean to throw you off there. 

  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 505
    " I actually like Salt Lick in Round Rock better but their brisket sucks. "

    Agreed, not worth the $$. Their ribs are OK.  Johnny-T's on RR 620 in Round Rock has better brisket.

    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, Original wife and 4 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. "Friends don't let friends cook with propane"
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