So - went to J Mueller's meat co. for lunch. Left at 10:30 thinking the line would be huge - but it's a chilly day. No line, was done at 11, and now I'm back at work ready for a nap at 11:30. The plate you see is 1/4lb brisket and 1/2 lb beef short rib, and a mexican coke. TT&L ~16 bucks.
BBQ was a good inspiration for this weekends brisket. Fantastic - got the 'moist' and it was both flat and point still together. Bark was thick, peppery and sticky (Beef love?) The rib was crazy good - same thick crust. The BBQ sauce was very spicy (hot), a little goes a long way. Too much can cover it up in a hurry.
There was a line when I left. The pit is right there in a shack - you can tell he doesn't go for high volume production. Large offset smoker, three 3 foot doors. The facility is outdoors, picnic tables and trailers for food service. He's gotta be looking to upgrade, maybe wise enough to wait for a restaurateur to help instead of just some dude with cash?
Time to sleep.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++Austin, Texas. I'm the guy holding a beer.