Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Spring Shopping and BBQ Adventure

What a day, what a day. My mom-in-law and I took Michaela to the outlets in San Marcos yesterday. Good thing I had a fresh credit card (read: no balance) I'll be hiding all the sharp knives, ropes and tarps until I can ease my husband into the idea of purchasing all the kids spring/summer clothes at the same time. I'm sure there's a logic here... I just have to FIND it. Something to do with the price of gas maybe...

I found some great bargains though, and I'm still dangling new clothes like carrots to get what I want around here.

After we worked up quite an appetite shopping we wanted to try something new to eat. We'd both seen an episode of Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels where she highlighted the best barbecue places in Texas. One of the places was The Salt Lick just outside of Austin - which we just happened to (sort of) be also. I stopped a couple of young guys with snazzy cell phones and they got a google map to the place for me (they'd heard of it also...) It was a 34 mile drive - but well worth it.

We drove for what seemed like forever out into the country - never seeing another car on the road - and finally came upon the place. The huge parking lot was PACKED and on a TUESDAY NIGHT at about quarter after 8! Many stood waiting outside with 6 or 12 packs and some with coolers. As I read the menu while we waited I realized this was a BYOB joint. The ambiance was nothing to write home about - simple picnic style tables and benches and open kitchen with a huge pit in the center. Not much variety on the menu either... simply beef, pork ribs, sausage or chicken in season... (when the heck is chicken season???) potato salad (with no mayo) cole slaw (not traditional - but very tasty), beans and iced tea. They also offered free sides of pickles, onions and bread on request. There were a few desserts listed, but that was it!

I ended up getting a beef plate, extra potato salad, hold the beans. It was very tender and delicious. This was my first real exposure to "Texas BBQ". I hadn't been impressed with the meager sampling I'd had in our little town. But it's hard to impress a girl from Kansas City with BBQ from anywhere else. The sauce was decidedly different from KC BBQ, but very good in it's own right. Yup. Well worth the excursion out in the boonies for some good Q. I even came home with a pound to share with my mom and dad... They even threw in a couple of burnt ends - Now, I ask you, is there anything better???

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