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My New Favorite BBQ Place in Austin

I just found a new favorite barbeque place in Austin, and it is literally off the beaten path.

Micklethwait Craft Meats is a sort-of-restaurant-sort-of-food-truck located in East Austin somewhere around 1309 Rosewood Avenue.

The food truck is parked in a grassy area attached to a parking lot, complete with wooden benches and chairs.  Edit: a reader let me know these foreign objects are called “picnic tables”.  Thanks!

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While the restaurant is technically mobile, they keep it in the same location.

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And a la train cars, there’s a caboose attached with a smoker inside.

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Drink options include a half liter of Mexican Coke.

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But the real winner is the food.

I had an order of the beef brisket, which was the most tender beef brisket barbeque I’ve ever had.

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The sauce had a nice kick to it, but didn’t have so much flavor that it took away from the amazing smokiness of the beef.

I also tried the pork ribs, which put mine to shame.

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Fall off the bone good.

And since pork shoulder is my favorite, I always judge a place by its pulled pork sandwiches.  And these ones really won.  Again, nice and smoky.  Not that sweet BBQ flavor some places do.

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But this was definitely one of those places where I wished I couldn’t get full.  Because the meats were amazing, but the sides were also great.

My favorite was the jalapeño grits.

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The bread on the side also wasn’t a throw away item.  It was fresh from a local bakery and held up to the BBQ sauce.  Edit: just found out all bakery items are made in house, so the bread, rolls, and moon pies are all theirs.

All in all, I was completely stuffed but wanted to keep eating.  And then I discovered they have homemade moon pies.

I attempted to digest as fast as I could, but a friend helped me eat the moon pie.

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I’m not even a fan of moon pies at all, and these were fantastic.  Crisp layered cookies with creamy marshmallow in between.  Mmm…

 

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

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10 comments

  1. I am going to Austin for Christmas this year. I’ll have to check this place out.

  2. I’ll have to try this one as well. My favorite BBQ place in ATX is la Barbecue (http://labarbecue.com), also a food trailer, just south of downtown. The trick with la Barbecue is to order online…then you can skip the line and pick up your meat without waiting.

  3. Three things: 1) that’s a half-liter of coke, 2) those are called “picnic tables” down here and 3) congrats, this is one place I haven’t tried yet. The smoke ring on the brisket looks fabulous and the pork ribs don’t appear overcooked. Now you’ve made me hungry for barbecue… 🙂

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      1. You are totally right. 2. Thanks! We didn’t have those in the Bronx 😉 3. Let me know what you think if you go! I was sad to leave Texas because of all the barbecue! 🙂

  4. Check my bbq blog out for other places to try around Austin. I do love me some Micklethwait. Tom is the man.

  5. So Jeanne, I’m glad someone told you that the bread isn’t from a local bakery, its made from scratch. It doesn’t stop there; so is the sausage, the sides, and the sauce, even the rub we use for specialty items. I say we because I do the overnight butchery and smoking with Tom. Reading your post and seeing how much you enjoyed our hard work makes this effort so worthwhile. Don’t be a stranger, and thanks so much.

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