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!
While the restaurant is technically mobile, they keep it in the same location.
And a la train cars, there’s a caboose attached with a smoker inside.
Drink options include a half liter of Mexican Coke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m not even a fan of moon pies at all, and these were fantastic. Crisp layered cookies with creamy marshmallow in between. Mmm…