Our final BBQ stop in our brisket ‘n’ beef rib adventure was at Micklethwate Craft Meats… and we made it just in time!
As we arrived at this quaint and cool looking food truck (with a name that sounds like it’d be suited to a village in the English Cotswolds) we were told the lucky news by Quinn. He had sold out of just about everything… except for a final 2 lbs of beef rib. So we took half of that off of his hands along with 2 of his sides and took a seat with Hilah from ‘Hilah’s Cooking‘, who, as a local Texan, kindly agreed to join us for a bite to eat.
The beef rib was UNBELIEVABLY HUGE! I swear it’ll look big in the hands of Fred Flintstone. The side of lemon and poppyseed slaw had both white and green cabbage and was much lighter and fresher than any of side we’d tried this week. Perfect to balance out the ginormous beef rib which, although fatty, pulled apart with a spoon and tasted intensely rich. Meanwhile, the side of pinto beans were well seasoned and earthy in flavour. Yet again… a bbq platter that I’d happily and confidently recommend to others!
Hilah was awesome and gave us several suggestions for what to eat, drink and do in Austin… not to mention plenty of places to definitely avoid. She also gave us her top tip for spotting a good BBQ place… they won’t serve it with sauce, Texan BBQ doesn’t need a sauce, just the rub and cooking… the rest speaks for itself. If you’re given sauce it\s probably trying to hide something!
For the first time so far in Austin we ventured off-piste a little to try a slice of pecan pie and moon pie from the truck too. The moon pie was like a double ‘Wagon Wheel’ in our eyes. Graham cracker style biscuits wedged together with marshmallow and dipped in chocolate. You had to eat it quick as the chocolate melted fast in the heat! The pecan pie had a serious pie crust on it and the filling was deep, nutty and ridiculously sticky! The lot of us devoured the two portions in seconds… we didn’t even wait for forks… we just applied the same method of getting stuck into your bbq with your hands on the sweet stuff too!
We were late in the day at Craft Meats so choice was minimal… but what we had was fab. In fact, right across the last 48 hours we’ve had non-stop unbeatable bbq… each place offering up something very different and unique.