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Fixin' Supper

Talkin' 'bout what to fix for supper. Tonight, tomorrow night....

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Salt Lick

I've written about barbecue before, but you can't come to Texas without the subject coming up. Summer has been telling us how great The Salt Lick is for the longest time, and having put down Texas barbecue my whole life, I was eager to confirm my assertions.

The Salt Lick is near Driftwood, Texas, relatively near Austin. An easy drive for dinner for sure. I don't think it's near much else, but that isn't a negative. I think they had to put it out there to accommodate the hundreds of cars that show up every night. Even when Cole [playing photographer here], Summer, Rex and I arrived last night around 7:30, we waited around an hour or so for a table. This at a restaurant with two enormous banquet halls to seat all the patrons.

S.L. is in a dry county, so it's a bring-your-own place. The hanging-out atmosphere in the waiting area of the gravel parking lot really reminds you of a family reunion or a church picnic. For one, there are a million people there. Everyone's drinking a beer, sitting on picnic tables or standing around talking, and dozens of little kids are running around, throwing rocks and jumping off the stone walls. Good times.

We were lucky because we got to eat on the side with the pit. It just sits right behind the cash register when you walk in the door. I guess there are lots of other barbecue restaurants with indoor pits, but it seems so odd to walk right in and see it there. It sure smells good, though. Yikes on the fire insurance. On the other hand, maybe they don't have any. They're in the middle of nowhere, so probably volunteer fire department. It's a wooden building with a big stone pit in the middle? Hmmm.

The best part of the experience was dinner. Now, I'm not being untrue to my roots in saying this. While Texas "barbecue" is definitely meat cooked in a barbecue style, it's just not barbecue. Barbecue is pulled pork. Period. You can also make barbecued ribs. To me, it's even two different things to "go eat barbecue" and "go eat ribs." But here in Texas, barbecue is all meat.

We ate family style. The spread included cole slaw, potato salad, bread, sausage, brisket, ribs and onions. There was more than one comment along the lines of "the best sausage I've ever eaten." It was all good. But as we also observed, you keep us waiting and hour and a half, we'd eat an old tire.


At 6:41 AM, Blogger TWM said...

The best BBQ I had while living in Texas was at a County Line restaurant. Even 10 years later we still talk about the great beans they had - LOL

At 6:36 AM, Blogger tom naka said...

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