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Foodbme

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The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 11:11 AM (permalink)
Has anyone hit all the places on the Texas BBQ Trail?
http://www.texasbbqtrail.com
If so, please report your impressions
 
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    Twinwillow

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    RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 11:32 AM (permalink)
    I have eaten at all those on on the, "Texas BBQ Trail". I am somewhat "dumbfounded" to see the (glaring) omission of Louis Mueller's BBQ in Taylor, Texas. IMHO, the very best on the "Texas BBQ Trail".
     
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      Foodbme

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      RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 11:56 AM (permalink)
      quote:
      Originally posted by twinwillow

      I have eaten at all those on on the, "Texas BBQ Trail". I am somewhat "dumbfounded" to see the (glaring) omission of Louis Mueller's BBQ in Taylor, Texas. IMHO, the very best on the "Texas BBQ Trail".


      I imagine the web site was developed by the companies in it, not by some outside source, and maybe Mueller's didn't want to join & pay. Just guessing
       
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        i95

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        RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 12:03 PM (permalink)
        Nor even a mention of:




        Has the world ended?
         
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          Foodbme

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          RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 12:23 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by i95

          Nor even a mention of:




          Has the world ended?



          Bad picture. Can't read it
           
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            Twinwillow

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            RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 12:36 PM (permalink)
            If you can't recognize the building or the logo, It probably won't matter to you. LOL
             
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              RibRater

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              RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 12:51 PM (permalink)



               
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                Sundancer7

                RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 1:27 PM (permalink)
                Kreuz for the brisket and Smittys for the sausage.

                I have done most of the places on the list and some or hit or miss.

                Best sausage I ever had was with RickF, The Mayor, Bushie and others at Smitty's. I never care for sausage until then.

                I have been to Kreuz several times and it always had good brisket.


                Paul E. Smith
                Knoxville, TN
                 
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                  Twinwillow

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                  RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 1:31 PM (permalink)
                  I'm mad for the beans at Smitty's. But, for me, Louis Mueller's for brisket.
                   
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                    Foodbme

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                    RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 1:42 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Sundancer7

                    Kreuz for the brisket and Smittys for the sausage.

                    I have done most of the places on the list and some or hit or miss.

                    Best sausage I ever had was with RickF, The Mayor, Bushie and others at Smitty's. I never care for sausage until then.

                    I have been to Kreuz several times and it always had good brisket.


                    Paul E. Smith
                    Knoxville, TN


                    The Travel Channel has a weekly show called "Food Paradise" They featured Kreuz' place last week. Go to www.travelchannel.com and you can see all the episodes of the shows they've done. Personally, I like their format better than Food Network. If I never see another"Cake Show" on FN I'd be happy.
                     
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                      Twinwillow

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                      RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 1:46 PM (permalink)
                      Oh man, you are right about those "cake shows". Same with most of the so called Food Network, "food competitions".
                       
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                        i95

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                        RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 1:47 PM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Foodbme

                        Bad picture. Can't read it


                        Sorry. Is this better?:










                         
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                          Sundancer7

                          RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 1:59 PM (permalink)
                          I-95. After my 1:58 PM cocktails, I can see you pic very clearly.

                          Paul E. Smith
                          Knoxville, TN
                           
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                            plb

                            RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 10:38 PM (permalink)
                            Only been to 2 of the 8, including my fav Southside. By coincidence I am passing through Lockhart tomorrow and am planning to check out both Black's and Smitty's.
                             
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                              i95

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                              RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Wed, 04/30/08 10:54 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Sundancer7

                              I-95. After my 1:58 PM cocktails, I can see you pic very clearly.

                              Paul E. Smith
                              Knoxville, TN


                              So, then, you're OK with images of porn now being posted on the site?


                              (And BTW, said image is upside-down. Or, IS it? )
                               
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                                RibRater

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                                RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Thu, 05/1/08 9:06 AM (permalink)
                                As to rating the places...I'm of the opinion that brisket is good for sandwiches and use in other dishes but is not very good eaten plain. The exception to that on this last trip was Smitty's which was cooked to a point of falling apart. That may or may not be good or proper texas brisket but it had more flavor and was enjoyable all by itself. I can't say that for any of the other 4 places we tried.

                                Every time I have brisket I get the feeling the meat was pulled about an hour or two before it was really "right". I've always wanted to like brisket but apart from Smitty's, unfortunately it's just lunch meat to me. I do enjoy a brisket sandwich though and the brisket I brought home from Kreuz and Blacks is serving us well on some yeast rolls dressed with dill chips, onions, bbq sauce, and a little mustard.

                                On the other hand, the ribs at kreuz and pshoepfs(sp?) were excellent as were the porkchops..Blacks were to salty. Sausage was greasy and not as heavily seasoned as I like sausage.. at all locations I tried.

                                 
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                                  Bushie

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                                  RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Thu, 05/1/08 9:55 AM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by Foodbme

                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by twinwillow

                                  I have eaten at all those on on the, "Texas BBQ Trail". I am somewhat "dumbfounded" to see the (glaring) omission of Louis Mueller's BBQ in Taylor, Texas. IMHO, the very best on the "Texas BBQ Trail".


                                  I imagine the web site was developed by the companies in it, not by some outside source, and maybe Mueller's didn't want to join & pay. Just guessing


                                  That could very well be the case. The bizarre omission of both Mueller's and Kreuz shows that something ain't quite kosher.

                                  On top of that, the site offers nothing that hasn't been said thousands, if not millions of times, so it's totally irrelevant as far as I'm concerned.

                                  plb, get the sausage at Smitty's!!!

                                  Kurt, I LOVE your humor!

                                   
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                                    i95

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                                    RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Fri, 05/2/08 7:46 AM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by Foodbme

                                    I imagine the web site was developed by the companies in it, not by some outside source, and maybe Mueller's didn't want to join & pay.


                                    Bingo -- a la those print ads frequently appearing in an airline's magazine featuring[url='http://www.primesteakhouses.com/']"America's Best Steakhouses"[/url] (you know, the ones who paid to be in this AD ). [|)]
                                     
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                                      mayor al

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                                      RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Fri, 05/2/08 8:15 AM (permalink)
                                      We tried a thick slice of Prime Rib (boneless) during our last visit to Kreuz. While ok, I prefer Brisket with more, much more, flavor. In the Beef catagory I must say I like Louis Mueller's BEEF RIBS over the sliced brisket. Those big bones were absolutely wonderfull. We have been lucky to find good and very good Pork Ribs at many of the Texas BBQ locations.

                                      Here is the Prime Rib from Kreuz...along with other samples of Brisket and Pork!



                                      Louis Mueller's provides my all time favorite...BEEF RIBS!! shown here with a couple of Pork Ribs, Onion Slice, Slaw, and Sauce!! Great Texas BBQ!
                                       
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                                        Akavar

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                                        RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Fri, 05/2/08 8:25 AM (permalink)
                                        FWIW - I have been to most of the places on the site.

                                        I agree with the others who have posted about some of the omissions.

                                        How can you leave out Kruez when you visit Lockhart?

                                        I have not visited Muellers, but there are so many good things that have been said about them - especially by Michael Stern - you have to wonder.

                                        How about adding Cooper's in Llano to the trail?

                                        http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13065&whichpage=3
                                         
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                                          Twinwillow

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                                          RE: The Texas BBQ Trail Fri, 05/2/08 9:58 AM (permalink)
                                          Al, I'm with you about those beef ribs from Louis Mueller's. I'm crazy for their brisket but their beef ribs are better there than anywhere else, inmo.
                                           
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