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2008/06/07 13:17:10 (permalink)

www.saltlickbbq.com

I ran into an article on this outfit. Looks interesting. Ran a search and the Austin Trip showed up with 360+ responses and 14+ pages. Too many to go through. Can anybody give me a read on this place. Thanks in advance for responding.
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    mayor al
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/07 13:29:35 (permalink)
    We enjoyed our visit to the Salt Lick BBQ ! Good food, nice folks, and very visitor friendly for looking around at the prep-area. Check my trip report for the Austin trip the year before the bus tour. We got some good photos there.
    Here's a link to the report...go to P.9 of that report for Photos.
    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=17265
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    euclid
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/07 14:26:31 (permalink)
    Thanks, your pictures are worth a thousand words. Would you consider this to be a must stop in this BBQ rich environment. Will be in that area next month for a few days. Perhaps you would be so kind to direct me to, in your opinion, the top spots.
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/07 14:27:43 (permalink)
    Here is what Jane and I thought about it when we visited a few months ago:[url='http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=5417']Salt Lick Review[/url]
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/07 14:42:17 (permalink)

    There are an almost unlimited number of excellent BBQ places within an easy ride of Austin, as the recent Roadfood Bus Tour demonstrated. Some are more "family-oriented" than others. Some are downright 'primitive' in their ambience, which can be a real plus for some visitors!
    The Salt Lick is one of the more "refined" places, in that you sit down and order off a menu, rather than at a counter and carry your food around on Butcher paper or a tray as you do at some of the other places.

    Take a look at the restaurant reviews for Texas on this site. Many of the great BBQ locations are reviewed in detail here.
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/07 14:59:09 (permalink)
    I have tried two Salt Lick locations in Austin. The one west of town is the best to me. The one closer to town has the best view which is located right on the water. I first tried this one a few years ago with Bushie. Another time I got everything they had right off the grill. I truly enjoyed it.

    http://www.saltlickbbq.com/

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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/07 15:24:55 (permalink)
    I know Salt Link because my brother in law sends us a brisket every year from their as a gift, and it is terrific! So if frozen brisket tastes this good traveling east - fresh and local has got to be awesome!
    enjoy
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/08 12:03:14 (permalink)
    Appreciate the heads up by all. As an aside, ambience does not float my boat. Good BBQ does! And the Austin area seems to have multiple options to choose from. Hmm, where to start? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. You'll note that I'm just a burger, no Roadfood warrior.
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/08 12:16:57 (permalink)
    My favorite two places are Louie Mueller's in Taylor and Smitty's in Lockhart, both outside of Austin You can find their Roadfood reviews here:

    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=576&RefID=576

    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=584&RefID=584

    But, I bet you will find any of the places reviewed here on Roadfood will have really good 'que.

    Having never been to Salt Lick, I can't compare it to the places I mentioned.
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/08 12:43:23 (permalink)
    The family style "all you can eat" 'que option is the way to go. They bring out platters of pork ribs, brisket and hot links, along with sides.

    The pork ribs, IMO, are the weak link (pun semi-intended) of the meat offerings. My preference is baby backs because they tend to be more tender. The pork ribs at Saltlick (I've been to the original Driftwood location four times) tend to be a bit on the dry side. The brisket (beef is definitely king in TX) is very good. The hot links are typical (which is to say, very good) TX offerings.

    The sauce, very unusual for TX, is a mustard based sauce. While I tend to be a fan of more traditional tomato based sauces, I have to admit the Saltlick sauce is one of my favorites.

    As a matter of interest, there is now a sister Saltlick in the Red Rock Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. (They advertise that the brisket is flown in every day from Austin.) The menu is a bit different and somewhat pricier.
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/08 13:16:20 (permalink)
    You'll get a lot different opinions about Salt Lick. The one in town on 360 has closed. Personally, if your in the Austin area and want really true BBQ, head out to Taylor and go to Louis Mueller's. The best damn BBQ in the world! Or, head out to Lockhart and go to Smitty's or Black's or Kruez's. they are all better than Salt Lick. IMHO.
    I don't care for Salt lick BBQ. But, a lot of people do. It probably does more business than all of the former places I mentioned.
    Try it for yourself and then try the others before any reports.
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/08 13:20:57 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by buffetbuster

    My favorite two places are Louie Mueller's in Taylor and Smitty's in Lockhart, both outside of Austin You can find their Roadfood reviews here:

    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=576&RefID=576

    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=584&RefID=584

    But, I bet you will find any of the places reviewed here on Roadfood will have really good 'que.

    Having never been to Salt Lick, I can't compare it to the places I mentioned.


    Buffetbuster, my two faves are Louis Muller's and Smitty's too!
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/08 14:10:46 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by euclid
    "the Austin Trip showed up with 360+ responses and 14+ pages. Too many to go through. ."


    Our instant gratification, I want it all now, society is a Pet Peeve of mine. One of the major ideas of Roadfood.com is---- Reading and sharing ideas. A lot of you newer members don't get it. You look for the shortcuts and easy ways out. You had their website, just look them up if you want a quick answer. Don't expect everyone else to do your homework for you and then just sit back and wait for the "Readers Digest" version to be handed to you. You don't need to read 360+ responses. After 10-15, the picture should be pretty clear. ALSO That's what the "Search" button is for. Get off your butt and do your own homework.
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/08 14:24:07 (permalink)
    I woud have Louis Muellers at the top of my list as well. Kreuz Market, Blacks, Smitty's are close behind. Salt Lick would be in my 'second level' choices. It is closer to Austin, and more of a place I would take my Mom (RIP) for Good Texas BBQ...but it is in the SECOND Tier, for sure. If you go to Louis Muellers, look at the smoke-stained business card tacked to the wall..I have two posted there, One from 1995 and one from 2006. Notice the different degree of 'smoke-stain' between those two cards !! Muellers is a classic place, I love their Beef Ribs and Brisket.
    Here are the Beef and pork Ribs at Muellers



    And here I am enjoying the Beef Rib!



    Here is a sample of our meat choices at Kreuz's Market. This was outstanding Meat! Notice the difference in the presentation between these places and Salt Lick. For some that is important, for others bring on the meat and who cares about the plate !!


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    euclid
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/08 16:37:16 (permalink)
    Foodbme- I would observe that there are some wonderful, intelligent, sharing and informative people who participate in all of the Forums. You will never be accused of being in that group
    If you would remove the tire jack from between your ears and the blinders from your eyes, clarity and light would, perhaps may, result.
    The one and only PET PEEVE I have about Roadfood are the few electonic bullys who stalk the Forums. Perhaps you are one of those.
    From a practical perspective, it should be apparent to you that most people do not have the time nor would they make the time to visit all the BBQ joints in the Austin region. The pure joy of Roadfood is the sharing of our experiences of the culinary world. A world made much smaller and manageable by Roadfood and the individuals who contribute. I respect their opinions.
    How you could arrive at your conclusions is difficult to fathom. I ask for directions when I am lost. When I am in a new city or country I ask where's a good place to eat. And although it may surprise you, I also tell them the type of food that I like AND have them direct me to the place they think is the best. I hardly think that can be defined as seeking instant gratification. I think thats common sense. And actually I usually am on my butt when doing homework on the computer. You may wish to take your computer out of yours.
    Thanks to all for narrowing my world in Austin with your great suggestions and enthusiasm. Please forgive and ignore my response to Foodbme.
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/12 10:51:12 (permalink)
    Haven't had a chance to get up there and try anything at Salt Lick. my sister and her boyfriend plan to come for Thanksgiving,so we plan to do a bbq run to Lockhart.I thank everybody for your suggestions and the photos you take look great.
    I can buy beef ribs at H.E.B.,but they don't have the meat on them like in the photo at Louie Mueller's.
    We shouldn't fight,after all we all enjoy food and have different tastes,and yes it is daunting to go through a lot of posts,but sometimes it can be worth it.
    Oh DUh,just had my Homer moment.My sister got me a 75 dollar Visa gift card,should have gone and bought a digital camera a cheap one.I have off next week Friday from TJMAXX,so I think I will go to Texas Pride Barbecue for their friday Fish Fry.If I had the camera,I would take pictures of the bbq and the band,etc.
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    RE: www.saltlickbbq.com 2008/06/12 10:55:54 (permalink)
    AL-
    What a great picture of you enjoying some excellent barbecue. It looks like you have a beef rib mustache! Man, I sure do love Louie Mueller's.
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