Micklewait Craft Meats

My buddy Eric, whom I’ve gone with to eat most of the BBQ I’ve written about, told me that I needed to go try Micklewait Craft Meats.  His claim was that it was one of the best briskets that he had eaten.  So I invited a friend from work and met Eric there a few Saturday’s ago to give it a try.

Micklewait’s isn’t much to see.  It’s essentially two trailers, one an old former RV and the other a BBQ pit mounted on wheels with an enclosed screen around it.  Not unlike the early Franklin BBQ setup when they were on Concordia and I35 in Austin.  Micklewait’s is nestled in a small food truck court at 1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702.  They’ve got some large trees to shade half of the wooden picnic tables that are scattered around.


Photos by Ray Pierce

I got there about 15 minutes before they opened and was completely shocked that there wasn’t a line waiting for them place to open.  If this place was supposed to be as awesome as I was led to believe I just imagined that it would have a line draped around the block.  Close to 11am, there was an influx of families and other bbq goers show up.  We didn’t rush to get in the newly formed line, and ended up waiting about 15 minutes once it did.

They had a pretty typical offering of meats, brisket, sausage, beef ribs, pork ribs, half chicken, etc.  Something that did catch my eye was the “housemade bread”.  The phrasing of it called my attention to it.  Their sides were potato salad, cole slaw, beans, and jalapeno cheese grits.  And I do love me some jalapeno cheese grits.  They also offered pecan pie, buttermilk pie, and homemade moon pies. I ordered the 2 meat plate with brisket and pork ribs, with potato salad and obviously jalapeno cheese grits, I finished with a slice of pecan pie.  The jalapeno cheese grits were as awesome as I thought they would be, in fact I dove into those first.  The mustard based potato salad is more or less your normal offering with chunky potatoes.

Some nice touches I thought were the “housemade bread” and the homemade pickles, both of which were very good. The brisket was very moist and tender.  It had a good flavor on the outside of the cut.  I had hoped for a bit more flavor in the meat itself, but it was still outstanding.  The pork ribs weren’t quite as tender as some places I’ve been, but they were far from tough.  You just had to work at it a bit to get all the meat.  The BBQ sauce was a thin vinegar based sauce that worked well for dipping.  I finished off the meal with a very tasty slice of pecan pie.

All in all, this was a really great spot.  I’d recommend going there.


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Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew

Drove to “Northish” Austin today with Eric to try Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew.  We had both heard good things about it and that the pit master had come from Louie Mueller’s.  That’s a pretty awesome place to learn your craft, so we were understandable excited to get some good BBQ today.

Photos by Ray Pierce

The location is South of 183 on Lamar just past Airport Blvd.  The exterior has a good looking sign, but is pretty unassuming.  When you walk in, you can tell that they put some thought into the design.  Low lighting, large tinted windows looking out, and distressed brick for the walls.  Lots of Austin, Music and Car pictures on the walls.  Several LCD TV’s on the walls showing the game (it was a College Football Saturday).  It even looked like they stained the beams in the ceiling.

I ordered a beef rib (gotta have one to judge against JMueller’s and Louise Mueller’s), 1/4 lb fatty brisket, 1/4 lbs of turkey.  I tried a bite of the jalapeno cheese sausage from my buddy as well.  The turkey was pretty good.  It was moist when I got it, but over the course of the meal it lost a lot of that moistness.  Not enough to say that it was dry though.  The brisket was tender, had a good smoke ring on it, and tasted good.  You could tell that at some point during the day it was awesome, but it was dried out like the brisket had been cut for a while.  I think if we had shown up a bit earlier or gotten there for a freshly cut brisket it would have been different.  I tried a bit of the jalapeno and cheese sausage thanks to Eric.  Like i’ve said in previous posts, jalapeno sausage just really isn’t my thing.  This one had a good grind to it, but it felt a bit greasy and overpowering smoke taste mixed into that grease.  If that’s your thing, then by all means try it.    The beef rib was what I really came for though.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  It had a very nice crust on the outside of it.  It was moist on the inside, had a great smoke rings and flavor.  It was tender enough that you could use your fingers to pinch off pieces of the meat.

Stiles is open for dinner, so if you are wanting a Beef Rib you don’t have to get one for lunch like you do at Louie Mueller’s or JMueller’s.  Or wait in line like those places either.  They also had 6 (local) beers on tap, and fridge with a large selection of bottled beer as well as fountain drinks (with Big Red) and sweet and unsweet tea.  One of the other things I noticed is that their BBQ sauce is much like Louie Mueller’s and JMueller’s, thick and chunky.

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Chief’s BBQ

I tried Chief’s BBQ today since it’s close to my office. I’ve heard people talk about it and in general had good things to say about it.

I tried the two meat plate with Brisket and Pork ribs. The plate also cam with 3 sides, I chose Frid Okra, Potato Salad, and Corn on the Cob. when the plate came out it also had a couple of slices of Texas Toast, a cup of BBQ sauce, pickles, and onions. Not a bad quantity of food.

The brisket and the ribs both had a really tasty bark on them. The smoke ring penetrated pretty deep as well. The problem was that the meat was dry on both the ribs and brisket. It wasn’t tough per se, but it wasn’t tender either. It had a great smoke flavor though. The sides weren’t really anything to write home about either. They were all decent, but nothing outstanding. The BBQ sauce was good, and it seemed to have a cumin flavor to it. One thing of note is that they had sweet tea.

All in all, I’ll probably eat here again because of the proximity to my office, but I’ll probably just be ordering a chopped beef sandwich. The traditional BBQ staples are just “meh” to me.