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.