Here’s a photo of some Hippos in Hutto, TX (about 7 miles east of Round Rock and for those outside of Texas it’s pronounced “hutt-oh”). Per Roadside America there are ‘about 100 concrete hippos are scattered throughout this community, including a large one in front of the high school. Apparently an escaped circus hippo in the early 20th century created quite a stir here.”
I have to thank Wilfred from Oshawa Ogre’s Views, News & BBQ’s for the scoop on a an article about a new BBQ Joint that opened over a month ago in Glen Burie, Maryland called Mission BBQ. From their site, “It’s about America the beautiful. And the delicious. Where we worked hard and traveled the country for our jobs. Along the way, we made a few stops (ok, a LOT of stops) to meet the proud purveyors of our country’s greatest contribution to culinary arts: BBQ! From Texas to Kansas City, the Carolinas to St. Louis, and all the tasty local joints on back roads and in backyards nationwide, we grilled the Grill-Masters. Learned their secret sauces. Sampled the best they had to offer again and again. (That’s called “research.”) Then we brought it all home to share.”
Photo of Mission BBQ courtesy of Urbanspoon
Cake from Charm City Cakes in Baltimore
“Our Mission is to give friends and neighbors a place they can feel good about while sitting down to a great meal the American Way. We also believe in giving back to our community, so some of the proceeds from your lunch or dinner could be helping out the same people sitting next to you: Your local firefighters and police officers. Young men and women in the military who’ve answered the call for freedom. Charities that make a difference for those in need right here in our area. This is honest, pleased-to-feed-you, All-American fare. No imports here, we’re strictly homegrown. It’s YOUR place, so bring the whole squad. You’re always welcome.”
Their menu HERE is a mix of many styles: Brisket – Texas Inspired, (Sliced to Order), Pulled Pork (Slow Smoked and Hand Pulled), Turkey(Sliced, Lean & Mean), Sausage (Jalapeno & Chz or Classic #41) Chicken – A Juicy Yard Bird (l/2 Bird), and Turkey. By the Bone/5 Bone/10 Bone “Bay-B-Back” Ribs (Distinctly Maryland) and Spare Ribs (St. Louis Style). Looks like they have about 6-7 hand made sides too.
You can find them yourself here:
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Went by Sams Bar B Que in Austin last weekend per the recommendation of RL Reeves Jr., senior staff writer for Scrumptious Chef. Here are the initial photos (the owner had me take the 3rd picture below to coincide with the second photo). Review to follow.
It’s been about 7 weeks since I packed up everything to move from California to Texas to work for JMueller BBQ (the restaurant has officially been open for 5 weeks now). I have been snapping photos every so often (when I’m smart enough to have my camera in my pocket) so here are some pics for your viewing pleasure:
Today’s pic was taken on S. Congress. This ‘Chia-Cow’ is part of CowParade which from the website is described as “the largest and most recognized public art event in the world. CowParade exhibits, held in 75 cities in 30 countries on six continents to date, have produced more than 5,000 of the signature cow canvases by local artists.” These cows have been placed all around the city in a sort of “Where’s Waldo” cow search for those interested.
Have you seen any around Austin or your city?
It’s been a little while, but here are 5 great BBQ joint pics from BBQ joints across the country.
Sweet Cheeks – Boston, MA via Pigtrip.net
Big Boy’s Bar-B-Que – Sweetwater, TX via Full Custom Gospel BBQ
Dave Poe’s BBQ – Marietta, GA via The Georgia Barbecue Hunt
Bludso’s BBQ – Compton, CA via Yahoo! Local
I had heard rumors of an enormous wood pile that was stacked with meticulous precision behind Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, Texas, but once I walked out back, it really blew me away. Here is video which really doesn’t do it justice:
Here’s a photo I took of the signage for Sandy’s Hamburgers which is right around the corner from JMueller BBQ.
I was able to stop at Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse a couple of weeks ago to get a full tour and meal as Elgin is close not far from Taylor (where I’m living). Here are some initial photos. Review as well as additional photos to follow