Grill, Swine and Dine with Bold Food: Austin, Texas Tour

Bold Food Austin Tour - Day 3 including Southside Market & Barbeque, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Terry Black's Barbecue, Barley Swine, Moontower Comedy Festival and Texas State Capitol

The first thing that everyone thinks of when coming to Texas is BBQ. That’s pretty much what my friends and family talked to me about when they learned I was going to the tour. Though we had a taste of barbecue from La Barbecue on Day 2, it was this day that was all about Texas BBQ!

Here’s a recap of Day 3:

Bold Food is having another Austin Tour in September 2017! Check it out here.

BBQ Tour

Our first agenda that day was to meet in the lobby at 8:45AM to go on a BBQ Tour with Access ATX. That’s right – Barbecue for Breakfast! Though Austin is quickly becoming the capital city of Texas BBQ, there are historic BBQ pits within an hour north and south of Austin.

Travelling Foodie Trivia: There are three distinct things that characterize traditional Texas BBQ. Using post oak wood; Using a slow pit bbq; and serving the meat on a butcher paper.

Southside Market & Barbeque

Our first stop was Southside Market & Barbeque, the oldest barbecue joint in Texas. William J. Moon, a butcher from Germany, opened Southside Market in 1882 in Elgin, Texas to sell his extra meat before it spoiled. He would grind the beef trimmings as in German tradition, and the Original Elgin Sausage was born.

We were welcomed by April (Business Manager) and Charles (Restaurant Area Manager) to the restaurant. They gave a brief introduction and proceeded with the pit tour.

The flat pit smoked the lamb ribs, steak, jalapeno sausage and corn. The brisket and pork ribs are actually smoked in a rotating pit. We went outside to check out their mobile smoker, and back in to see more pits which smoke the famous Original Elgin Sausage.
Lamb Ribs from Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin, Texas
Sausage Slammers and Jalapeno Sausages from Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin, Texas

The Homemade Original Elgin Hot Sausage is an all beef sausage with pork casing. Travelling Foodie Trivia: Southside Market sells 3 million pounds of these sausages per year. On a Saturday alone, they sell 1,259 pounds.
Original Elgin Beef Sausage from Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin, Texas

We went inside to our table ready to feast. In our platter, we had Lamb Ribs, Sausage Slammers, Original Elgin Sausages, and Jalapeno Cheddar Sausages.
lamb ribs, sausage slammers, original elgin sausages, and jalapeno cheddar sausages from Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin, Texas
Lamb Ribs from Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin, Texas

Sausage Slammers are interesting. They are house-made pork sausage stuffed with a fresh Jalapeño half stuffed with real Cheddar Cheese, then tied in bacon and smoked low and slow over Texas post oak wood.

Louie Mueller Barbecue

Next stop was Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas. Louie Mueller opened Louie Mueller Barbecue in 1949, but relocated to its current location at 206 W. Second Street in 1959. If you recall from Day 2, this is the same Louie Mueller who is the grandfather of La Barbecue owner, LeAnn Mueller. Both LeAnn and Louie Mueller Barbecue owner Wayne are siblings.

Beef Ribs from Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas

We got a pit tour here showcasing their briskets. They make 40 briskets a day, and their smoke process is different than other restaurants: It’s a 2 day process where they heat up the brisket first, then cool it down, then heat it up again.

Perhaps the best question ever in any pit tour was asked by tourmate Laura: Do you ever get attached to your brisket?
Beef Ribs from Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas

Our meal consisted of their popular Beef Ribs, Original and Jalapeno Sausages. These came with samples of their original, jalapeno and mustard sauces for us to try.


jalapeno sausages from Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas

Terry Black’s Barbecue

Last stop in the tour is back in Austin for Terry Black’s Barbecue, which has been featured in Food Network, Travel Channel, and more. Terry Black’s Barbecue was opened by Terry Black’s twin sons, Michael and Mark Black, who wanted to bring their father’s knowledge of central Texas BBQ to Austin.

We got a pit tour as well to see how they smoke their meats. There are two sheds where their pits are. One is mostly for briskets, and the other for ribs and sausages. They smoke their brisket between 14-16 hours, and their sausages between 2.5-3 hours.
Brisket from Terry Black's Barbecue in Austin, Texas

The platter here was great because we got a taste of everything: Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Brisket, Turkey, Original Sausages, and Jalapeno Sausages. This was also the only one where we got to try sides and desserts: Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Baked Potato Salad, Beans, Banana Pudding and Peach Cobbler.
Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Brisket, Turkey, Original Sausages, and Jalapeno Sausages from Terry Black's Barbecue in Austin, Texas
Pork Ribs from Terry Black's Barbecue in Austin, Texas

A great way to end the tour. Rib Cheers!
Rib Cheers at Terry Black's Barbecue in Austin, Texas

Free Time

After all those meat, having a break from all that eating sounds good. One thing I haven’t had a chance to see much in my trip is nature, so I decided to walk from the hotel to the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the views of the Colorado River.

Texas State Capitol

I also visited the Texas State Capitol. Completed in 1888 in Downtown Austin, the Texas State Capitol is the oldest state office building in Texas. It is a three-story castle-like structure which contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

Along the main walkway of the capitol grounds, you’ll see various monuments: Confederate Soldiers, Terry’s Texas Rangers, and more. I actually wanted to do the capitol tour but made a mistake with tour hours, and missed it completely!
Terry's Texas Rangers at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas
Confederate Soldiers at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas

Moontower Comedy Festival

From April 19-22, 2017, the sixth annual Moontower Comedy Festival took place at Paramount Theatre and various bars and comedy clubs in Downtown Austin. Over 100 comedians come to Austin including Ali Wong, Patton Oswalt, Colin Quinn, Sal Vulcano and many more.

I watched Kill Tony by Tony Hinchcliffe at the Speakeasy because Sal Vulcano was there for this episode. I’ve been such a big fan of Impractical Jokers that I wanted to make sure I see one of the shows Sal was in for the festival. I’ve never watched the podcast before, but ended up loving it! You can watch the episode here.
Travelling Foodie with Sal Vulcano at Kill Tony during Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas

Barley Swine

Our last dinner was at Barley Swine by Chef Bryce Gilmore, Food and Wine Best New Chef in 2013. Barley Swine is so highly rated that you’ll find it in almost every “best of” Austin restaurant list. This farm to table restaurant focuses on local products from within 50 miles of the restaurant.

We had a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairing. Did you know? Barley Swine uses Weige Knives for their steak knives!

Snacks: crunchy, sweet, salty (bonus)
Snacks at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Sweet potato, onion dip
Sieur d’Arques | Blanquette de Limoux | Languedoc | France
Sweet potato at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Pompano ceviche, popcorn custard
2014 Bengoetxe | Txakolina | Basque Country | Spain
Pompano ceviche at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Chicken skin, deviled egg
2015 Dominico Negro | Vino Bianco “unfiltered” Arneis | Piedmont | Italy
Chicken Skin at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas
Chicken Skin at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Beer battered kale, lemon pepper
2015 Dominico Negro | Vino Bianco “unfiltered” Arneis | Piedmont | Italy
Beer battered kale at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Kohlrabi, arugula, root vegetable jus
Funkwerks | Saison | Colorado
Kohlrabi at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Red shrimp, lettuce, seaweed mayo
2015 Lichen Estate | Les Pinots Blanc | Anderson Valley | California
Red shrimp at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Shiitake pasta, scrambled egg, zephyr squash (bonus)
Brewery Ommegang | Rare Vos | Cooperstown (bonus)
Shiitake pasta at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas
Shiitake pasta at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Dry-aged Akaushi ribeye, oyster mushroom, seeded loaf
2015 Broc Cellars | Love Red | Green Valley | California
Dry-aged Akaushi ribeye at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas
Seeded loaf at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Pig skin noodles, hot sauce, almond, shrimp (bonus)
2014 Maximin Grunhauser | Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett | Ruwer Valley – Mosel | Germany (bonus)
Pig skin noodles at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas
Pig skin noodles at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Pork belly, cabbage, rice, Gulf XO sauce
Ascoli Piceno | Vernaccia di Serrapetrona | Marche | Italy
Pork belly at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Glazed duck ham, broccoli, fried duck egg
2011 Mocaverol | Puteus Riserva Negroamaro blend | Salice Salentino | Italy
Glazed duck ham at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Somel snow, strawberry, yogurt, coriander
Somel snow at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Hay ganache, bar nuts, milk jam
Domaine Renardat-Fâche | Cerdon du Bugey | France
Hay ganache at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas

Strawberry roll-up, chamomile sugar, anise meringue (bonus)
Strawberry roll-up at Barley Swine in Austin, Texas



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DISCLAIMER: Though the tour was provided complimentary, all opinions are my own.

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