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My name is Mike. I lived in California for the first 30 years of my life and had no idea of what real BBQ/smoking was. I'm sure there are good places in California, I just didn't seek them out. And then I moved to Austin, TX a few months ago. My obsession with brisket started at Rudy's (sorry, its where I went first), and then Southside, and then Louis Muellers. I try to hit new places whenever I can, Franklin's and La Barbeque are next. Mueller's is the best I've had so far.

 

Anyway I started reading books on smoking, and internet articles and found myself stopping at Mueller's on the way to my girlfriends house just for a quick slice or two of brisket.

 

This weekend (8/16/15) I bought a Old Country BBQ Pits Wrangler model from the local Academy store. Yesterday I fired it up and seasoned it for a few hours. I'm currently about an hour and a half into smoking a slab of beef ribs with post oak and charcoal. We'll see how it goes. Its a little hot at the moment in there but i think I am getting some good smoke.

 

Question for anyone in the Austin area: is there a good meat market that you can recommend?

 

Once again, Hello everyone.

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Hey Mike, welcome to SMF!  Glad you're here and looking forward to mastering your new pit.  Can't help you with the best place to buy meat in Austin but I'm sure someone will be along shortly with that info. 

 

I'll second what you said about California and BBQ.  We've come across a couple on travels but they are few and far between out here.  So, we make our own. 

 

Enjoy the learning process and have fun!

 

Ray

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texas.gif  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a cool and rainy looking day in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

 

Gary

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Welcome from SC, Mike. I hope you will enjoy this site and all of the great folks who are always ready to share their ideas and tips. I know you will like your Wrangler. It gets good reviews and I have looked at them at Academy..

If you have made it from CA to TX, you may as well come on to SC, the home of real BBQ. Good luck and keep on smokin', Joe
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Hey guys, thanks for the welcome.

 

My beef ribs turned out a little crusty but had really nice flavor. I'm going to try another rack of them this weekend.

 

I did my first brisket this past weekend. I woke up at 2am and had it in the smoker by 3. Cooked it about 14 hours between 225 and 250, then let it rest in a cooler wrapped in butcher paper and a towel. Only salt and pepper in the rub and smoked using charcoal and post oak. Overall i was quite happy with it, especially for my first try. It started as a 14 pounder, and after a small family get together it was gone. Next time I will trim a bit less fat from the lean side, and will rotate the brisket at intervals during the cook.

 

I'm really enjoying learning. I went through about half the 'lets talk brisket' thread before i smoked mine. tons of good info in there.

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