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.