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  • Fortin21
    Club Member
    • Mar 2018
    • 8
    • Mansfield, Ma

    Just moved from Boston to Austin

    Hey Yall!

    I just moved down from Boston, Ma to Austin Texas for work. Were still settling in and getting used to the heat but i can already tell we are going to love it here.

    Im hoping to get some recommendations from the AR community for places we need to explore. Really would love to find a good local butcher (although HEB and Costco seem to cover most of our needs), good places to buy BBQ equipment (i sold my smoker in MA before we left and ill be in the market for a new one, maybe a BGE or something similar), great restaurants (BBQ or otherwise), and really anything else anyone would recommend!

    We've already hit up a few awesome BBQ joints (La Barbecue, Stiles Switch) but i know there are bunch more.

    Any and all advise is greatly appreciated!

    ~Fortin
  • scottranda
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 1619
    • Charlotte, NC

    #2
    Franklin BBQ (obviously). And go to Barton Springs (not BBQ related recommendation).

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    • Troutman
      Club Member
      • Aug 2017
      • 6910
      • Republic of Texallence

      • OUTDOOR COOKERS
        22" Weber Kettle - Red Premium Limited Edition
        6 Burner Weber Summit Gasser
        22" and 18" Weber WSM Smoker
        18” Jumbo Joe
        36" double door Lyfe Tyme offset stick burner (SOLD !)
        Pitts & Spitts Pellet Pro 2436
        BBQ ACCESSORIES
        Classic Thermopen
        Thermoworks SMOKE
        Fireboard Pro with Pit Viper fan
        Grill Grates
        SNS for the 22" Weber kettle
        A-MAZE-N Smoker 12" Tube & Tray
        Weber stainless veggie basket
        Weber stainless fish basket
        Weber stainless rib rack
        Phat Mat cooking mats
        Barbestar BBQ Cooking Gloves
        WOOD & PELLET PREFERENCES
        For Beef (brisket, beef ribs, large clods/roasts) = 100% mesquite, oak or hickory
        For Chicken & other fowl = competition blend, cherry/oak/hickory
        For Turkey = 100% hickory or competition blend
        For Pork Shoulder = mesquite, oak or hickory
        For Pork Chops or Ribs = 100% applewood
        SOUS VIDE
        Anova Immersion Circulator 900 watt & 12 & 18 quart Rubbermaid containers with hinged sous vide lids
        INDOOR COOKWARE
        Generic Calphalon non-stick cookware set of pots and pans
        12" & 14" All-Clad Stainless skillets
        Cast Iron 12" skillet by Victoria
        La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Yellow Round
        La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Cherry Oval
        Old Revere Wear Copper & Stainless Pots (handed down)

        JA Henckels 15 piece Stainless Knife Set
        Victorinox 12" Fibrox Pro Slicing Knive
        Victorinox 6" Curved Boning Knife
        Set of Dalstrong Japanese Steak Knives

      #3
      Boston to Austin....I like your move !!! Welcome to the Pit and welcome to the Great State of Texas !! Enjoy your time in the Hill Country, and yes you have just begun you BBQ journey !! Although, like everyone who's ever been to Austin, you'll be told that you gotta go to Franklin's, do yourself a favor. You can call in for an order out pickup. No wait, no fuss. Same experience and NO line.

      Again welcome to the AR Pit !!!

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      • Texas Larry
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 1090
        • Wilson County, TX
        • PrimoXL
          Maverick 732
          Thermoworks 2K Themocouple
          Thermapen
          Weber Go-Anywhere (for the beach!)
          Dreaming of a really good stick-burner...
          Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

        #4
        Welcome to the Pit and to Texas from a denizen of Wilson County, southeast of you! There is a Barbecue Outfitters in Austin. Not a discount house but fairly complete selection of cookers and supplies. https://bbqoutfitters.com.

        I heartily recommend Valentina’s in south Austin. A converted food truck. Excellent south Texas Tex-Mex style Q. The brisket tacos are outstanding!

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        • klflowers
          klflowers commented
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          Man, I am glad I don't live in a town with a store like that. My MCS would be out of control.

        • Texas Larry
          Texas Larry commented
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          klflowers fortunately I don’t live that close to one of them🤣🙄
      • Donw
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2587

        #5
        I’m happy that you are near HEB stores now. Just hearing about their selections of meat and other goods from our Texas members makes me envious.

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        • AverageJoe
          Club Member
          • Jun 2018
          • 388
          • Fruita Colorado
          • Current Grills/Smoker (MCS is hitting)
            Brinkman Trailmaster Ceramic Egg
            Classic Pit Barrel Cooker with
            US ARMY logo plate
            Nexgrill Deluxe 6 burner gas grill

            Accessories
            CGS special order WOO Ring
            CGS 13" round ceramic stone
            Thermoworks Black Thermapen MK4
            Thermoworks BlueDot
            Thermoworks Smoke

            Cutlery/Prep Stuff
            Dalstrong 12" Granton Edge Slicer
            OXO Steel Chef's Mandoline Slicer
            Random other knives and shears

          #6
          Welcome to the pit from Colorado. Looking forward to your contributions. I can't tell you the best place to go as the last time I was in Texas was 1999.

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          • RonB
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 11860
            • Near Richmond VA
            • Weber Performer Deluxe
              SNS
              Pizza insert
              Rotisserie
              Smokenator 1000
              Cookshack Smokette Elite
              2 Thermapens
              Chefalarm
              Dot
              lots of probes.
              CyberQ

            #7
            Welcome to The Pit. Our son moved from Boston to Austin a few years ago. He loves it there.

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            • MBMorgan
              Club Member
              • Sep 2015
              • 5945
              • Colorado
              • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                > Thermoworks Smoke
                > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                > Thermoworks Thermapen
                > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                > Anova sous vide circulator
                > Searzall torch
                > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

              #8
              Welcome from Colorado ...

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              • ComfortablyNumb
                Club Member
                • May 2017
                • 3042
                • Northeast Washington
                • KBQ C-60
                  PK360
                  Thermoworks Smoke
                  Thermoworks Thermopop
                  Thermoworks Dot

                #9
                Welcome to the Pit from the Okanogan Valley of Washington state. Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun.

                If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like.

                For jokes, go to this thread.

                Go to this thread to post where you work and what your hobbies are and get to know other members here.

                We are happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation.

                I'm sure Huskee will be along shortly! ;-)

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                • klflowers
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 2786
                  • Tennessee

                  #10
                  Welcome from TN

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                  • Keiferr
                    Club Member
                    • Jun 2018
                    • 962
                    • Southeast Michigan

                    #11
                    Welcome from southeast Michigan!

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                    • Ahumadora
                      Club Member
                      • Oct 2015
                      • 1878
                      • Pilar Buenos Aires, Argentina

                      #12
                      Welcome from Argentina. Try Blue bonnett cafe in dripping Springs. Nice drive out there on the weekend. Also Torchys tacos in South Austin Or Rudys BBQ (360 and also on 183)

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                      • Beefchop
                        Charter Member
                        • Oct 2014
                        • 423
                        • Lafayette, LA
                        • XL Big Green Egg, Shirley Fabrication 24"x42" Patio Cooker

                        #13
                        Moving in the right direction! : ) Congratulations and welcome to the forum.

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                        • mountainsmoker
                          Club Member
                          • Jun 2019
                          • 1714
                          • Bryson City, NC

                          #14
                          Welcome from the mountains of NC Sounds like you have a place to shop for grills and smokers. I know Troutman has mentioned HEB for good meat and others Costco.

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                          • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
                            Club Member
                            • Jun 2018
                            • 450
                            • Eastern NC
                            • 2018 MAK 2 Star
                              Charbroil Big Easy SRG

                            #15
                            I went there for a buisiness trip a while back, everyone in my group was raving about Torchy's Tacos so that's where we went. The line was down the block shortly after we put in our orders. One of my Tacos was fantastic, but the other 2 not so much. If I had a chance I'd definately give it another shot since every place has an off day... Especially a place that's got locals waiting 30 minutes for a taco, it has to be good most of the time.

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                            Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

                            maverick PT55 thermometer

                            A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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                            If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

                            slow n sear

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                            Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

                            the good one grill

                            The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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                            The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

                            the good one grill

                            The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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                            Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                            Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                            The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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                            Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                            The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                            The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

                            Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


                            The Undisputed Champion!

                            thermapen

                            The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


                            Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                            Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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                            The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                            NK-22-Ck Grill

                            Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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                            G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                            Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                            If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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                            GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

                            grill grates

                            GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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                            PK 360 grill

                            Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                            The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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                            kareubequ bbq smoker

                            Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                            The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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                            Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

                            masterbuilt gas smoker

                            The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                            Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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                            Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

                            masterbuilt gas smoker

                            Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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                            Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                            fireboard bbq thermometer

                            With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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                            Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                            Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                            Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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