Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dia de Rudy's

I love Texas!!  I know this may come as a surprise coming from a BBQ blogger (sarcasm), but it’s true.  I love the people, the food and the different regions.  I grew up watching Texas Country Reporter (TCR) and reading Texas Monthly.  I’m just as happy traveling to San Antonio as I am New Orleans or New York.  A few years ago while browsing the TV I ran across The Daytripper on PBS and I was immediately hooked.  For those not familiar, it is hosted by Chet Garner who picks a Texas town or city and highlights all the activities you could do in a day.  Most episodes tend to highlight a local restaurant, something educational, an entertainment venue and something outdoorsy.  It’s a TCR for my generation, done very well and is my favorite show on TV.

With any PBS show, sponsorship is key and The Day Tripper has a good one with Rudy’s BBQ.  As a joint promotion The Daytripper and Rudy’s put on “Dia de Rudy’s” which is a one day BBQ crawl to all of Rudy’s five locations in DFW.  I’m personally a fan of Rudy’s as it was my first introduction to meat market style BBQ and to brisket breakfast tacos.  While I don’t get to Rudy’s much for lunch and dinner these days, I’m there for breakfast often.  I like to frequent them because of their support of The Day Tripper and to college athletics.  Rudy’s acts as hosts for coaches radio shows for many college programs across the state including Texas Tech.

Stop #1 was in Arlington, TX where Chet gave a run down on the day and what to expect; basically a bunch of BBQ, Daytripper Bingo and fun meeting new people.  I started the day with a Chorizo Egg and Cheese Taco.

Chet Garner

Stop #2 was the newest Rudy’s location in Fort Worth, just a few miles south of Texas Motor Speedway.  This time I opted for the Brisket Egg and Cheese taco.  Insider tip, order fresh sliced brisket!

Stop #3 was the Denton, TX location which was the first Rudy’s to open in DFW.  At this stop my family and I shared ½ pound of baby back ribs.

Stop #4 was in Frisco, TX which is the location close to my heart.  I talked my wife into getting our first place up the road as it was close to this location and I could eat Breakfast tacos often on my way to work.  My groomsmen and I actually ate here the morning of my wedding.  It was a good day.  For this stop I opted for a brisket sandwich.

The 5th and final stop was in Allen, TX which is just a few miles up the road from my house and the location I visit often.  I spend a lot of Saturday mornings there for breakfast and then “walk it off” at Cabela’s next door.  For this stop we went with dessert!

It was a fun day; Chet was a great host and spent a ton of time making sure everyone was having a good time.  The staff at each and every Rudy’s location was fantastic as well, I really enjoyed their hospitality.  As a gift each person who made all 5 locations were rewarded with a $50 gift card. 

**Follow me on Twitter and retweet the pinned Dia de Rudy’s blog post tweet by December 1st and I will choose one follower at random on December 2nd to receive my $50 gift card.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Killen's Barbecue

Around 10:30 AM

So the Houston BBQ scene is really starting to explode and I have put off going down as I’m not a fan of the traffic.  Working from home for the past 4 plus years has really spoiled me not having to fight it, but I do love the city and enjoy myself when there, but each and every time I have to talk myself into it.  After my daughter learned about the ocean in Pre-school she asked if we could go. Not having the time for a full blown vacation I agreed on a trip down to Galveston for a quick vacation so she could experience the ocean for the first time and I could experience Houston BBQ for the first time. It was a win win.  Sadly, scheduling only allowed me to try one spot and I chose to go down to Pearland and try Killen’s BBQ. 

Beef Ribs on the J&R

I arrived at Killen’s on a Sunday morning just after 10 AM and was fortunate enough to be about 10th in line.  As with most line waiting the conversation with those around you turn into talks about BBQ, places you’ve tried and your favorite cut of meat and before you know it the doors are opening.  For those who got in line at 11 vs 10 they would be waiting an hour themselves as the line stretched down the sidewalk and up the side of the building.  Killen’s has plate meals ranging from 1 to 6 meats which made sampling very easy for my family and me.  We ordered a four meat plate consisting of brisket, ribs, sausage and pulled pork as well as the beef rib plate.  As for sides we got mac and cheese (fried and regular), potato salad, beans and bread pudding for dessert. 

Texas Trinity and some pulled pork

The brisket was phenomenal, central Texas style with a salt and pepper rub and cooked to perfection. The ribs were nicely smoked and a little sweet. The sausage was a course grind and my least favorite of the trinity.  The pulled pork paired with their tangy sauce made for some of the best pork I’ve had at a restaurant.  The beef rib was by far my favorite meat of the day.  It reminded me a lot of Louie Mueller the Godfather of beef ribs.  Pepper is the primary rub, but not over powering and let the meat and smoke shine through.  Normally I don’t talk about sides too often, but Killen’s is the exception.  With so many places that I visit most meats begin to taste the same (not the case with Killen’s) so sometimes sides really stand out, and they do here.  The potato salad was creamy with perfectly cooked potatoes, not too soft and not too firm. The mac and cheese is the best you’ll find at a Texas BBQ joint and the fried mac and cheese is literally to die for.  The beans were above average, but my least favorite of the sides.  I normally don’t get dessert as I’m usually too full, but I’m a sucker for bread pudding so I added that to my order and I’m glad I did.  Killen’s makes their bread pudding with croissants, and it is easily the best I’ve ever had, and totally worth the wait in line on its own.

Beef Rib Plate
Killen’s is now in my top 5 now and a must visit when going to Houston.  Along with killer meats and sides, it’s actually one of the least expensive joints I’ve visited with my family.  I can’t wait to get back and have it again as well as try some of the other joints Houston has to offer.

Killen’s BBQ
3613 E Broadway
Pearland, TX