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HEB Pork Butts bone in 1.47 Today's Ads - Nov. 23

You should find that that bone (the shoulder blade) does extend into the meat but usually it's no more than 7-8% of the total roast by volume.

The small one I got 3 weeks ago was really fatty. About half of it was bacon consistency streaks of meat alternating with streaks of fat. Out of the 100 or so I've cooked, that was the weirdest one.

Nov 23, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

smokey denmark - what are the favorites?

So I gave them another shot. I got the 14 count package of kielbassa at HEB. Definitely fresher than what I had before. Not too salty or greasy, nice size grind, and good flavor. The skins are kinda tough so char them really good.

I used to be really into smoked sausages but the last few years I'm just kinda indifferent to them. So it's hard to get too excited over them. I'm using them in a grit casserole this morning with onion, red bell pepper, green onion, jalapeno, and sharp provolone and gruyere cheeses.

Nov 23, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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HEB Pork Butts bone in 1.47 Today's Ads - Nov. 23

It's a weekly ad item so they should be at all HEB's. And to think that was normal price 18-20 months ago. Three or so weeks ago they were on sale for $1.99 and I just HAD to get one. So now that they're $1.47/lb I had to get two (18lbs worth). One's in the freezer which I hate do with big roasts.

Just did all my Thanksgiving shopping and practically everything I needed was on sale. Really good price on small 1.5" white potatoes: 5lbs for $2.

Dinner is a 4lb chuck roast ($3.50/lb) in the crock pot.

Nov 23, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Something going on at the former Royal Burger Holiday House Six Napkins Stallion Grill Big Kahuna Burger location. Anybody know?

OK, so I did a little digging on the TCAD database and came up with a name, whihc led me to an Eater article that says former Aquarelle owner will be serving slow food there (which seems fitting since it's a slow location).

http://austin.eater.com/2014/6/19/620...

Nov 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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smokey denmark - what are the favorites?

I ordered 4 of practically everything there once, and some of the sausages were frozen. Almost like they had been frozen too long and had dried out and had an odd texture. So that heavily affected my opinion of most of their sausages.

It's been 4 years since I've been there but don't expect a "store". There's a administrator type person in an office just inside the front door. Pick up an order sheet and check off what you want. Then they'll send somebody to the back to fill your order. Nothing is on display. At least not when I shopped there.

Nov 16, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

smokey denmark - what are the favorites?

I used to work near there and tried a bunch of their stuff. Wasn't too thrilled with any of it. The hot links were probably my favorite. Beware the 5lb tub of "chopped barbecue" contains more TVP than actual brisket.

They sell a few varieties at HEB now, too.

-sw

Nov 16, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Mi Rancho Market - Ben White @ First ST

The is the market that took over the old City Market location. It opened for a few days or weeks about 6-8 months ago then closed. Now it's open again the last few weeks and the parking lot is the most crowded I've ever seen. Good place for cheap vegetables and chiles. Worth stopping in to just get random stuff that is cheap and decent looking. It's bigger than most Mexican grocers.

Full size limes 20 for $1
Pineapples for $1
Red/Orange/Yellow capsicum peppers $.50/ea
Red onions $.33/lb ($1.38/lb at HEB)
Yellow and White onions $.33/lb. ($.89/lb at HEB)
Whole pigs head $7.99/ea (yeah baby!)
Cabeza de Res 1.39/lb (didn't think cow heads were legal here?)
Chicken hindquarters $.59/lb (in 10lb bags)
Red jalapanos $1lb
Poblanos $.50/lb
44lb bag of lump charcoal for under $16.

Also hard to find peppers such as manzano/rocotto, amarillo, chilaca, Italian, and a handful of others I didn't quite catch. All the usual assortments of dried peppers in bulk (as little or as much as you want).

Much of the produce isn't pristine fresh, but still serviceable for many uses. And the prices reflect that. The meat and general grocery selection is like any other you'd find at the typical carniceria - not the best looking beef, but cheaper than USDA Select at HEB. And the meat department understands English unlike most other carnicerias in town.

Includes taqueria, bakery/pastries, bolillos. No "discoteca" stuff (or was there?).

-sw

Nov 13, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Beef Jerky heaven

Oscar Mayer Bourbon flavored bacon jerky. And it's made in the USA. Unlike Jack Link.

-sw

Nov 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Who has Pumpkin desserts?

Sorry I can't help you. If I see pumpkin anything I run screaming. It's Pumpkin Madness Season and I will have absolutely no part of it! Pumpkin deodarant, pumpkin baby powder, pumpkin flavored condoms... and the worst: Pumpkin BEER (I just threw up in my mouth).

It seems to get worse every year. And I be glad when this is all over!

:-)

-sw

Nov 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Secret Tien Hong Chili Oil Source?

Back when this thread came up I was trying to remember the brand name of this chile oil sold at HEB. The one on the left is probably very similar to what you're looking for. This is the same Golden Wok restaurants in Austin (Techridge) and San Antonio.

The one on the right I've been seeing at HEB for a few years and finally broke down and bought a jar. It's very similar, except has a noticeable shrimp flavor. It's nothing like General Tso's sauces you'll find at American-style Chinese restaurants. I have a seen a Chinese customer at Hancock HEB buy four of these at a time on two occasions, so I just HAD to try it. Both of these came from HEB Hancock.

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-sw

Nov 05, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

where can I buy beef kidney suet

Fat from around the kidneys and the heart are considered the best fat in the cow. It's very white and fairly luscious. But I can't imagine a chilli recipe that would call for it in a quantity likely to make much of a difference in the final dish, over just using plain 'ol beef fat. The fat would not incorporate will with the rest of the dish and would just end up pooling, IMO.

-sw

Nov 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Cuban bread

'Cuban Sandwich Cafe' at Lamar and Rutland doubles as a Cuban bakery. They sell their in-house bread.

Nov 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

disposal of old Cuisinart FP

It's probably only about $1 worth of copper. Maybe half a pound or so.

Nov 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

Public transportation works pretty well here in Austin. I use it all the time. But I'm used to hearing people who don't use it often complain about it. No matter how good the transportation system is in any city, people who rely on cars cars will complain about it. It seems to be human nature.

From the Bryker Woods area, though, no - public transportation is not a good option in that particular area. It's a big dead zone between Lamar and Mopaq (and beyond).

-sw

Oct 23, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Bahn Mi at Dang

Lily's will put a whipped butter-mayo mixture on your sandwiches if you ask for it. It was a nice change of pace. It's what I use at home when I make banh mi.

Oct 13, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

MT Supermarket Prices

I got a styrofoam tray of peeled garlic there once and the garlic was nearly devoid of flavor. Then it started growing white mold on it a couple days later. That's the last time I buy anything but bulbs.

Oct 13, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Bahn Mi at Dang

It used to be Cafe de Bella. Rumor is they got busted for running a gambling operation after hours. Looks like they changed their name to Ng BMT.

Oct 11, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

MT Supermarket Prices

It's kinda hard to tell some of the time since half the stuff in the aisles and the freezers don't have shelf prices on them.

They don't have many products in common with HEB, IMO. At least not what I buy there.

On produce I don't find them any more expensive than HEB on the produce they have in common (which isn't much). Green onions, shallots, napa cabbage, shitake are all cheaper at MT. And I don't really look at fresh meat and seafood prices there except for bone-in pork bellies which you can't find at any HEB.

Oct 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Bahn Mi at Dang

I miss the days of the $1.75 banh mi in San Jose, circa 1994 or so. I ate an average of 5.5 sandwiches a week from 5 different stores all within a half mile of each other (Huong Lan, Dakao, Lee's, Thanh Huong, and Cali Sandwiches)

Oct 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Food Trucks on TV and need "customers"

Does this show even have a name?

Oct 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Secret Tien Hong Chili Oil Source?

I didn't see your post before I suggested the extra ingredients. most chili oils don't have black beans and TOASTED sesame oil in them - which is why I though their version might be unique.

I can vouch for your recipe :-)

-sw

Oct 09, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Secret Tien Hong Chili Oil Source?

Is there anything different about their chile oil? Or does it look and taste like standard chile oil - chile flakes in red oil - just better? Might it be made with sesame oil and/or black beans?

Oct 09, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Pollo Regio Knockoff

Their green sauces do not contain avocado - it's mostly just jalapeno and corn oil. El Pollo Regio will sell you a 20oz drinking cup full of it for $3. Pollo Rico charges $2 for an inferior 10oz bottle (not the same stuff as in the stores - imported from Mexico and contains preservatives).

-sw

Oct 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Pollo Regio Knockoff

El Pollo Rico half chicken combo at Stassney/First was $1.75 more expensive than the William Cannon/Congress Pollo Regio.

Oct 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Pollo Regio Knockoff

The Pollo Regio (no "El" in the name any more) at William Cannon and Congress is a half chicken "Lunch Special" for $7.49+tax (also good at dinner). Unless that's changed in the last 3 weeks. It's always better to get 2 half chicken meals than a whole chicken combo that way you get more rice and beans for less - they serve the same size containers with a whole and half chicken.

H-E-B at William Cannon and I-35 sells a spatchcocked Mexican grilled chicken for $5, but every time I try and get one they're sold out and I'm told it will be 40+ minutes before they have any more. So I haven't tried them (4 times now!). Some of the other Third-world HEB's may have them, too (Rundberg, 7th and PV, etc...).

I don't find the chicken that outstanding and often dry. I go there for convenience and the awesome AYCE pickled onions, creamy jalapeno and creamy habanero sauces.

If I were to try and duplicate the chicken at home I'm sure I could better marinating a spatchcocked chicken with the various mojo criollo marinades (Goya and Badia brands) and then grilling it. The green sauce can be duplicated at home. I thought I had posted the recipe here, but let me know if that's what you're missing.

-sw

Oct 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Which Churrascaria?

I just thought of anther important reason that nothing had that much flavor: No sear or crust on anything except the pork ribs. None of those crusty, caramelized meat juices known as the Maillard reaction. Everything was just lightly roasted on the outside with a grey/light-brown exterior. Which is, IMO, is a major fail when cooking red meats.

-sw

Oct 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Which Churrascaria?

<boggle>

Oct 03, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Which Churrascaria?

Don't know about Estancia, but the video on the FdC website hints at a wood grill, but nowhere does it say wood or [lump] charcoal is used. Even if they used lump I should have been able to taste it - especially on the well-done pork and beef ribs. But... nada.

Oct 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Which Churrascaria?

Mission accomplished at FdC. It was a good experience but I didn't find any of the meats really that great. None of it had much of a grilled flavor (they obviously use gas, not wood) and most of them suffered from either under or over-cooking. The pichana was the best and the most unusual item was the linguica that was very heavy on the oregano. But I think we got our money's worth, about $10/lb before tax and tip :-)

Oct 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Which Churrascaria?

I asked Fogo de Chao what the difference was between lunch and diner service and they said it was the same, just cheaper. So we're going to do the Power Lunch tomorrow at Fogo since we live South. So that will be about $40/bucks a head (+ parking).

Nowadays it's pretty easy to drop $40 on 2lbs of meat and a side at a BBQ trailer. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to eat 2lbs of meat so it's comparable to BBQ, but with linens, no lines, and A/C :-)

Oh, and don't discount the salad bar. There's meat up there, too!

-sw

Oct 01, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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