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RIP April 2015

Which means they're going to have to go with a drastically different style of smoker(s).

Apr 17, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Snooze is coming to Austin

And no prices. That bugs me a lot. Most restaurants even with multiple locations, are good about posting menus with prices for each location (if they're different).

The menu itself does look good, though (I looked at the Arizona menu).

-sw

Apr 17, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

favorite sandwiches in austin that are not hot dogs or burgers?

I can't name a best eat-out sandwich. 99% of the best sandwiches are made at my house. My last awesome eat-out "sandwich" was a meat calzone from Brooklyn Pie Company (not a hamburger or a hot dog!).

Speaking of sandwiches, Since when did "Bomber" become an Austin word? Bombers are 22-24oz bottles of beer, not sandwiches!

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/d...

Everybody knows these are called hoagies!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz...

"Subs" are those wimpy bread things you get at from a horrendous smelling shop called Subway.

Hrmpf!

-sw

Apr 16, 2015
sqwertz in Austin
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Sizzler - the essential TV ad must see.

Urban Dictionary

Sappy: Something or someone very lame, or so sweet that it makes you want to puke.

Apr 15, 2015
sqwertz in Food Media & News

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

Not sure what the occasion is, but HEB Manchaca has whole short rib plates, the meaty ribs, 4 ribs by 4 plates cryovaced (about 14 lbs) on sale for $1.97/lb. They never have these on display like this. Single 4-rib plates are $2.27/lb. These are normally $5-$6/pound. These are the single best piece of cow you can put in the smoker. Also great for long, slow braising with beer or wine and onions and shrooms.

-sw

Apr 12, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Where can i find these canned sardine brands in Austin?

I looked at the Airport blvd store and they had a vast array of Roland canned fish products - but nothing out the ordinary. Their online inventory search doesn't show any of those brands either.

-sw

Apr 05, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

No. You misrepresented the statement.

-sw

Apr 05, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

Gas with wood chips is not the same as just natural gas. You can turn out some fine BBQ with gas and chips. It's STILL burning wood, though, which the ordinance would regulate (as read so far).

Apr 05, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

I don't think 100ft is unfair either. but limiting it to wood and charcoal IS unfair. Burger king can emit a lot of burning beef grease smoke, at least when it's busy. Heck, I used to live behind and Long John Silvers and even that stunk to high hell - covering the house in vaporized fish grease.

And why is Franklin whining? Are their pits within 100ft of any residences? My satellite reconnaissance says no.

-sw

Apr 03, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

I don't any such comment in the article you posted. Exaggerating the situation doesn't do much for your credibility or further opinions.

-sw

Apr 03, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

RIP April 2015

I've only ever experienced one place that served good fresh cut fries (St Johns Bar and Grill, Sunnyvale, CA). They are universally terrible, IMO. P. Terry's (and In & Out's) aren't breaking the mold.

I never got to try Super Burrito but I've admired its exterior "decor" and contemplated what the the food may be like on dozens of occasions.

Apr 03, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

I'm pretty into BBQ but I can see how the constant, daily (and nightly) BBQ smoke could interfere with the enjoyment of my homestead. It could get old pretty quick.

But I'd sure rather live behind a Mueller or a Franklin rather than a Regio or a Rico. Burning chicken grease isn't nearly as pleasant or appetizing. They will also be affected by any new ordinance. And Burger King can crank out quite a bit of smoke as well. A lot of restaurants will be affected by the new ordinance, but the comments I saw from Renteria indicated he was oblivious to that fact.

-sw

Apr 01, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

I would probably settle for $50/month in free BBQ and line-cutting privileges.

Hmmm... that's only 2.5lbs of meat these days. Make that $75/month.

-sw

Apr 01, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

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

Brain fart. Make that 8-10 hours. But you can run the smoker as high as 325F to shorten that time.

Mar 29, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

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

Don't use water in the pan. Fill the bowl with sand instead, then cover with foil so it doesn't get grease in it. Expect it to take 6-7 hours at 275F, till it reaches at least 195F. The temperature will stall for up to 2 hours around 155F. Don't worry.

I butterfly my pork butt so It cooks faster, gets more smoke penetration, and best of all - more bark. Otherwise you get a bunch of roasted pork with no smoke. This is about 2.25" thick:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz...

-sw

Mar 28, 2015
sqwertz in Austin
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Where can i find these canned sardine brands in Austin?

Sur La Table at the Domain carries the Matiz sardines. Give em a call to verify. (512) 833-6905. $5/can.

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

-sw

Mar 28, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

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

They have those grilled birds down here at William Cannon/I35 but each time I try and get one they're out and won't have any for another 40+ minutes. So I usually end up at El Reggio instead. How do they compare, chickenwise?

I've only been to the Runberg store once since they went carniciera and discoteca about 3 years ago. It used to be a much more "general purpose" grocery store.

-sw

Mar 26, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

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

Ah, yes. The Third World HEB, as several of us in the Quail-* neighborhood used to refer to it.

-sw

Mar 25, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Where can i find these canned sardine brands in Austin?

I looked up all the pictures of those and I don't recognize any of those packages.

The best sardines I've found Are Cole's and Bela's. Both are fairly available at the higher end HEB's and CM's. I'm pretty sure they're the same manufacturer, just under different brands. I think Trader Joes "lightly smoked" may also be the same as Coles/Bela's (and I think they also carry Bela's).

http://www.colestrout.com/coles-sardi...
http://belasardines.com/products

-sw

Mar 25, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

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

Time to get your Oink on! $1.00/lb in this week's ad. Just don't clean out *my* HEB.

Now if only bacon prices would go back down... <grrrr>

-sw

Mar 25, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Pueblo Viejo Salsa

On second thought, I'm not sure if scraping is the answer, either. But there's gotta be some way to tone it down a bit. Using just pure habanero peppers might be kinda deadly <shrug>.

Mar 23, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Pueblo Viejo Salsa

It's not quite the same orange color I had in mind. But they could be using any of several different kinds (and colors) of peppers. The consistency of the sauce on the plate looks kinda the same as El Reggio's.

Mar 23, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Pueblo Viejo Salsa

I can't find a picture of it, but it could be the same as Reggio's creamy hab sauce, that is made the same as the green sauce, just with habs instead of jalapeno. I'm not sure if all Pollo Reggio's have that sauce, but I know the one on William Cannon/Congress does.

My recipe for the creamy green is at:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/rfc-on...

I would try and scrape out the habs before simmering.

-sw

Mar 22, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

The Best Barbecue in Austin, Texas - Bon Appétit

It stopped raining about 1:00pm. And there's a covered awning at the trailer. Rain doesn't keep people from getting takeout at any other restaurants.

I wish Chilantro had a better kimchi. Stuff is pretty weak, IMO. It's like it's a "quick" kimchi rather than fermented. But I'm kinda hardcore when it comes to pickled stuff. I ate that bag of sriracha sauerkraut right out of the bag in 10 hours (finished it at 4:am ;-)

Mar 22, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

The Best Barbecue in Austin, Texas - Bon Appétit

I've boycotted Brown's ever since his daughter started shilling for the place on Yelp under the guise of s satisfied customer. I';m good at holding restaurant grudges :-) Speaking of which, Melvin's was closed again on Saturday at 4:10pm.

Mar 22, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

New Sauerkraut in Town

For all you pickled food lovers, there's a new HEB brand of sauerkraut on the block. This is the only truly fresh/raw kraut I've ever seen packed in a grocery store (besides Central Market's bulk sauerkraut). Even those Claussen, Bubbies, and Boars Head brands you find in the refrigerated section are all pasteurized. This HEB brand has a vent in the bag (shown below) which probably took a while to get past FDA approval. This allows the contents of the bag to remain raw without exploding. Comes in Sriracha, Curtido (cabbage, carrots, onions, peppers), and Bavarian flavors and has a shelf-life of 9 months.

Full size picture of the bag and vent (Chowhound photos are too small) at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz...

The Sriracha flavor is plenty tart and hot but falls short on the "sriracha" part - this is just hot sauerkraut with no other flavor (such as garlic). It's still quite good. I'm looking forward to trying to curtido, but not so much the Bavarian because that usually means it's sweet.

These are $3.69/1-lb bag. Not every HEB carries them (yet?) as it took me a half-dozen HEB's and email to customer service to find this one once I heard about them. Cedar Park and Slaughter Lane (currently out of Bavarian), stores carry them for sure.

The products appear to be co-packed from:
http://saverneproducts.com/

Mar 20, 2015
sqwertz in Austin
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Hard Hat XII

Yesterday I noticed Lulu B's trailer was gone from it's 7+ year spot at Oltorf and Lamar. Then later in the day I noticed it had gone B&M on South Congress around St Edwards. Worst banh mi and whimpiest fresh spring rolls that I've ever had, thrice.

-sw

Mar 11, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Man bites dog

You can get a 1/4lb hot dog in downtown Austin for $1? Thanks for the tip - especially now that my Popeye's has closed down for my usual Tuesday fixes.

-sw

Mar 09, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Man bites dog

Here's a picture of the menu from the Hwy 183/Research location that <squinting> shows the Kirkland "1/4lb Plus" hot dog being advertised at the snack bar.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/costco...

And more:
http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/costco...

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/costco...

Sorry! I just refused to believe it and had to see for myself! :-

)

And FWIW, I don't like them at all. I think at my Costco (William Cannon) they've been simmering since 7:30 AM and are a drab grey and completely tasteless.

-sw

Mar 09, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Man bites dog

Their hot dog switch made national news and have been talked about to death in every food forum in which I partake. They advertise a Kirkland brand "1/4lb Plus" dog (they weigh 4.25 ounces, IIRC). And it's been that way everywhere I've shopped at a Costco in several states the last 3 years. And I'm having a hard time believing that some Costcos are bucking the system.

Mar 09, 2015
sqwertz in Austin