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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

about 18 hours ago
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

about 19 hours ago
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

El Pollo Regio / El Pollo Rico spice rub

Also, if you want to add vinegar as that recipe suggests, use RICE vinegar, not white or cider vinegar.

-sw

Mar 09, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

El Pollo Regio / El Pollo Rico spice rub

(I didn't even see this thread until now)

That is very close to the recipe for the green sauce. There is no onion, though. I have made it a couple dozen times. It helps to go kinda heavy on the salt, and for the best emulsion, really cook those jalapenos until really limp.

Sorry - I have no recommendations for the spice rub/marinade. I don't think it's anything that special but I know others rave about it. I use so much of the green sauce (and the habanero version in some locations) that I can't even taste the rub!

The green sauce is great on their rice. It's the first thing I eat - the container of rice with green sauce.

Mar 09, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Man bites dog

Costco hasn't used Hebrew National dogs for at least 15 years. They used Best's Kosher dogs (from Sara Lee) for at least 10 years then 5 years ago they switched to a Kirkland brand made custom for them by... I forget who.

Mar 07, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Man bites dog

South Lamar location only lasted 18 months or so (closed about 20 months ago).

Mar 05, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

HaTe fOod TrAILerS tRaIlORs EtAh

I don't Twitter <gag>. Which is another reason I don't do food trailers. I'm not going to chase around food trucks on Capital Metro busses. For normal restaurants I make a decision a day or two (or five) in advance to patronize them. I shouldn't have to check in with some obnoxious social networking site an hour before I plan to eat there just to see if they're open or parked where they normally park (which isn't possible for me anyway).

I did however read Melvin's website in it's entirety the day before I went. No mention there that they were going to be closed. A restaurant's website should be considered the premier method of communication for conveying the fact that they'll be closed for an extended amount of time.

And to add to the insult was the fact that I had already gotten off the bus, so I had to wait another 38 minutes in the cold drizzle for another bus to come by.

-sw

Mar 02, 2015
sqwertz in Austin
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HaTe fOod TrAILerS tRaIlORs EtAh

I haven't tried to go to a trailer for probably two years or more for just this reason. And it was reinforced I can't remember all of them because they're dead to me (and some probably are dead).

Mar 02, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

HaTe fOod TrAILerS tRaIlORs EtAh

We will never, ever, plan on visiting a food trailer again. They have been closed 13 out of 20 times during published hours, and

Melvin's was no exception today.

We give up. We'll eat at Burger King!

-sw

Mar 01, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Saturday Lunch

I always wondered what that sad little red trailer in that vacant parking lot was. You can't see any signage from Duval (making left on 53rd going West) but I go by there twice a week - Saturdays at 5:30pm and Tuesdays at 3:30pm - when they're apparently always closed. But Google street view says they do indeed have customers! ;-)

Feb 23, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Restaurants with lean red meat options?

It took me about a half dozen of them to figure out what was slightly off about what would have otherwise been perfectly executed burgers, but the burgers at Central Market Cafe (at least the Westgate store) are made with fairly lean ground beef - at least 90%+ lean ground beef.

It wasn't until I made one at home using 90% lean beef that I realized that this is what CM was doing wrong, too.

-sw

Feb 23, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

YABB (Yet Another Burger Bar) on S. Congress just north of William Cannon (yes, SOUTH Austin <gasp>) in the new strip mall. "Billie Jean's Burger Bar". Still looks to be at least a month away.

Looks like it was a former trailer briefly parked at the Red Shed after VIA 313 vacated the spot. Saw the trailer, never knew it had a name or what it served.

I guess we haven't been saturated with burger joints down South here yet. This location is a burger void (except for insignificant fast food).

Feb 19, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Kids' Menus

The owners of lil'buco also recently opened up a tapas bar, 'abbrev's', in the former Your Mom's Burger Bar on Airport.

http://www.abbrevsrestaurant.com/

-sw

Feb 06, 2015
sqwertz in Austin
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Where's the boudin?

I'm not one to seek out boudin. I had an excellent smoked version at John Mueller's most recent soft opening party, but it was never on the menu again. So I had to make my own. It was pretty good, considering it was only my 2nd time ever even having boudin. Also had filling leftover for boudin balls.

Feb 05, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

RIP VIII

They still have a new location down here in the condos next to Broken Spoke.

Feb 01, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Gumbo South of the River

I'm not a gumbo fan and have never had theirs, but Cypress Grill (William Cannon and Mopac) serves it. Appetizer portion costs $5.

Feb 01, 2015
sqwertz in Austin