Fellow Austinite here. And yes, we are the fortunate few who live amongst the greatest BBQ joints in the world (seriously folks...there is simply no match for Central Texas smoked meat markets).
I "binge" on smoked meats at least 2-3 times per week. Like you, I eschew the sides and stick to just the meat and a pile of raw white onion. IN fact, for lunch today, I stopped by Vic's BBQ (happens to be the closest Q joint to my office) and had a 1/2 lb moist brisket and two gi-normous beef ribs (and a bowl full of white onions). Yu-mmy.
I used to be able to knock down 1 lb of brisket, a half-rack of pork ribs, and half a hotty with no problem. But since going Paelo, my appetite is seriously reduced, and I find it hard to eat much more than a lb of meat at a sitting now.
Where's your favorite Q joint in Central Texas? My all time fav is still Smitty's Market in Lockhart (their pork ribs have no rival), with Southside Market in Elgin a close second (consistently outstanding brisket). I think Cooper's in Llano and Salt Lick are highly overrated.
Oh, and if you haven't tried Franklin's BBQ (was a a trailer, but moved into an actual store front on 11th St. last weekend), he's the real deal.
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