In A Nutshell – February 2019

February was a wild ride having visited both Denver and the DC area in the same month. There was definitely a continuation of my BBQ loving theme having eaten BBQ in three different states as well as enjoying numerous delicious, and beautiful, cocktails in between the trays of meat. So let’s take a quick look back at the posts I had from February!

40 North collab w/la Barbecue – Austin, TX

The Wolf’s Tailor – Denver, CO

Mano Pastaria – Milk Market – Denver, CO

Smōk – Denver, CO

Steuben’s – Arvada, CO

The Smokin’ Rose Taco Joint – Austin, TX

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Finally had the chance to get over to @thesmokinrosetacojoint behind @latchkeyatx last night and they blew me away! Got an order of their Smokin' Roses which are roses made with applewood-smoked bacon that are then tossed in their Flame Sauce. Also had a few tacos including the carne guisada with fresh jalapenos added, pollo with avocado slices added, and their vegetarian papas option with cheese and avocado added all of them on their beautiful homemade tortillas. If you've talked to me about tacos, ever, you'd know that I think Austin tacos suck pretty bad but this is because I'm from South Texas where we had tacos like what Smokin' Rose is offering up. This is the one thing I've been missing in Austin for the almost 14 years I've been here and I'm so happy to finally have a great spot to visit in addition to Valentina's way down south!

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Creekside Cookers – Wimberley, TX

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Wow! Kelly and his crew down at @creeksidecookersbbq in Wimberley are smoking some delicious meats. Popped on down to our southern neighbor and got a beautiful tray including @creekstone_farms moist brisket, smoked turkey, pork ribs, pulled pork, sausage, and a lamb slider with a lovely mint chutney. This time sides were in order once I saw the selection including baked beans, creamy coleslaw, a more vinegary based mango slaw, classic potato salad, awesomely spiced pinto beans reminiscent of charro beans, cream corn, cornbread casserole, and some green beans. Finally, i saw on their Instagram that they had an amazing looking carrot cake from @thefluffybottomsfarm and, you may not know but, I'm a sucker for a good carrot cake. Overall an amazing experience with fantastic food and awesome people behind the counter!

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A Baked Joint – Washington, DC

Federalist Pig – Washington, DC

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This chapter of my quest to find great BBQ outside the State of Texas took me to the @federalistpig in Washington, DC. They utilize @sopridebbq smokers to pump out some pretty flavorful BBQ including the meats on this three meat tray. I went with brisket, pork ribs, and turkey, with a side of mac and cheese, a side of red potato salad, some Texas toast, and a @manorhillbrew farmhouse ale. The fat in the brisket was rendered well, the ribs were beautifully tender with a lovely outter crispness, and the turkey was perfectly moist. I got a second to chat with the guys behind the counter and they couldn't have been more friendly. Next time you're in DC, swing through and check out what they're smoking!

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Cocktail of the Month:
Nocturne – Washington, DC

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