They call it craft meats, we can just call it barbecue.
Continuing the round up of Austin BBQ joints, let’s take a snapshot look at Micklethwait Craft Meats (pro tip: pronounced Mickle-wait).
This jolly-looking trailer sits on a grassy lot on the Eastside (heck, are you actually allowed to open a BBQ trailer in any other area?!) and has fast imposed itself on the Austin scene as a serious contender. Tom Micklethwait has managed to create a wonderful homely atmosphere, bolstered by a commitment to quality ingredients and products. Just about everything on your plate will be made in house, including the freshly baked bread (this ain’t no Butter Krust), buttermilk pie and even homemade Moon Pies.
I’ve had some less than memorable experiences in the past here, but continual raving from others suggested I needed to try again, and on my more recent visit the barbecue was top notch. Most of the time, it’s usually struggles with consistency that keep people from claiming a stop in the Superstar category of my Austin BBQ Guide. So if at first you don’t succeed, just eat it again?
The sausage offering rotates daily and I was happy have tried their lamb sausage, given I have an antipodean fondness for that particular protein. And although it’s somewhat blasphemous to celebrate a side dish more than a meat, the jalapeño cheese grits here will start a party in your mouth that you’ll wanna invite other folks along to. They are unbelievably good.
Lunch plates with 2 meats and 2 sides come in at $13.50, and you gotta be happy with that.