Smoked in Texas

Smoked in Texas: Fort Worth Cheesesteak

Hans Peter Muller is a second generation baker. His father came over from Switzerland and started the Swiss Pastry Shop in 1973. While Hans is a great baker and I’ve enjoyed every pie and cake he can dish out, he also has a passion for barbecue. He runs probably the only shop that sells homemade Swiss pastries and has a giant offset smoker sitting out back. Its name is Q-Zilla. Hans fires us Q-Zilla for…

Smoked in Texas: Nolan Ryan Brisket Sausage

The sausage section at our local Kroger is well-stocked with dozens of sausages. Several weeks back my wife brought home a gift of the latest option: Nolan Ryan Beef Brisket Sausage. It was introduced to Kroger shelves back in July, and as Nolan Ryan Beef CEO Charlie Bradbury noted “We believe this is the first brisket sausage developed by a company and sold in mass retail.” In fact, I only know of two barbecue joints…

Smoked in Texas: Jester King Beer

Southwest of Austin is a farmhouse brewery called Jester King. They make unconventional beers with unique names and sometimes sinister looking labels. It’s considered a farmhouse brewery because they allow their beer to take in wild yeasts floating in the air during the brewing process. Their facility also looks a bit like a farmhouse. The building itself was an old machine shop in Victoria that the owners moved here to Ceres Park where they makes…

Smoked in Texas: Mozzarella Company Smoked Mozzarella

Paula Lambert has been making cheese at the Mozzarella Company in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas since 1982. The store/factory produces a wide variety of cheeses, but mozzarella is the flagship as the name suggests. After mastering fresh mozzarella Paula started smoking it. The smoked mozzarella is available in half pound packages. Mine was abut $8. On her website, Paula explains that “Mozzarella can be smoked, either in a smoking chamber with intense smoke…

Where to get Beef Ribs in Texas

As a companion to this week’s column on beef back ribs and last week’s on beef short ribs, here is a list of barbecue joints offering beef ribs in Texas: Beef Short Ribs: 3 Stacks Smoke and Tap House, Frisco Black’s BBQ, Lockhart Blue Ox BBQ, Austin Cattleack BBQ, Carrollton Cooper’s, Llano, New Braunfels & Fort Worth Franklin Barbecue, Austin* Freedmen’s Bar, Austin Granary, San Antonio (pastrami short ribs)* Hungry Farmer Barbeque, Houston John Mueller…

Smoked in Texas: Easy Tiger Pastrami

Easy Tiger in Austin is many things. A bakery and coffee shop, a beer garden, and table tennis tournament grounds. They also have a great food menu with homemade sausages and sandwiches. The most impressive might be the pastrami sandwich. The slices of cured smoked meat are a little thicker than what you’d get from a deli, and they provide a good mix of lean and fatty slices. It’s topped with sauerkraut, swiss, and “Easy…