Post Mountain BBQ

310 S Main St.
Burnet, TX 78611

Phone: (830) 613-1055
Hours: Wed-Sat 11-7
Twitter: @BbqSusie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PostMountainBBQ

Opened 2013
Pitmaster Bill Pell
Method Live oak in an indirect heat pit

TMBBQ Rating: 3.75

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Best holiday gift EVER! An amazing BBQ experience at Franklins with my loved ones. May each of you on the list enjoy the peace and joy of the season. Remember: Sharing is Caring.... So take a friend and try some great Texas BBQ.
Ruth Ann Few @ , 2014-12-21 14:19:20
Made a quick trip from SA to check on this place. Brisket solid albeit inconsistent. Pork ribs were good; sausage and potato salad okay. Overall solid Q place to stop by if you're driving on I-35.
Rahul Yaratha @ Cowpokes Texas Style Bar-B-Que, 2014-12-19 19:10:58
Famous Dave's tukwilla Washington this was closest place had the burnt ends it was like stir fried but pretty good the hot link was terrible cold and some kind of weird meat
doug_wallace @ Mr. K’s BBQ, 2014-12-18 00:43:44
Great ribs fall of the bone with a bite. Brisket was dry hard chewy.
Rudy Rodriguez @ Baker’s Ribs, 2014-12-17 02:15:19
I only had brisket and sausage, but it was very good. It is now on my repeat visit list. Brisket: flavorful bark, very moist and tender and excellent flavor. Jalapeño sausage: good snap, consistency and flavor. I would like it even more if it was a little more spicy.
Jeff Overton @ It’s All Good Bar B Q, 2014-12-14 02:28:17
Brisket - flavorful bark, very moist and tender, and excellent flavor.
Jeff Overton @ It’s All Good Bar B Q, 2014-12-14 02:20:51
Birthday lunch pound of sliced and to regular sausages he gave three ends it was fantastic and had cobbler and ice cream for dessert
doug_wallace @ Louie Mueller Barbecue, 2014-12-13 20:10:00
Closed.
Bryan Daniel @ Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2014-12-13 16:29:04
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Review

Post Mountain BBQ 05

April 15, 2014

Post Mountain BBQ is in a tough spot. This tiny barbecue joint has its back to busy Highway 281 that bisects Burnet, and it’s a half block off the town square. Unless your keen eye picks up the small sign hanging out front that reads “BBQ,” you’d probably miss it, but this is barbecue worth going out of your way for.

Post Mountain BBQ 03

BBQ Beacon

Bill and Susie Pell have ran this place since late last year, and they have put their own touch on every item in the limited menu. You’ll only find ribs as an intermittent special, so a three-meat plate generally means brisket, sausage and smoked turkey. All are smoked over live oak in one of three offset smokers out back.

Sliced brisket here comes only from the flat. The point is separated and its entirety is chopped for sandwiches. It’s really a shame knowing how good the lean beef was. The fatty would surely be a treat. The primary flavor is black pepper, even before any smoky or beefy notes. The finish is succulent with plenty of juiciness remaining in the beef. One reason may be the way the Pell holds the brisket. At the bottom of a steam table tray is a shallow pool of beef drippings. The fat layer in between the point and flat remains on the brisket, and it sits directly in the drippings. The fat itself doesn’t make for great eating, but it provides a protective layer that keeps the beef from getting mushy.

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All the meats

A good version of Elgin sausage had good smokiness and a nice snappy casing, but it’s the turkey that stole the show. The black pepper is less overwhelming than on the brisket, so the smoke is able to shine through. The meat stays moist, no doubt assisted by a factory-injected salt solution. At least that what the labels said on those Sysco boxes lying around the pit area. No matter, the turkey was excellent, as it’s got to be as one of a mere trio of meats.

The sides are all homemade by Susie Pell. She stays busy making fresh batches of creamy, celery flecked potato salad and a half dozen desserts on any given day. She also watches plenty of food TV, and did a double take after she ran my credit card. The food was already in the bag, but she insisted I try her signature vinegar cobbler. If you’ve ever had vinegar pie, it has just a bit of acidic sting. This cobbler on the other hand tasted like an extra shot was added atop before serving. You need some significant sweetness to counteract all that tartness, but Susie’s recipe was up to the task. I can’t say I’d get it again, but that has more to do with the fact that I also tried her buttermilk pie. The health department insists she keep it refrigerated, but it was the perfect temperature after spending thirty minutes on my dashboard.

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Vinegar Cobbler

Payne’s Bar-B-Q Shak in Burnet, the subject of last week’s review, was one great barbecue discovery in the Hill Country. Finding it and Post Mountain BBQ on the same day seemed almost unfair. Whether you come by car or by rail (The Hill Country Flyer from Austin stops three blocks away at the Burnet Train Depot), Burnet is now officially a barbecue destination worth traveling for. Just don’t leave without having dessert.

Comments

2 Comments

  • Ken Goldenberg says:

    I was always impressed by how good the turkey was when we were in the Austin/Hill Country area last year. “Smoked” turkey you get out here in California ends up tasting like ham – even when I’ve made my own for Thanksgiving (maybe because it’s brined first?) and has that smoked-pinkish color. I kept wondering how they do it and keep it looking and tasting like turkey!

  • Ken Goldenberg says:

    “I was always impressed by how good the
    turkey was when we were in the Austin/Hill Country area last year.
    “Smoked” turkey you get out here in California ends up tasting like
    ham – even when I’ve made my own for Thanksgiving (maybe because it’s brined
    first?) and has that smoked-pinkish color. I kept wondering how they do it and
    keep it looking and tasting like turkey!”

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