Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bee Cave B-B-Q

BEE CAVE: Bee Cave B-B-Q
8414 Bee Cave Rd

Austin, TX 78746


Open M-Thur 11-7, F 11-3

Twelve years ago, the Waldrops started Bee Cave B-B-Q. A trailer sits behind a barbed wire topped chain link fence at the entrance into a fancy new Austin area neighborhood. All of the smoking is done out back behind the trailer, and this lovely older couple runs the pit and the register. I ordered a dry brisket sandwich and a couple of the large spare ribs. The brisket had a decent crust with a slight smoke line. The crust could have used a little more salt, but the smokiness was definitely deep into the meat. The lean slices were a little on the dry side, but also very flavorful. The ribs couldn't help but be flavorful given the amount of garlic in the rub. This wasn't garlic powder, but fresh garlic chunks mixed with salt, black pepper, and what I suspect was mustard powder. The flavor was there, but due to the heavy rub, no crust had formed. These ribs could have also used some more time in the smoker to gain a bit more smokiness and tenderness. The fat could have alse been better rendered. Don't get me wrong, the ribs were good, but I think the rub detracted from the natural rib flavor rather than comlementing it. But hey, I haven't run a successful BBQ businees out of a trailer for dozen years either.

Rating ***
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Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.