Do you love Texas barbecue? Are you already a Central Texas BBQ connoisseur, devotee, enthusiast, or fanatic? Then you don’t need no dang lesson on this fine dining experience! But if you are a BBQ greenhorn, tenderfoot, cub, or dilettante, then let’s get you edumacated on Texas BBQ etiquette!
Here are some tips to make sure you don’t look like an amateur as you mosey on down the Texas BBQ Trail:
HOW TO EAT TEXAS BBQ
After you have been seated at your table and your order is served, place your napkin on your lap and DO NOT rest your elbows on the dining table. Also, as you hold your beverage, make sure you extend your pinky towards the ceiling to show you have class.
Now wait a minute there, my tongue got caught in my eyeteeth and I couldn’t see what I was saying! That dog won’t hunt in real authentic, down-home, BBQ joint like Caldwell County BBQ, or in most BBQ joints you may come across.
Throw your dining etiquette out the window! You should know BBQ is a messy affair. To really dig in and enjoy the euphoric experience of eating really good low & slow BBQ is hard to do without making a mess.
When the Czechs and Germans who settled in Texas in the 1840s offered their smoked meat to butcher shop customers, those original barbecue lovers would eat BBQ on a piece of butcher paper.
Things ain’t changed that much nowadays. Most authentic Texas BBQ joints don’t use plates. Meat still comes served on large sheets of butcher paper.
It is OK to eat your BBQ meal with your hands. Just make sure your hands are clean and bring a Wet-Nap Moist Towelette Pack! Ribs definitely need to be eaten caveperson-style with your hands. Brisket and sausage may be eaten with a fork, but a lot of folks will eat brisket with their hands. As a matter of fact, a lot of BBQ places don’t even offer forks!
Here’s a tip. Don’t wear white clothes when eating Texas BBQ! Wear casual attire that is hard to stain like blue jeans or dark-colored shorts.
WHAT TO ORDER
First, you need to know the different types of BBQ are available and what are their qualities. Then you should have an idea what type of meat you want – do you want beef, pork or turkey? How about all three! Bring the whole family and try everything. There is something for everyone.
Know your meat:
To start, the ‘pièce de résistance,’ the chief dish, the outstanding choice for anyone who wants to have the ultimate Texas BBQ experience is the BEEF BRISKET!
The brisket is a “primal” of the beef carcass. It’s one of the eight primals in the beef carcass. (See “The Science Behind Texas BBQ.”) Though a brisket is one of the least tender cuts of beef, it is rendered soft and develops an incredibly satisfying flavor as good as all git-out with low & slow cooking.
After hours in our smoker, Max Woodruff there is a lot of time to get that wonderful aroma and flavor from the smoke. When that sweet tender meat is falling off the bone and melting in your mouth, you will be glad you chose brisket.
You can choose to have your brisket sliced lean or fatty. If you are on a diet then maybe you want lean, but we’re here to tell ya, a fatty cut is the most tender and delicious.
Being on a diet when you come to Caldwell County BBQ may not be the best thing for ya! We’re not going to give you a dainty meal made for losers, weight losers that is. On the lighter side if you don’t want to indulge in the fatty side of life, you can order a BBQ salad; Fresh greens. cucumbers, tomatoes, with turkey. Turkey is great diet food!
If you have a hankering for pork, then order:
St. Louis Pork Ribs – the meatier ribs cut from the belly of a hog after the belly is removed and trimmed down by cutting away the hard breastbone and chewy cartilage.
Pork Butt – No, this cut of meat is not from the butt of the pig! It’s a cut of pork that comes from the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg. In ye olden days butchers would pack them into barrels known as a “butt” for storage and transport.
Sausage– another choice for pork, but is recommended to be served along with other meat orders.
SHOULD YOU USE SAUCE ON BRISKET?
There is always the idea that using sauce on BBQ, and especially brisket, to some people is a sin. But almost every BBQ joint you could go to will have sauce available or use it on their meat. Sauce can be good on some meat but take a few bites first to see if it needs the extra flavor or moisture.
As good as a well-made BBQ sauce may be, it can mask the smoky, low & slow flavors of your brisket. And the pit boss may come out with his meat cleaver and … never mind won’t do that. But whatever floats your boat, it’s your choice.
RESPECT FOR WAIT STAFF
The wait staff in a restaurant can make or break a meal just as much as the people in the kitchen. Whether you are in a fancy high-class restaurant or a down-home Texas BBQ joint, proper etiquette is to treat your waiter or waitress kindly. Cut them a break when things get crazy with all them hungry cowboys and cowgirls getting’ all riled up waiting for their BBQ!
Practice your Texas BBQ etiquette at Caldwell County BBQ! We will gladly help you master your BBQ skills and learn the finer points of this wonderful part of American culture. If you never had Caldwell County BBQ your satisfaction is guaranteed. Come on by and come hungry and feast at our Gilbert, Arizona Caldwell County BBQ soon!