Call it a continuing smoked meat puzzlement for the Posse: Why aren’t the lines longer at Brown’s Bar-B-Que trailer on South Lamar in Austin?
Owner Daniel Brown has been cooking and serving barbecue for more than a decade. His trailer started getting some serious buzz in 2013 and over the years has been touted by Eater Austin, Texas Monthly, even Bon Appetit.
Early this year, Conde Nast Traveler included Brown’s on its list of the 10 best barbecue joints in Austin.
I first went to Brown’s Bar-B-Que in late 2015, after moving to Austin from Dallas. There were no lines. I was impressed by the food and told a few Posse mates about the place, including Sam Gwynne and Chris Wilkins.
Wilkins and I are convinced that we published an item about Brown’s Bar-B-Que back then, but we can’t find it in the archives. Nor can I find any drafts or beginnings of a story in old electronic notes and emails.
My bad. It certainly reinforces one of the most valuable journalism lessons I ever learned from one of my earliest editors. “Write it, don’t talk it,” he said.
It’s still great advice, so, we’ll write it now.
Wilkins and I went to Brown’s on a recent Friday with barbecue pro Mark Gabrick, who recently moved to Austin from Florida. We arrived at the trailer, parked in front of Corner Bar, a little before the opening time of 11 a.m. There was no line.
Since we were going to hit a second joint immediately after this stop, we limited our order to the Texas Trinity of brisket, pork ribs, and sausage, with a side of boudin. The place also serves beef ribs, turkey, chicken, pulled pork and beef shoulder, stand alone and in a variety of wraps and sandwiches.
“That’s great brisket,” Gabrick said, after taking a bite. “It’s a surprise to me because I drive by all the time and there’s never a line.”
“That’s some of the better brisket I’ve had in the last six months,” Wilkins agreed.
It was tasty, tender and almost melted in your mouth.
The pork ribs were terrific, too, done exactly how I like them with just the slightest tug off the bone. Not mushy, but almost melt in your mouth.
We all liked the boudin, and thought the sausage was just o.k.
“I would definitely come back for that brisket,” Gabrick said.
We’d come back to Brown’s Bar-B-Que for the ribs and boudin, too.
We finished eating about 11:30. There were eight people in line. The Posse’s puzzlement continues.
Brown’s BBQ, 1901 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, 512-517-8520. Open Thurs-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm.