1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702
Continuing the round up of Austin BBQ joints, let’s take a snapshot look at Micklethwait Craft Meats (pro tip: pronounced Mickle-wait). That generous looking plate above is also one of the best lunchtime deals around, costing a mere $12 for a plate with two meats and two sides.
This jolly-looking trailer sits on a grassy lot on the Eastside (heck, are you actually allowed to open a BBQ trailer in any other area?!) and has fast imposed itself on the Austin scene as a serious contender. Tom Micklethwait has managed to create a wonderful homely atmosphere, bolstered by a commitment to quality ingredients and products. Just about everything on your plate will be made in house, including the freshly baked bread (this ain’t no Butter Krust), buttermilk pie and even homemade moon pies.
On the particular day I went, the brisket was decent, but not great, even by the admission of the cook himself. Hey, it happens. Judging from the rave reviews and frequent sell outs at the trailer, I’m confident that Mr Micklethwait hits the mark more often than not.
The sausage offering rotates daily and I was happy to be there to try the lamb sausage, given I have an antipodean fondness for that particular protein. And although it’s somewhat blasphemous to celebrate a side dish more than a meat, the jalapeño cheese grits here will start a party in your mouth that you’ll wanna invite other folks along to. They are unbelievably good.
Micklethwait also offer a catering service, and we all know the only thing better than going to get barbecue, is having someone else bring it to you at home.