Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q

With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, my mind is on barbecue. And you can't talk about Texas BBQ without mentioning Rudy's. It's a classic.

Rudy's locations are multi-functional, consisting of both a bbq stand and pump station! The original location, founded in Leon Springs, Texas, was a gas station, garage, and grocery store - hence the "country store" aspect. 

Granted, after it was first introduced in 1989, the barbecue has since taken over both the grocery and gas services. And once you have it, you'll understand why. Rudy's serves up all the basics: red-rimmed smoked brisket, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, and house jalapeƱo sausage.

And plenty of sauce on the side:

With an abundance of oak trees in Texas, Rudy's is unique in using oak wood for their pits as opposed to hickory or mesquite.

When you first arrive inside, it's time to queue in line, but don't worry, there's plenty of entertainment.  First there's the Cutter Cam where you can watch the butchers hack away at all the meats, making you feel even more hungry.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ode to the YETI Cooler

With Spring in full swing and Summer fast approaching, the propane tank on our grill has already had to go for a fill up (and that doesn't take into account the use of our charcoal kettle). 'Tis bar-b-que season, and you can't beat the heat without an ice-cold drink in hand. And where do we all turn for that? Our trusty cooler, of course.

 YETI makes quality, made-to-last coolers that really get the job done. Drinks stay cold and even the ice won't melt. Recently we received this YETI Hopper:

Easy to carry, yet promising to keep cold for days, my husband is eager for the summer and making good use out of it with a trip to the Salt Lick.