Their Motto is “you can smell our pits from miles away”
We’re in Galveston, Texas right now but yesterday we had the BEST Bar-b-que. If you love bar-b-que and are ever travelling to Austin, Texas then The Salt Lick sets the gold standard. Austin has a lot of things going on like a music scene that’s not confined to country but also great rock, jazz and blues bands. It also does not lack for a decent bar-b-que and we were told “The Salt Lick” in Driftwood just 24 miles southwest of Austin was a must. Everyone knows that baby back ribs are the tastiest but their beef ribs were fantastic, meaty & tender. The whole place was quite the sight to behold with its contemporary Western style bar-b-que pit, live music and a short walk outside to get to the wine tasting room where for $5.00 you can sample five (fine) Texan wines. Who knew that Texas is the fifth wine producing state in the U.S.? You can buy a glass (like the Bar-b-que Red, Ranch Road Red or Hill Country Blend among others) or a bottle and take it to the restaurant with you since it’s a BYOB.
To pass the time until our table was ready (it’s a busy place) I decided to sample a few – well five. They usually have some dry crackers available to cleanse your palate before the next tasting but there were 4 women standing next to me snacking on pecans (grown in the area) and some good looking cashews. So I grabbed a handful and started talking with them. “How nice of them to provide these” I said. “Yeah, we always bring our own snacks with us” replied one of the women. Oopsy!
Photos: d. king