Friday, January 13, 2012

Double Trouble BBQ

AUSTIN: Double Trouble BBQ
5300 S Congress Ave

Austin, TX 78745


Open M-Sat 11:30-2:30 & 4:30-8:30

This joint made some news this summer for being the first aquatic BBQ joint that anyone could recall. These days the boat is off Lake Austin and trailered in a gravel lot on far South Congress. I bellied up to the bow and placed my order. Ribs aren't an option so sliced brisket and pork were my preferred options. Meats were fetched from warmers inside the house boat while the idle smoker sat on solid ground next to the trailer.

Oak and apple wood are used in the smoking process, but I couldn't detect much of either. The moist pork still had good flavor, but was overly tender and salty, possibly from sitting in the warmer. Small bits of brisket were sliced with the grain making for some chewy meat with little going for it in the smoke or seasoning department. The side of potato salad was passable and the creamy beans were well spiced with a nice bit of cilantro. Overall, this place would work great for a captive audience on the lake, but it's not much of BBQ destination on land.

Rating **

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Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.