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Micklethwait Craft Meats

Photograph by John Davidson

With its rounded corners and neatly painted garlands of oak leaves and acorns, Micklethwait’s fat little cream-colored trailer looks like part of a Hobbit community. It sits amid picnic tables on a tree-shaded lot in East Austin and offers superlative victuals, including brisket (embraced by a super-peppery, midnight-dark bark), rosy pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and a spectacular, fat-slicked beef rib that will feed four (and set you back a very-much-worth-it $20 a pound). The word “craft” in the name also refers to a short list of fine homemade sausages such as kielbasa and andouille and the occasional specialty like coarse lamb-and-beef with tangerine zest, courtesy of owner Tom Micklethwait (the “th” is silent, by the way). Other standouts are jalapeño-cheese grits; a creamy, mustard-rich potato salad; and chef-quality lemon poppy-seed slaw. Oh, and leave room for buttermilk pie.

City: Austin


Method: Oak; indirect heat pit

Pitmaster: Tom Micklethwait

Drinks: No bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1309 Rosewood Ave., Austin, TX, 78702

Hours: Tue-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-3 or till meat runs out

Phone: 512-791-5961

Website: craftmeatsaustin.com/

Year Opened: 2012

Last updated: July 28, 2017