What started as a roving outlaw barbecue food party has settled into a food trailer home on Austin's East Side: Micklethwait Craft Meats is the best barbecue in Austin you never heard of. Owner and pit boss Tom Micklethwait is doing Texas barbecue the old fashioned way: hand grinding and stuffing his sausage, building post oak fires and slowly smouldering his meats til they're good and ready.

Micklethwait makes everything from scratch.

We ran by earlier today and had sliced pork shoulder and kielbasa hot links (the brisket wasn't going to be ready til 4pm)

The pork was approaching the melting point but still had a good chew. The brawny hot links were divine. Perfectly seasoned and needing nothing; neither sauce nor salt. Unbelievable. A big plate of meat was $6.50.

You can buy your meats at $13 per pound or get plates starting at $8.

Sandwiches are $6.

Expect daily sausage specials as the pit boss experiments with his grinder/extruder. He's making duck tomorrow, for example.

Micklethwait Craft Meats is located behind Hearts & Robots Hair Studio, a stone's throw east of East End Wines.

pic of the pit boss http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress

and read about how Micklethwait Craft Meats was banned from Austin's Chowhound board http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/12/2

update 12/31/2012 Holy Hell, somebody on Shaggybevo must have posted a hotlink to this article,our feedjit gadget's going wild right now. Thanks for risking banishment to whoever linked us up.