This Week In Sausage News: High Dollar Sausage, Scotch Eggs, La Quercia, Kielbasa Obituary

Sausage prices skyrocket

The infamous Scotch Egg

Sit down with the folks from the legendary La Quercia

The king of kielbasa has died

previous This Week In Sausage News: Dublin Coddle, Afro Fusion African Sausage, Cincinnati Goetta, Venison


The Best Austin Texas Food Blogs: The Hightower, Quattro Gatti, Titaya's, Bufalina, Angela Medearis

The Hightower gets raved up by the folks at A Time To Kale

Completely obscured by high profile Italian joints in Austin, Quattro Gatti just keeps hammering away

I love Angela Shelf Medearis

Hungry Girl Austin continues rampaging, Godzilla-like across Austin eating everything in her path. Titaya's report

Bufalina is hiring

previous The Best Austin Texas Food Blogs: Stiles Switch, Pop Up Picnic, Whataburger,Lenoir,Gus Fried Chicken


Interview With Sam Williams III

One of the old masters discourses on all things hog.


Field Report: Scrumptious Chef Charcuterie Pop Up

East Austin Charcuterie Project was our most ambitious pop up restaurant yet. Such is the nature of slow-cured meats and food made 100% by hand using our highly specialized "competitive sourcing" techniques.

But we must bow and scrape to the old master: Allan Benton. The crowning glory of any menu upon which it's featured will always be a cured ham coming out of this man's Madisonville TN smokehouse.



RIP: Rest In Peace Railroad Barbecue

Railroad Barbecue has announced that they are shuttering their old timey barbecue joint in Manchaca (est.1981) and if that news wasn't bad enough, they are also closing down their Kyle location.

When we lived in South Austin, Railroad saw plenty of our brisket and fried potatoes money. No shortcuts from the Sherrill Family on those fries that we repeatedly declared to be the finest in Travis County.

Handcut, fried twice and served hot as blazes.



Texas Killers Bring Home The Hardware At 2014 World Beer Cup Awards

Does the fact that Coors Brewing Company won the World Beer Cup Championship in the large brewing category in any way mitigate the importance of the World Beer Cup?

Johnny Paycheck sure wouldn't think so. That man loved his yellowbelly. When's Jester King going to put out a banquet beer?



This Week In Craft Beer News:Stochasticity, Young Master Ales, Asheville Scene, Freetail,Jester King

We're no fans of South Austin Brewing but last night's front porch beer, a 750ml of their golden ale cellared for 14 months was delicious. We wish we had the time to cellar all their brew 'cause straight out of the box they're bordering on undrinkable.



The Ten Most Popular Recipes In The History Of Scrumptious Chef

This site began its life as a recipe database before morphing into a powerhouse of barbecue reviews, taco ramblings, food obituaries, dive bar reports and analyses of other food writers' work.

But recipes are evergreen, and they still drive the lion's share of traffic to this blog. Without further ado, here are the ten most popular recipes in the history of the site:



Steven Shaw Is Dead

When Steven Shaw and Jason Perlow founded eGullet in August of 2001 they had no way of knowing they were helping to kickstart a revolution.

Shaw was sick and tired of Chowhound's heavy-handed moderation (read The Death Of The Austin Chowhound Board attempts to control the posters who had come to regard the virtual community as their de facto living room.



This Week In Sausage News: Dublin Coddle, Afro Fusion African Sausage, Cincinnati Goetta, Venison

Another busy week in the world of sausage. We introduced a brand new boudin at our most recent food party and it was a hit. Apparently people really like smoked shrimp and pork belly sausage. Read on for news on the Dublin Coddle and information on African sausages.



A Recipe For Benton's Smoked Bacon Pimento Cheese Spread

I've been an acolyte of Allan Benton since I was nothing more than a country sprout growing up in the Cumberland Highlands of Eastern Kentucky. While my grandpa Big Jim Sullivan was putting out world class bacon from a wood smokehouse in rural Knox County, Allan Benton was two hours south learning the cured meat trade in Madisonville, Tennessee.



How To Cook A Benton's Country Ham

We've tackled the methods behind breathing life into a cured country ham here before but for our latest adventure we wanted to see if a different technique could be employed. When you travel 2000 miles to buy a ham you want to make sure you honor the meat so while this was an experiment it did not happen without a lot of serious research.



A Guide To Making The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Making the perfect hard boiled egg starts with one simple trick: use old eggs. You can accomplish this via shopping at a store that doesn't turn their stock over frequently or by purchasing the eggs 10-14 days in advance of cooking day.



Field Report: East Austin Salsa Shootout 2 At Tamale House East

A young hopeful rose out of nowhere to seize the day at Tamale House East's second annual East Austin Salsa Shootout as a battle-hardened team of hot sauce cooks (minus a no show) gathered on the East 6th Street proving grounds with fiery quarts of handmade salsa to see who could put out the best sauce in all of East Austin.

One entrant, not the winner, proved to be my favorite with an absolute ass-burner. Lassitude stripped away via capsicum I returned to the kitchen a new man.

Ryan and Julie of Foie Gras Hotdog, in a giant fuck you to convention, returned to defend their title with a new recipe. Eschewing last year's formula took some serious guts and we salute them.

All the hot sauces were splendid but one mole-like concoction was especially deep in flavor. We reckon this cook must have spent time in Oaxaca as their rendition tasted like it had a good 30 ingredients.

And the winner? Matt Taylor, a cook at Swift's Attic, competing for the first time, was deemed the crowd favorite. There is no judging panel at East Austin Salsa Shootout. The people decide who the champ is.

This event would have not been possible had it not been for Saint Arnold Brewing, Four Seasons Austin and Juiceland.

photo credit via Nelly P. Ramirez one of the competitors


The Best Austin Texas Food Blogs: Stiles Switch, Pop Up Picnic, Whataburger,Lenoir,Gus Fried Chicken

The gals over at Forks Up segue off the fine dining trail and eat at Stiles Switch Barbecue

Ginny Bell! has a food events round up for y'all



Lockhart BBQ's Steve “Bubba” Coddington Wins National Barbecue Person Of The Year

Up in Michigan there's a smoked meat outfit called Lockhart BBQ where pit boss Steve "Bubba" Coddington plies his trade. (ed note: barbecue newcomers now use the word "pitmaster" to describe any person who's ever so much as grilled a hamburger on a Weber grill, we'll stick with the pit boss appellation.)

That's a far piece from Lockhart, Texas but as branding goes you could do a lot worse than invoking a Texas legend to help get the meat out the door.



Massive Craft Beer Party Set To Blow Up In Dallas: Big Texas Beer Fest

To be clear, we have no intention of attending, but this weekend's (Saturday April 5th 2014) Big Texas Beer Fest in Dallas sounds like a good time

To wit: 400 beers from over 100 brewers.



A New Player Enters The Austin Texas Craft Coffee Scene: Wild Gift Coffee

For the past five years, Once Over Coffee Bar in South Austin has been our favorite coffee shop in central Texas.

We go here for perfect Americanos, a soundtrack featuring plenty X, and Jason and the Scorchers and the friendliest baristas in Austin.

They also happen to be deadly serious about their beans. So serious, they've decided to open their own coffee roaster with partner Clancy Rose, a major player in the Texas craft bean roasting scene.



Meet Our Purveyors: Anson Mills' Glenn Roberts Preaches The Gospel Of Organic Sustainable Grits

Much like his contemporary, Allan Benton of Benton's Country Hams, Anson Mills' Glenn Roberts is a rockstar in the community of chefs who treat sourcing like a competitive sport.

While Benton rules the heritage pork game, Roberts is perched high atop the roost of heirloom corn, rice, and other grains; a perch that he built through a decade-plus of hard work searching the back roads of South Carolina for forgotten seed strains of Civil War-era starch varietals.



Aggie Processed Meat Technology School April 24-25, 2014

If you're planning on entering the meat business or just interested in sharpening your skills and/or honing your meat techniques, Texas A&M is hosting a processed meat symposium April 24-25 2014.



This Week In Craft Beer News: Saint Arnold,Brouwerij Troost,Whole Foods,Global Assn Of Craft Brewers

In what world is Shiner Bock considered a craft beer? To be clear, we have no hatred for Shiner. If you walk up to us with one and proffer it, it will be summarily drunk with nary a protest. But is it craft?



Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up 15: East Austin Charcuterie Project

The Scrumptious Chef cooking crew has swollen to nine for our next event: East Austin Charcuterie Project, to be held at Tamale House East Saturday April 5th 2014 at 7pm.

It's a trek through the world of cured meat with all the heritage pork (From Legend Meats Gorman, Texas) you could dream for or want.



Best Dive Bar In Austin Part Eleven: The Jackalope

Should a drinkery be disqualified from being considered the best dive bar in Austin if they sell cans of Pearl, the oldest and cheapest beer in Texas, for $4.25?

Not necessarily. After all, they've got to keep the lights on one way or another.

A far more egregious sin for a dive bar is hiring a snarling harridan to serve that beer.



As Bridget Dunlap Closes Lustre Pearl W/Stevie Nicks Tribute Christine McVie Re-joins Fleetwood Mac


We think not.

Christine McVie has not toured with Fleetwood Mac in 15 years, but now, with a major artistic threat (Bridget Dunlap's Stevie Nicks cover band) looming on the horizon, McVie has announced plans to rejoin her old bandmates.



This Week In Sausage News:Big Boar Hog, FDA, Make Your Own Bacon,Burger King,Clarissa Dickson-Wright

We'll be firing up the big grinder extruder next week as we introduce a brand new sausage at our charcuterie pop up ( It's a smoked seafood, country ham boudin, and we're predicting it will be a stunner.



Southern Aggression! Texas Top Barbecue Pit Bosses Set To Invade NYC For Smoked Meat Pop Up

As we speak, a team of fire-hardened Texas pit bosses are caravanning out of the Great State on their way to NYC for a barbecue pop up.



2014 Food And Wine Best New Chef: Mat Clouser vs Paul Qui vs Andrew Wiseheart

There are non-Austin chefs competing for Food and Wine's Best New Chef, but for the purposes of this conversation we'll limit ourselves to the Austin contingent.

Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo puts out one of Austin's finest (and bloodiest on demand) burgers, and is handy with a cleaver when it comes butchering time. If you like dogs and children then this is your spot.



Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up 15: Meet Our Purveyors: Benton's Country Ham

Madisonville, Tenn. "It's not the dollar that motivates me so much as the compliment."

It's a long haul from Austin, Texas to Madisonville, Tennessee (2000 mile round trip) but when you've got a charcuterie pop up restaurant planned, it's a pilgrimage that must be made.

And one I happily took as the new year began a few months back.



The Best Austin Texas Food Blogs: Blackbird And Henry, Titaya's, La V, Salty Sow, Nobel Sandwich

The ladies over at the Forks Up blog keep on banging out killer content with plenty restaurant reviews. Blackbird and Henry gets the treatment



Five Hour Vietnamese Cauliflower: A Practical Guide

Dedicate five hours of your life to roasting a cauliflower; go ahead and do it Vietnamese-style, you'll have plenty time to lollygag while the task completes itself.

Hot and fast vs low and slow.



Dr. Bryan Townsend Of Austin Shatters World Record With Monster Guadalupe Bass

Sometimes it pays to hire a fishing guide. Shea McClanahan led Dr. Bryan Townsend to a honey hole on the Colorado River, just south of Austin, a few weeks back, and Townsend got down to business by snagging the biggest Guadalupe Bass ever caught.

Anywhere in the world.

Guadalupe Bass are absolutely gorgeous and even prettier once they've been cleaned, fried in clear oil, and put on a nice supper plate with a wedge of lemon and maybe a dollop of tartar sauce.

Congratulations to Dr. Townsend and we close with our "How To Cook A Large Mouth Bass" recipe

pic credit Marcos de Jesus © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


This Week In Craft Beer News: Kentucky Breakfast Stout,Michael Agnew,Banger's,Prague Beer Museum

Beer lines in Michigan; a craft beer scribe; beer doc; a beer museum, and the state of craft beer in Tasmania are all writ large in this week's craft beer roundup.



Gumbo Cook Off At Rain Lily Farm In East Austin Saturday March 29th 2014

After finishing 2-0 at the Texas Top Cook Gumbo Cook Offs back in the double aughts we retired from active competition so we'll be sitting this one out.

On Saturday March 29th 2014 Rain Lily Farm will be hosting a gumbo cook off with proceeds benefiting Creek People.

The fete sounds like a fun affair with a ten dollar tariff getting you samples from all the contestants.

Think you've got a prize winning recipe? $35 will get your hat tossed in the ring.

Gulf Coast Playboys will provide the live music.

We have no idea what the prize is for winning but if you want to secure victory feel free to use our recipe.

Party starts at noon.


How To Be A Cook

Chef Mark Mendez of Carnivale in Chicago recently penned an open letter to culinary students. It's worth your time.


How To Cook A Large Mouth Bass

Outside of Bluegill, there is no finer eating fish than a common freshwater bass.

Three weeks ago Robert Whitehead of Austin snagged a 13.9 pounder out of Lake Austin. The fish was 27.28 inches long and 19.84 inches in girth. I hope he trundled it home for a fancy fish dinner hot out of an old cast iron pan.

But in keeping with the ShareLunker program ethos the catch was most likely transported to Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens, Texas for breeding.



Aftermath Video Footage Of Car vs Pedestrians At Mohawk

Two and a half minutes of footage from a video street team that was on the ground after the tragedy at Mohawk during SXSW.



Franklin Barbecue Sauce Recipe

It's entirely possible that I've never tasted Aaron Franklin's barbecue sauce. Back when Franklin had his little barbecue trailer in French Place I ate there a couple times a week til the lines became untenable but never felt the need to besmirch the meats with anything: No sauce, no salt, no pepper, no ranch, no nothing.



The Best Austin Texas Food Blogs: Taste Of Ethiopia, Fine Dining Map,Pieous,Noble Sandwich,Patrizi's

Continuing along with our weekly celebration of the hardest working food bloggers in all of USA. Show them some love y'all.

A Taste Of Ethiopia is the best restaurant in Pflugerville, which is like being the best window tint shop in College Station, but still via The Salt Tooth bloggers.



How To Make Benton's Country Ham Vietnamese Fried Rice

We have a huge post pending on the significance of Allan Benton to the modern day world of charcuterie in the US ( New York Times but for now we'll content ourselves with a simple recipe for country ham Vietnamese fried rice.



This Week In Sausage News: Jennifer Lawrence, The Meat Racket, In Meat We Trust, Indian Hill Farms

Bite Labs grows celebrity meat via biopsy in a lab setting then cures the meat into artisan salumi. They're trying to get Jennifer Lawrence on board

Sausage-y book reviews from the New York Times; Christopher Leonard's "The Meat ­Racket," and Maureen Ogle's "In Meat We Trust."

Indian Hills Farm is producing handmade Texas Dry Sausage links and vending them at the Farmer's Market downtown and also at Sunset Valley.

How much sausage could you take if someone paid you .10c an inch?

Last week's: This Week In Sausage News: Mici Romanian Sausage, Cannibal Pigs, Pierre Mastromanno, Charcuterie


Austin Texas Growler Fills: Growler Room South Opens On Oltorf

Growler Room must be doing some big business. In one year, they've already expanded from their North Burnet lair and opened a satellite location in south Austin on Oltorf Road.

They're doing business the right way too with good prices on most craft beer fills.



2014 50th Annual Lone Star Fair & Expo and Rattlesnake Round-up In Brownwood Texas

Rattlesnake Chili? Check

Fried Rattlesnake? Check

Rattlesnake on a Stick? Check

Chili Cheese Rattlesnake Nachos? Check



The Beer Explainer: What Are Mosaic Hops?

For the first time since the 90s, Live Oak Pilz was not my year-end gallon-consumption champ at years close. That distinction belonged to Lone Pint Brewing in Magnolia, Texas, and their genius use of the Mosaic hop in the company's Yellow Rose IPA.



Definitive Guide 2014 Austin Texas Lenten Fish Fries

It's Lent, so many among us have sworn off demon rum, red meat, chocolate or the normal pleasurable indulgences that we allow ourselves to shake off the torpor of this existence.

But nobody said anything about fried food. Below, we've compiled a helpful list of churches in the Greater Austin area that are hosting fish fries on Friday during Lent.



2014 National Barbecue Association BBQ Bash Cookoff In San Marcos Texas

San Marcos Texas will go up in flames this weekend (Sat March 8th 2014) as the National Barbecue Association takes over the Embassy Suites parking lot for a showdown between 30 of the best barbecue teams in the USA.

This is a Kansas City Barbeque Society Society sanctioned event.

"What do they know about barbecue in Kansas City?" might be your retort, but folks up that way, misguided though they are, have their own little barbecue scene, and they deserve to be allowed to sanction events just like the Texas big boys.

They are putting their money where their mouth is. Grand champion will walk away with a thousand bucks and reserve champ gets $750.

Texas barbecue parties are a feast for the senses. You can't walk 10 feet without somebody trying to shove a plate of meat in your mouth and the cold beer flows good and easy.

Hope to see y'all down in Hays County this weekend.


Jane Ko Hits The Big Time. Set To Lead Massive Food Crawl Through Downtown Austin

How one girl who weighs approximately five stone can manage to eat at 25 restaurants is beyond us, but inside that diminutive body there apparently lurks a ravenous dockhand.

Jane Ko is set to report to the mainstage beginning Friday March 7th 2014.

We have no idea what food crawl is other than a call to arms for the gluttons of the world.

Analyze the event poster, sign up via Eventbrite and please report back.


California Dreaming...Car2Go And The Strange And Terrible Saga Of Dan's Hamburgers Vs City Of Austin

The hoary old expression "crony capitalism" comes into heavy play on a white hot Reddit thread concerning Dan's Hamburger's City of Austin/Car2Go boondoggle at Dan's Hamburgers Manchaca Road project.

Lots of good juicy verbiage between Redditors over possible kickbacks between Car2Go and the city over dedicated Car2Go spots in Dan's parking lot.



Austin Texas Guide To Pop Up Restaurants 6:Shake Shack, Dominique Ansel, Scratch Bar, IBM Food Truck

It's gratifying to see mainstream local media providing some coverage for pop up restaurants in Austin.Of course, for it to happen, a bunch of entrepreneurs had to come in from New York City and Beverly Hills but still.

Baby steps.



East Austin Salsa Shootout 2 At Tamale House East Saturday April 5th 2014

We'll have more news as warranted, but please save the date for our East Austin Salsa Shootout 2 on Saturday April 5th 2014 at Tamale House East.

A luxury brunch for two at Four Seasons Austin goes to the winner.

Chefs, have you got what it takes?



news as warrants: Chefs Ryan and Julie of Foie Gras Hot Dog confirmed they will return to defend their crown.

news as warrants: Chefs Mando and Jarrod of Taco Journalism will report to the main stage to see if they can wrestle victory from the competitors.

news as warrants: Chef Margaret Christine of Notes From Maggie's Farm has confirmed that she will compete.

news as warrants: Chef Nelly Ramirez of Aneelee will compete

news as warrants: Chef Keith Fryerson (formerly of Vespaio) will compete

news as warrants: Terry Grier of When In Austin will compete

news as warrants: Chef Wes Broussard will compete


ABGB Goes Powermad: Holds Blakkr (Three Floyds, Real Ale, Surly Brewing) Texas Release Party

ABGB will level South Austin on Saturday March 15th 2014 as they hold a release party for Blakkr, a collaborative brew from Three Floyds, Surly Brewing and Real Ale.

Blakkr is an old Norse word for "dark" or "black" and given the pedigrees of the men involved, highly appropriate.



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