March 17th, 2011
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Flight attendant on a plane home from SXSW:

"You are not gonna eat barbecue on my plane unless you brought enough for everyone."

It should be noted that Team Eatocracy managed to get their paws on two (2) notable plates of 'cue during their trek home from Austin to New York yesterday: a brisket sandwich from Salt Lick Bar-B-Que in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and a chopped pork shoulder sandwich (with slaw - they ask you, and you shouldn't say no) at Jim Neely's Interstate Bar-B-Que at the Memphis International Airport.

And while we spent the vast amount of our time trapped down in the basement of the CNN Grill (more on that later), and thus were unable to make the trek to Lockhart for Black's Barbecue, Smitty's Market and Kreuz Market (worth a trip to Texas by themselves), we did manage to sneak away to for some hot links, fried okra and serrano cheese spinach in town. Stubb's Bar-B-Q was out of the collard greens we were craving after days upon days of fried everything, but hey - there's our excuse to return.

And while we're on the subject:

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    why is it only breakfast and I want BBQ? Yes, that is how I spell it.

    March 31, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  2. David Scott

    Well, if pop culture sound bites weigh into it, then "Barby" should definitely be in the running. As in "the place on which one throws some shrimp."

    March 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  3. BBQ4life

    Salt Lick is not (good) BBQ. It's overpriced, overhyped crap for tourists. Next time you're in Austin, go to Sam's, or take a trip out to GW's favorite, Cooper's, in Llano - he wasn't wrong about absolutely everything, you know.

    March 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  4. mukazzi

    Voluntarily went vegetarian on Jan. 1...not a fan of brisket, but the picture of that sandwich is dangerous. Gotta get my salmon on this weekend. If I stay on this page, I'll need an intervention.

    March 18, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  5. ed bailey

    CNN, when are you guys and gals gonna realize you have hit the bottom of the pool!

    March 18, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • RichardHead

      Coming up for air from the bottom of your cesspool are ya ED? Troll!!!!!

      March 18, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  6. ed bailey

    That's what I call f*****g news CNN. Keep up the good work. One day, well you know!

    March 18, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  7. whitneyllittle

    I hope this is a blog post or something. This isn't news, just rambling.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:45 am |
  8. Thea

    well come on down, we have plenty of smoky, fragrant flesh in sauce for all

    March 18, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  9. Tiny Cat

    Now I'm hungry for some. Can't get any good stuff around here..think I'll make my way back to TX.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • OldFatTexasChick

      C'mon down, we have plenty. I do a pretty mean brisket, myself. Smoke it for about 12 hours. Homemade sauce. MMM MMM good!

      March 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  10. KeithTexas

    Bar b Que – beard to tail – pretty simple

    March 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • Fiona

      Nay, Keith, 'tis from the Spanish barbacoa.


      The previous one

      March 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
      • Fiona

        ...should have been "the precious one.". Blame iPad.

        March 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  11. CLRracer

    To the person who thinks there is no art to smoking a hog you are sadly mistaken. Barbecue is different in different places but comparing apples to apples no one does pulled pork barbecue like the Carolinas, and I personally will say Eastern NC has the best.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  12. Thea

    Bit precious aren't we Fiona?

    March 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Fiona


      March 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  13. Fiona

    "Other" equals smoky, smelly, greasy flesh in sauce.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  14. Fiona

    Good for the flight attendant. It makes me nauseous when people bring strong-smelling food on a plane. have some consideration for the others who are breathing the same air in that cramped tube!

    March 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  15. lrush

    I, for one, do not think the Salt Lick is overrated. I really love their food. We are lucky in Austin. I think there is plenty of great bbq around!

    March 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  16. Popeye

    Cue? Cue?!!! What the Heck is Cue? Sounds like something in a dress with pink lipstick. Cue in Sarah Palin.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  17. martha biggers

    I love the barbque at the houston international airport,I think the name is harmon brothers

    March 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  18. Lea

    Oh, the Salt Lick is good, but Rudy's is the best BBQ in Austin. Their Brisket is to die for. Every time I'm in Austin, I go to Rudy's, but none of it ever makes it on the plane.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  19. Denizen Kate

    All of these are acceptable references to barbeque except the first one and the last one. A Q is not a cue.

    Misleading title as usual, cnn. I thought I was going to read an article about a flight attendant not allowing someone to eat their own food on the plane. In which case I say they have their nerve! First they stop feeding you, then they won't allow you to feed yourself?

    March 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  20. Public Enemy Number 2

    I'm eating BBQ on any plane that doesn't serve meals. And even then I'd still eat BBQ.

    March 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  21. Bob

    It's BBQ or barbecue for the meat. The sausage is Hot Guts.

    March 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  22. Man Up Texas BBQ

    We posted this long ago as one of our blog's poll questions. (I've since removed the poll, b/c the HTML for the code was causing site problems). At any rate, if you're gonna abbreviate it, go with "BBQ." If you're gonna write it out, then definitely "barbecue." The food writer of the Austin-American Statesman says to go with "barbecue."

    March 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Denizen Kate

      That makes no sense to me. If barbecue is the proper spelling, shouldn't the abbreviation be BBC?

      Anyway you spell it, I want some!

      March 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  23. Alex

    Barbecue was the word I got wrong in my 5th grade spelling bee. I'll never forget it.

    March 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  24. aubrie

    Is the City Market still open in Luling? The last couple times I drove by one was there..... :( I LOVE their BBQ and their sauce!!!!!!!!

    March 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • reftom

      yes, City Market is still there and as good as ever.

      March 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  25. Anon_e_mouse

    Barbecue is what we do to it, and it has barbecue sauce on it, but the finished product is just plain 'cue. Oh, and at our house it's either beef brisket or chicken... last I looked there wasn't any way of making pork kosher :-)

    March 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • There's BBQing, and there's Smoking

      BBQ is the noun, Smoking is the verb. At least in Texas that is...

      March 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  26. pmmarion

    Hey, I don't care how you spell it, as long as it tastes good, bring it on....

    March 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  27. conradshull

    Austin's airport is so cool. It's the only airport (I've ever been in) where you can smell BBQ smoke coming from the terminal from the parking lot!

    March 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  28. Puffed Up

    Man, I can feel my arteries hardening and the LDL cholesterol accumulating just reading this article.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm |


    March 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • aubrie

      MMmmmmm..... Elgin sausage..... Can't beat it!!

      March 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Come on now...

      There is anything good in Elgin.

      March 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • YouDontKnowBBQ

      C'mon, Lockhart BBQ does not suck by any stretch of the imagination (and SHOUTING IT WITH CAPS won't help you either). You can't be serious about Stubbs though that place is terrible. I'm with ya on SSM in Elgin though...

      March 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  30. Clark Nova

    The idea that you can get decent pulled pork ANYWHERE in Texas is preposterous. They do pretty good brisket in those parts but that ain't really Q.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • That there's a brisket Clark!

      There's always someone from Carolina talking about pulled pork... as if there's an art to smoking pork. Here is God's Country... Q is brisket and sausage.

      March 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • OldFatTexasChick

      Brisket and ribs. Texas does them better than anywhere. There is a little Baptist Church in Huntsville, TX that runs a BBQ place and oh my gawd! It's the New Zion Baptist Church and if you haven't eaten there ya gotta try it.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  31. me

    BBQ here – too busy noshing on that yumminess to spell it out.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  32. Snowbunny


    March 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  33. Ant928

    Me and the boys just refer to it as Q.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  34. Evil Grin

    I usually abbreviate: BBQ, but that's mostly to avoid figuring out if it should be spelled barbecue or barbeque. By the way, my spell check wants to render it barbecue.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  35. Cris

    I love Neely's but the best BAR-B-Q in the world is Letha's in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, right off I-59. It's a must stop on the way to New Orleans.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  36. JB

    You didn't make it to Kreuz's??? Suckers! More brisket and potato salad for me!

    March 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  37. Glenn

    Salt Lick is WAY overrated. It's good...worth the drive for the scenery and the restaurant is cool, but it doesn't compare to the sublime joints you mention in Lockhart.

    BTW, the Oasis burned, but was rebuilt. We still gather there to watch the sunset like we are angels in a sappy Nick Cage movie.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • conradshull

      I like Ruby's (not to be confused with Rudy's, which is probably good, but I've never been there) and Iron Works is great, too.

      March 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  38. Les

    is the Oasis overlooking Lake Travis still outside of Austin? good times there.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • PER2010

      Oh, yes...the Oasis is still here.

      March 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
      • aubrie

        Ditto!! Good times there.

        March 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  39. Kathleen

    Wow, I sure miss Austin.

    After reading that, nothing Montana has to offer will satisfy for lunch.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Bill McGrath

      How about Famous Dave's in Missoula?

      March 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        I love Famous Dave's. We have one right across the street from work.

        March 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
      • BeerBrewerDan

        Famous Dave's is shite. That's like saying Long John Silver's is a good replacement for a hole-in-the-wall lobster roll joint in Maine.

        March 18, 2011 at 9:14 am |
      • JustUs2

        Famous Dave's SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        May 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  40. Gene

    Get that M---- barbeque off this M---- plane!

    March 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • LooneyBin

      Steaks on a Plane?

      March 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • katieroo

        Dangit... the one place on this website where you can't "like" a comment!! Bahaha steaks on a plane...

        March 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
      • Kat Kinsman

        HA! Love it!

        March 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • jpbrody

        That was just TOO FUNNY! I wish I had said that!

        March 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
      • Bunny

        LIKE! LIKE! LIKE!! LooneyBin and Gene, you two made my night. I never laugh out loud at comments, but tonight I did. Too funny!

        March 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Gene

      Get me Ham on five and hold the Mayo.

      (And please stop me before I do this again.)

      March 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
      • LOL

        That's hysterical! I am still laughing.

        March 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  41. Pat

    Now you made me hungry for some 'Cue.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Heather A.

      LOVE the shout-out to Neely's BBQ! Lived in Memphis for many years, and Neely's is hands-down the best BBQ you will EVER eat!

      March 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
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