My apologies to Joe Strummer and The Clash for an obvious misuse of their song title. But, if you want some authentic Texas barbecue, you could do a lot worse than stopping at one of the Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q.
Rudy's has several locations in the southwest. I was down in Austin earlier this week and decided that I had to feed my need for some Q. I went over to Rudy's to pick up some dinner. Rudy's is a rustic sort of place, somewhat pre-fabricated to look like the country stores and gas stations of 1950's west Texas. Now while this decor may sound a bit kitschy, rest assured the meat is authentic.
Rudy's does not have table service. You don't even get a plate. You stand in line and order meat at the counter and they give it to you on butcher paper. Yes, meat, not a meal. You can purchase sides of potato salad and slaw, but the meat is the real feature. They also throw in several slices of white bread to go along with the meat.
I ordered a half pound of brisket and half of a sausage link. They included the white bread as noted above. To round out a complete meal, I got some sauce (contain tomato) and pickles (cucumber) on the side to serve as vegetables. And a container of banana pudding for good measure.
The meat was delicious. Smoky, but not overwhelming. Tender, lean, and moist. Rudy's has a nice sauce to go along with the brisket, tomato based and spicy. I like a sweet and vinegar type sauce on pork, but this sauce is a perfect match for the brisket.
Some detractors will claim that Rudy's is a chain. Well, it is. But it's a good chain and a good franchise. Any investor's out there? I'm ready to open one up in St. Louis.