Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-BQ. I love, love, love their brisket.
I’m not a big fan of barbecue or smoked meats. They always are tough and they leave an after taste that is awful. Joe loves barbecue. I go and pick at the stuff, and grumble a lot about finding a McDonalds when he is through.
About three years ago we were in Pharr (pronounced Far), Texas taking about 16 trucks to Houston to an auction. We stayed at a Motel 6 while there and the only place to eat within walking distance was a Pancake House (not IHOP) and a Rudy’s. Joe, as usual, wanted to go to the barbecue place. Reluctantly I plodded along with him. Grumbling all the way there. Mostly because my dinner was going to come out of the vending machine at the hotel after he finished eating.
Wow and double WOW!!! I’ve not had such good brisket EVER!!! If you order the Lean brisket it is a bit chewy and dry. The Moist brisket is so good. And the smoked sausages are wonderful. The only problem is they are in Texas. When I found we have one in Norman then I was thrilled about that. All the while we were in Pharr moving those trucks I wanted to end the evening at Rudy’s for dinner. That is rare for me.
There is one in New Mexico now. I think by the look of the map it is in Albequerque.
The inside of the building has walls of ribbed sheet metal. There are long tables that run end to end across the room so seating is plentiful. It is not fancy. The napkins are in a paper towel dispenser, the flatware or tableware is plastic spoons, forks, and knives.
The thing they show off are the smokers that are in the back of the kitchen. Watching them open the lids and take the slabs of meat out to be cut on the steel tables is something to watch – I’m easily entertained anyway.
Your order is placed in a crate, along with the “plates” which are butcher paper (to the right side folded up).
Rudy’s is a bit more pricey than other barbecue places but it is worth it. The food is FANTASTIC.
We had to get our barbecue fix before we leave town and don’t know when we will be back here or in Texas so we can do this again.
If you want some really, really, really good brisket (in my opinion) and are traveling through Texas then I suggest you give them a try. Then let me know what you think.
We got hooked up with our trucks. Joe was getting trucks out of Oklahoma going to California and I was going to just ride along. I had plans of getting into the Emergency Kit that Jann had made me. Wouldn’t you know it? Someone had to go and change my mind. They found four trucks so I will be driving. Oh well, I can save up some money to buy the Letter Press machine I saw a demonstration of while at Creations Galore in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
We had to put fuel in our trucks before we leave town.
It is going to take a bit over 200 gallons of diesel to get us to California. If we encounter head winds going west through Texas and New Mexico then we will need to purchase more. So maybe I have enough to get me to Arizona at least.
This is the fuel amount I put in my truck. Gulp! Hey, it is UNDER $3.00 a gallon so this is a bargain. I hate to think of what the cost of diesel is in Europe. They go by the liter, I think, and it is way, way more than what we pay here.
Okay, I’ve got to get going. Won’t get to California if I stay at this crazy machine.