Leaving Austin, we headed into Texas Hill Country, and onto one of the more famous (and infamous) Bar-B-Q ranches in Texas, The Salt Lick. It had been a while since I had last visited, and every time I almost miss the turnoff. Even though The Salt Lick has become a much bigger production—online ordering, BBQ tours, etc.— the original stone barn and wood smoker feel revived from a different century.
Gluttony is the word, with an all-you-can-eat selection of ribs, brisket, and the indelible sausages. Athough I enjoyed it all, I still feel partial to the sausages, with their thin, mustard-y mop. Mrs. LBT opted for the leaner smoked turkey plate, which was (not surprisingly) also delicious. It's hard to do anything but waddle out of there when you leave, and any time spent staring at the pit might leave you considering vegetarianism.
The good folks there let me come into the kitchen for these pictures. I must give credit to a truly friendly staff and service at the Salt Lick, which will make you want to stay until they roll you away.
The Salt Lick
18001 FM 1826
Driftwood, Texas 78619