Thursday, May 15, 2008
Hill Country, NYC
We were up in NYC for BrookLEn's art opening in Chelsea, so afterwards we took a cab due east to Hill Country for Texas-style BBQ. They bill themselves as a "barbecue market" meaning when you walk in the door, you are handed a meal ticket. You then take your ticket up to the meat line and the sides line.
From the meat line, we got Moist Brisket and Pork Ribs, served up as you can see above in brown paper. The ribs were Texas-style, meaning dry rub, and had a nice strong smokiness, attributable to the oak wood they have specially shipped up from Texas. The dry rub was peppery. The brisket had great flavor and was so tender it fell apart when you forked it. We had plenty of meat leftovers that lasted for days...
For sides, we got the Campfire Baked Beans - made yummily smoky by the burnt ends of meat; White Shoepeg Corn Pudding - sweet and spicy and comfort-food mushy-good; and the Longhorn Cheddar Mac & Cheese. I had heard great things about the mac & cheese... so I was a little disappointed that I wasn't orgasmic about it. Good solid mac & cheese, though, very creamy. And, because 1000yregg has a dangerous affection for deviled eggs, naturally we had to get the Smokey Chipotle Deviled Eggs.
There was plenty of other stuff I'd love to go back and try -- Kreuz Market sausage shipped from Texas, regular flavor and jalapeno cheese; Beer Can Game Hen; Ancho Chile Cherry Brownies. They actually have Green Bean casserole, 50s style, with Durkee fried onions on top! But the weirdest thing on the menu was got to be the Tequila milkshake... talk about a hurl waiting to happen...
Hill Country Barbecue Market
30 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010