The Salt Lick BBQ–Driftwood, Texas

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JG at The Salt Lick enjoying the beef platter

A salt lick is a place where animals congregate and this barbeque joint is appropriately named. People flock to this restaurant in droves for the best selling item, the all-you-can-eat barbeque: beef, sausage, and pork ribs for only $18.95 with all the fixings–potato salad, cole slaw, beans, breads, pickles and onions. Kids under 12 can join the family in hording meat for only $4.95 and those under 4 eat free.

An hour south of Austin in the scenic countryside this rustic restaurant is sparsely decorated; sit on the picnic tables and smell the sweet aromas rising from the smoking pit. I went with my friend Sarah. I had the beef brisket plate with The Salt Lick’s secret sauce as well as potato salad, cole slaw, beans, bread, pickles and onions ($11.95). Sarah had the turkey plate with all the same fixings for $12.95.The secret sauce is sweet yet packs a small punch that does not overpower the meat. The sauce comes on the side as any barbeque connoisseur knows well-flavored barbeque does not need sauce. The brisket at this joint is moist and not because each piece is filled with fat but because of the great care in selecting and smoking the meat.

For $5.95, you can get the vegetarian plate: potato salad, cole slaw, beans, bread, pickles and onions. It sounds like just sides, but these are the best sides ever. The cole slaw is shredded cabbage without the fattening mayonnaise. Instead it is mixed with vinegar and sesame seed; it is a refreshing change from the overly creamy standby.

I was on vacation in Austin after moving away and I made it a point to schedule time to come here. Make sure to carve schedule into your busy sightseeing trip in Austin to chow down on good barbeque.

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