This past week when driving to play golf in Putnam County, I happened to take notice as I passed by this little unassuming spot on Route 9. I was running a little behind in my travel time.....so I was unable to stop to find out any specifics....but, I wish I had, as I later found out they have a daily $4.99 Lunch Special....
After golf though, I made sure that I did make the stop to possibly bring home some Take-Out. Pulling into the location, the place looked like a small little trailer next to a barn. A Gentleman greeted me outside and told me to go inside the building to order.....I asked him how long to prepare an order and he stated 5-10 minutes at most.....The inside area had a window to order through, which was attached to the outside trailer where they prepared the orders. Inside the room, there were picnic tables set up and coolers to help yourself to soft drinks or a large selection of beer...the latter, only a modest $2.75 per bottle. The menu on the wall offered a variety of ways to order.....meat only by the pound, plates, combination plates with sides, and etc. Having difficulty deciding how to order, the staff, who I soon found out were the owners (Linda and Bill), helped guide me into ordering just whatever I wished, with or without sides......I settled on a half pound of Beef Brisket (Marbled), 1/3 Slab of Ribs and 1/4 pound of Smoked Sausage. All in for about $24.
While waiting, I engaged the pair in a little discussion and they told me they have been in business for three years. Linda offered to have Bill show me their oven, (which had about a dozen each of chickens and briskets inside), and Bill explained to me his approach to smoking and learning while living in Austin, Texas at some of the most famous places in Hill Country.....no pretension....only happy to tell me he smokes his meats with a Dry Rub & Hickory Wood @ 180-185* for a minimum of 18 hours in his South Bend Smoker Oven. He directed me to review the positive reviews on Yelp, as they were favorable.....and I completely agree.
I picked up my order and went off on my way. With the aroma of BBQ in the car, I could not wait and decided I had to eat the Brisket on the way home, as intended, not reheated.. Excellent Brisket with great smoke and beef flavor ....very tender and easy to chew.....without it falling apart. Having enjoyed the brisket so much, I dug into the ribs and smoked sausage, as well, and both equally as good........It was all finished before I made it back over the Bear Mountain Bridge.....not to forget, they prepare everything without dressing in BBQ sauce, but serve it on the side. The sauce was a pleasant sweet and tangy, for dipping. I enjoyed the BBQ so much, when I returned home i looked up their contact information and gave them a call asking for Bill....I felt it was only proper to tell him I really enjoyed his BBQ and appreciated their hospitality and graciousness.
If you are ever in the area, I recommend you give The RoundUp Texas BBQ a try. This is really my favorite type of place to find when I'm traveling on the road. A simple place run by people who are passionate about their business and want to share it with others. .......I plan on revisiting with the family and trying their Dino Beef Ribs next......made with The Short Rib Cut..
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