Jul 26, 2016

Crazy Water; Mineral Wells Tx

Crazy Water; Mineral Wells Tx
Crazy Water; Mineral Wells Tx
Crazy Water; Mineral Wells Tx
"Crazy Water is just some bottled water, What even? You still wanna go?" I texted. She responded quickly, "I don't care. We'll be that way anyway if we are headed to Possum Kingdom for the fireworks. What time you wanna leave? I gotta go luggage shoppin' in the mornin' with Momma."

So. I arrived that Saturday mornin' on Southern time as always ready to taste all the water. We arrived in Mineral Wells a little after lunchtime to a deserted main street. We promptly hustled into the only open local cafe desperate for salvation from the Texas heat. The young boy at the counter looked at us with amusement when we declined his day old shrimp po-boys. We'd come for one item and it wasn't food poisonin'.We ordered out water and quickly left out to find food.

Minutes later we found our-self at the Mineral Wells Co. ready for pictures and touristy information. I scrunched my nose as I tried each bit of water. This tasted nothin' like medicine and wasn't as bad as the young boy made it out to be.



Mineral Wells Crazy water is #124 on the #TravelinTexan bucket list.
  • Mineral Wells is about 1hr outside of  Fort Worth in Palo Pinto county
  • It's famous for the Baker Hotel and it's "Mineral Water"
  • The "mineral water" got it's claim to fame when a crazy elderly lady was "cured of her crazy" and a man was cured of his stomach problem. People start flockin' to taste the water and it was soon bottled and sold.
  • Essentially Crazy Water is Alkaline Water among a few other things that's all natural .
  • Crazy Water comes in different levels or numbers and each number has a distinct taste. 

Have y'all tried Crazy Water? What other fun Texas bits have y'all visited? Let me know usin' #TravelinTexan

Jul 11, 2016

THE SALT LICK bbq – Driftwood, TX

II'll never forgot the first time I learned of the famed Salt Lick BBQ. It was summer of '14. A few of the boys invited me on their Austin adventure. They even offered to let me pick a few items on my #TravelinTexan list to complete. I new there'd be a catch. They NEVER invited me on Texas adventures. They wanted to spend the day at Jester King Brewery and needed my assistance to bring home items. HA, I knew my invite wouldn't be that easy. We spent the day loungin' in the Texas heat until someone hollered BBQ. The Salt Lick BBQ was but a few towns over and they were determined to get their behinds there. I agreed figurin' It'd be somethin' I could add to the second part of my Texas list. We sat in the car quiet cause I didn't realize they loved BBQ so much and I didn't want them to know I had spent so much time that previous week at Texas BBQ Week. They'd be mad I hadn't invited them along for the eatin'. I hid my guilty belly as we rode on.








Summer of '16 we 'd eaten more Watermelon  at Luling Texas Watermelon Thump than we cared to admit. We need meat sustenance now. She turned to me and goes, "I want BBQ. I see we are not far from Salt Lick and it's on your list. I looked. Wanna go?" I didn't wanna tell her I'd already been. I muttered my, "sure", as we loaded the car. On the drive over as the GPS went haywire for the millionth time I whispered, "I've been but it's fine cause I never got my money shot and the food is so good. But, now you owe me a trip to Franklin's BBQ"

This week is Texas BBQ Week and I gave all the lowdown on it here. But, if you are gonna make you way to The Salt Lick here's a few things you need to keep in mind:
  • Cash Only. When the original owner came from Mississippi and brought Salt Lick to Texas he had 12 things he never wanted to happen at his establishment. All but 2 are still standin'.
  • That brings me to the second one... BYOB the original owner never wanted alcohol sold at The Salt Lick BBQ. The Salt Lick Cellar that is attached and has wine and beer is technically a separate entity just on the property. 
  • There will be a wait but it's ok cause you can lounge on the patio and listen to some good Texas Country. This is Texas BBQ my frans. I've waited upwards of hours and it was worth every bit of standin' in the Texas heat. 
  • If y'all can eat the meat plate is your friend. Who doesn't want that much BBQ for less than I fill up my Ford. 
  • Burnt ends are always your fran. It's how you become a true Texan.


Have fun with some real Texas BBQ. Come early that way you have enough time after to make the short trip over to Austin, Texas. I promise it won't disappoint. 

The Salt Lick BBQ 
18300 FM 1826
 Driftwood, TX 78619

Jul 6, 2016

4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket

4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket 4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket 4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket 4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket 4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket 4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket
4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket
4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket
4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket

4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket
4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket
4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket
📷: Cameron Martin


Fourth of July has long been one of my favorite holidays. While we'll always have a ways to go it's a great time to celebrate how far we've come. A chance to be around family and those we adopted as family.  I enjoy livin' in a state that celebrates to Independence Day's every year. It's also a perfect chance to try out new recipes on loved ones. Like this brisket recipe.
4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket
4th of July + Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket
Ingredients:
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 & 1/2 of Beef broth
4 tablespoons of chili-powder
Brisket- Mine was a 5lb
a few tablespoons The Jelly Queens- Spice Kings Beef Rub
4 tablespoons Taste Elevated  Sweet n Tangy Mustard Seeds
Directions:
1. So most Texas BBQ rubs have some variation of chili powder, mustard seed, sugar, garlic powder onion powder and pepper. I wanted to try out Jelly Queens rub so I used that and then added the chili-powder and sugar. For the Jelly Queen rub I just eyeballed based on the amount of meat I had
2. Spread the wet Mustard Seed. I know, I know it isn't a true dry rub since I add wet but you'll live. I like a little somthin' to help my seasonin' stick to my meat. I crushed a bay leaf and add it.
3. I cooked uncovered for a little over an hour at 350 F
     4. I then added the beef broth/stock into my roastin' pan and covered. I cooked for another 3.5 hours checkin' here or there to make sure all the broth didn't cook out. I did this at 300F
5. Now impress all your friends this summer. 


In Texas if you have to put BBQ sauce on someone's BBQ it is considered an insult to them. But, if you feel you must I recommend Snows sauce. You can read all about it here and see pics and links to the other products I mentioned. 

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