BOERNE, Texas - Fate has a way of putting the future on the grill. You can standby and watch it burn to smithereens, or grab the tongs and turnover a masterful meal. Texas Meat Co. did the latter.
"Boerne kind of needed a restaurant like this, a little bit more casual and little bit relaxed with plenty of alternatives," owner Tom Stevens said.
Life, family and the pursuit of a different level of happiness brought Stevens, wife Shanda and business partner Paul Thompson back to Texas. The business partners weren't pursuing anything in the restaurant industry. By 2006, they opened the American upscale Cypress Grille in Boerne.
Ok, it's a success. Then, they realize (like any true Texan), smoking meat on the grill is addictive.
"We do a lot of catering, and it seemed like it was families coming into Texas wanting barbecue," Thompson said. "That's what kind of got us into doing this barbecue thing."
The partners found a space at 1101 S. Main St. in Boerne to bring Texas Meat Co. to fruition. They choose a building from 1928 with a few former lives.
"It's been a gas station. It's been a Subway," Thompson said. "It's been other restaurants. It's been a postal service at one time."
The historic spread now houses barbecue with a twist. Stevens said they've been criticized for not having traditional Hill Country barbecue. It was intentional. Difference is supposed to be the dish.
"I think we are original barbecue," Stevens said.
The restaurant also smokes salmon, fries shrimp and prepare greens. They even do Kahlua style pulled pork and St. Louis-style pork ribs.
"We do an espresso brown sugar rub on our brisket," Stevens said.
If you're looking for bread to go with the smoked meat, you won't find it. Instead, Texas Meat Co. does homemade tortillas.
Neighborhood Eats had to dig into the fare starting with a their ribs, sausage, German-style potato salad and stewed squash with tomatoes and collard greens. Que Rico!
The brisket sandwich is a customer favorite. It is now on the Neighborhood Eats list too.
Corn dressed in butter, cilantro lime aioli and cheese was a super side item as well. The creamy pepper jack cheese macaroni isn't spicy, but it's worth a spoon or two.
The most popular item in the building is the twice-baked potato topped with brisket. This spud is stuffed with cheese, sour cream and more brisket. Que Rico!
Try the non-barbecue items too like the smoked salmon on rye crowned with avocado, radish sprouts, cucumbers and horseradish aioli. Delicious!
The eatery's blackened shrimp, slaw, Creole aioli and roasted onions is good. All of these sandwiches come with homemade ranch chips.
Not full yet? Have a slice of their mega Rice Krispie treat. It's a bestseller.
Texas Meat Co. is courageous in trying to prepare unique barbecue in the heart of the grilled meat Mecca. We are so happy they did. #SeekThePig