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Joe’s Texas BBQ – A Little Slice of Hog Heaven!

Last week, a colleague and I drove up to Green Bay, WI for a business trip. I think that trip takes the cake for the furthest I’ve gone in Wisconsin since I moved to Milwaukee almost three years ago! Admittedly, I’m woefully bad at getting in the car and just driving to see all this state has to offer. It’s just so easy to stay downtown (walking distance) when you live in the heart of such a great city! However, I’m really glad we made the trip – not just for business, but also for the delicious lunch we had!

Now, it certainly would have been more fun if the trip were to see the Green Bay Packers play, but I did get to see Lambeau Field (that’s where the expo was being held).

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Once we finished the expo, rather than eat less-than-exciting catered food after the event, we decided to use Yelp! to find a local joint for lunch before making the two hour drive home. After a bit of back & forth, we settled on Joe’s Texas BBQ.

Please let it be known that having been educated in the south, I can be a bit particular about my barbecue. Okay, I can be a snob!

The minute we drove up to the small shack and walked in the door, we knew we were likely in for a real treat! The smell was heavenly! Like, stop in your tracks and just take in the aroma of barbecued meet and sauce!

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This is a no-frills place. A whiteboard menu hangs on a wall across from the door and items are erased when out of stock for the day .

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A pleasant woman stands behind the counter waiting to take your order and then checks with the chef to ensure your items are still available. Tables with mismatched chairs adorn the dining room, and a table full of silverware, napkins and various sauces sits in the corner.

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After perusing the menu and considering brisket versus pork, I decided I couldn’t pass up the pulled pork plate and the jalapeno cornbread!

Instantly, the lovely woman walked to the whiteboard and erased “pulled pork” – I had ordered the last of it! Thank goodness nobody had snuck in line in front of me!

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My road trip partner, Tyler, ordered the brisket and our other colleague, Mark (who met us in GB) tried the rib tips. Both thoroughly enjoyed their meals, although according to my colleague Mark, the tips were a bit of work to avoid the bone! He said that the flavor was worth it though!

From my perspective, the meat was so tender and tasty! I tried both the mild and spicy sauces, and neither disappointed. Although the jalapeno cornbread was dense, it was also full of flavor and delicious! I cleaned that huge plate of food! No problem.

It’s no wonder Joe’s Texas BBQ makes this claim:

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And they have several awards to back up that claim!

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If I ever find myself back in Green Bay, Joe’s Texas BBQ is a stop I’d gladly make. I know for certain I will leave with a full belly!

99 yummy posts on the blog, 99 yummy posts…

In case you missed the goofy reference, I was channeling “99 bottles of beer on the wall”.  I’m kind of excited to approach a couple of milestones: 100 posts on this blog, and 25,000 views.

I know, small potatoes for many bloggers, but this is my side project, and one with a fairly narrow scope – so, I’m not looking for thousands of views per post.  I’m quite happy with the wonderful people who take time to read about my experiences.  So, thank you!

Since I won’t be eating anything very interesting in the near-term – because I decided to endure my first full-body detox/cleanse, starting last week, and ending at the end of November (before Thanksgiving and my second trip to Clemson this season), I’ve asked folks if anyone would like to write a guest post for “She Ordered What?”‘s 100th post.

My friend, SweetPhi, offered up her talents.  She recently attended ChoppedCon in Kansas City, and I suspect she has a story or two to share about the experience(s).  😉

In the year or so since I met Phi, we’ve had some really fun and pretty cool experiences.  Also, her blog has TAKEN OFF!  She’s really spent a lot of time and effort growing SweetPhi to become a food blog that partners with some great companies, and reaches the masses. Kudos to you, girl!

Phi and I originally met through a small Facebook group she started to bring together Milwaukee food bloggers.  That’s probably one of the traits about Phi that immediately drew me to her.  We both reach out to people and we hang on to those we really enjoy.  We also support each other – whether it be in terms of daily life, special events, or on our blogs.  I appreciate Phi!

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That brings me to the latest fun event in our friendship.  On her blog, and through one of her awesome partnerships with Pig of the Month, Phi was planning an epic BBQ giveaway.  Of course, being a Southern educated woman, I HAD to comment!  I mean, BBQ is a “Southern thang”.

Fast-forward approximately three weeks, and I get this text: “Girl! Omg!!!!!!!!!!!!! You were randomly selected as the winner of the bbq giveaway!”

What?!?!

SCORE!!!!

Fast-forward another week or so, and I had a huge box marked “perishable” at my front door.

Folks, these were the contents of that beloved box!

Pig of the Month Prize Pack

Pig of the Month Prize Pack

Oh, dear gosh…can I tell y’all how extremely excited I was first to hear that I won this prize, and secondly, to SEE the prize?? My box *slightly* deviated from the description in the link above, but not much!  I received six racks of ribs (2x Memphis style, 2x BBQ ribs w/ sauce, 1x dry rub, and 1x Key West style), 2 lbs of pulled pork in BBQ sauce, 1lb of pulled chicken in sauce, and brisket! Holy pig!!!

Sadly, I had to pull these beautiful packages out from the dry ice-packed cooler that was sent to my door and put them directly into my freezer.  I kid you not…this incredible prize pack came on the first night I started aforementioned cleanse/detox.  But, rest assured, I plan to host a great party at which my friends and I will ENJOY this Pig of the Month package.  I’m confident that this will make for a wonderful meal (or two+).

So, many thanks to Phi, not only for her friendship, but also for the wonderful BBQ prize pack, and for offering to guest post the 100th post on “She Ordered What?”.  Please stay tuned for her post here, and check out her awesome blog – GREAT recipes and occasional giveaways that you don’t want to miss!

Cheers!

Ker

 

Tailgating Together: Welcome, Louisville. The ACC, and Clemson in particular, welcomes you!

While not a true “She Ordered What?” experience, I did have some terrific tailgate food on my trip to Clemson last weekend! But, let’s face it, I just want to take a little time to boast on my weekend in Clemson and show my pride for my Alma Mater!

For my first Clemson game of the season, my friends and I decided to join up for “family weekend” when the Louisville Cardinals visited Death Valley for the first time as ACC foes.

I want to commend the Cards fans for showing up in spades for the game.  There were a lot of red jerseys, shirts, etc, and a lot of Cardinals pride on campus last weekend.  We had some Cards fans in the lot in which we tailgated, and they were as lovely as Clemson fans are notoriously known to be!  Gracious and polite folks.

Speaking of gracious and polite, here is a photo of my friend and game weekend hostess, Cindy.

Pink Twins!

Pink Twins!

 

I took this shot on Friday night at my friends’ Cindy and Alan’s house.  We were preparing some of the fixin’s for the next day.

 

BBQ and bourbon!  It's how tailgating is done in the south.

BBQ and bourbon! It’s how tailgating is done in the south.

 

I had offered up over Twitter to cook while Cindy led her “Gypsy Life” (commuting between Hilton Head (the job) and Spartanburg (the house and hubby)) and Alan recovered from preparing a home to sell.  Our friend Dennis offered to pick up steaks to grill – and, a plan was hatched!  Until, I bailed on my end.  (sort of)

After Alan graciously picked me up at the airport, he and I stopped at the market on the way back to the house. I bought some pre-made salad (weak!), green beans (which we forgot to make!), Golden Delicious apples for my “favorite snack recipe“, baked potatoes, and a couple of other treats for the weekend (hello – jalapeno artichoke dip!!!).

Dennis had already arrived at the house by the time Alan and I were heading back.  When we got back, it was quickly decided that more booze just might be required – namely bourbon. Dennis is a bourbon aficionado (aka: polite snob), so I was happy to send the men to the liquor store while I took a nap!  And, they did well!  Woodford Reserve found its way back to the counter.

Our steak dinner on Friday night was fantastic!  I was so wrapped up in enjoying time with my friends that I didn’t take any pictures – but, trust me, it was delicious!

And, on Saturday, we had a great time, beginning at ~8AM (may or may not have been a bit later than planned (read: was later than planned, but I will not publicly disclose why)).  Our tailgate spot consisted of a tent, some chairs, a couple of tables, loads of food, and one really relaxed “Southern Gent”…

Alan is looking quite relaxed!

Alan is looking quite relaxed!

As evidenced above, Cindy had ensured we had Southern style pulled pork, brisket and Calabash chicken, which we shared with our tailgate neighbors.  SO GOOD!!  We also had a plethora of side dishes and snacks (again, I was remiss in taking photographs).

Then, came game time… My favorite college roommate, Bill, came by our tailgate area and offered up tickets to the West End Zone Club (catered suites with a private bar (which, after that game, I OWE HIM!!)).

 

This gives a perspective as to our vantage point during the game.

This gives a perspective as to our vantage point during the game.

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West Zone Club

 

In response to comments from Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, Clemson fans were “#ClemsonLOUD” from start to finish.  The atmosphere was incredible, as Clemson always is!

Pregame festivities.

Pregame festivities.

Though there were certainly some negatives to the day (losing our QB1 for several weeks, botched plays, etc), the positives far outweighed those negatives, and ultimately, the Tigers pulled off the win!  And, I would find myself without a voice for two days following that game!

Fans headed for the Gathering at the Paw - a Clemson post-game ritual.

Fans headed for the Gathering at the Paw – a Clemson post-game ritual.

Win or lose, Clemson fans have a tradition of “Gathering at the Paw” to sing the Alma Mater and show our Clemson pride!

Another wonderful weekend of fun, friends, and football in the books!  And, to those friends with whom I wasn’t able to meet up, hopefully in November!

Cheers!

Ker

“Powered by Bacon” – Bacon Bros. Public House, Greenville, SC

It’s taken me a week to write this post, and it’s a shame, because this meal was one of the most wonderful surprises I’ve had in a long time! I was back in South Carolina to visit with friends and to see my Clemson Tigers win their sixth game of the season, and we decided to grab lunch in Greenville after I landed at GSP! It was my choice – uh oh! So, I turned directly to the Yelp! app on my iPhone.

I scrolled through the list a bit, and one name stuck out to me – Bacon Bros. Public House. I’m not going to lie…it stuck out because so many of my friends, and in particular the guys I was to be meeting up with the next day, are bacon fanatics! (hashtag #BACON)

I knew that the restaurant’s name alone would inflict a little pang of jealousy! Aside from that, this fairly new establishment averaged 4.5 stars and had some very positive reviews. My friend Cindy, who was my hostess, taxi driver, and friend extraordinaire, was all in for Bacon Bros., so we headed in that direction. We were meeting up with our friend Greg for lunch on Friday since we weren’t sure if we’d be able to meet up at our tailgate the next day (Greg is a reporter for Clemson and has a pesky job that gets in the way of tailgate fun). 😉

We found Bacon Bros. Public House in a small strip mall. We would soon discover that this is a hidden gem on Pelham Road!

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We waited for a few minutes for an outside table, and for Greg to arrive. As we waited, I was able to check out a bit of the restaurant’s atmosphere. The meat locker immediately caught my eye.

Bacon Bros Meat Locker

Bacon Bros Meat Locker

It was nice to be able to see the (locally sourced!) pork, beef, etc that would be served up. Not that I’m generally suspicious of restaurants, but transparency like that really inspires confidence in my mind.

I’d also like to give shout-out to the beautiful sink in the ladies’ room. I didn’t take a picture, but it was a very nice sink/faucet.

When we sat down, we were warmly greeted by a gentleman who poured us water. His voice was so calm and sweet that I found myself (somewhat jokingly) asking him to sit down and join us! He politely declined, since he was at work, but he clearly had a good sense of humor about it.

We were then greeted by yet another gentleman (hey, this is the south, y’all!) who “threatened” to sit down and join Cindy and me if Greg didn’t show up soon. Greg did show up just moments later.

In the meantime, at my request, a third gentleman, in the form of our server, Tanner, chose a red beer for me. From start to finish, Tanner proved to be a really engaging and attentive server. He added to the overall experience in a very positive way.

Boont Amber Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Co)

Boont Amber Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Co)

He then chose my lunch. Tanner was very cool about the whole process – not a single flinch. It was clear that he and the other gentlemen that work at Bacon Bros. not only know the menu well, but are confident in the food that’s being served.

Tanner chose what he called the sandwich that “is becoming our signature sandwich” – the B.E.T., with a side of Farro Verde.

The B.E.T. and Farro Verde

The B.E.T. and Farro Verde

Y’all, this sandwich…maybe it should be called the O.M.G. instead of the B.E.T.! The sandwich consisted of pork belly pastrami, Swiss cheese, fried duck egg, green peppercorn mayo, arugula, and yellow tomato. A fantastic combination – and expertly prepared! Note: the sandwich can get a little messy due to the runny egg yolk, but it’s worth a little finger licking to clean up!

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A close up of the B.E.T. and Farro Verde

The side is definitely not one I would have picked out on my own since it’s centered around boiled peanuts – a snack I never really developed a taste for when I lived in SC. I’m here to tell you that when boiled peanuts are mixed with field peas, tomatoes, and hominy, they are DELICIOUS!

Cindy and Greg were more than happy with their respective choices as well. Cindy chose a burger and onion rings (perfectly battered), and Greg chose the Pulled Pork Shoulder (served with waffles that have country ham in the batter!).

And, I couldn’t resist taking a piece (or two – Bacon Bros. recently increased their dessert portions – the one thing about this restaurant that I would change – revert back to smaller servings of sweets) of Orange Dreamsicle pound cake home.

Orange Dreamsicle Pound Cake (top), burger (left), Pulled Pork Shoulder (right)

Orange Dreamsicle Pound Cake (top), burger (left), Pulled Pork Shoulder (right)

I didn’t end up eating the pound cake until Sunday, and by then it was more dry than I would have liked. However, the flavor was very good – not too overwhelming with the citrus, but light and tasty.

So, in addition to being amongst great company, Bacon Bros. Public House offered fantastic service, a unique and comfortable atmosphere, and spectacular Southern style food. We all agreed that it’s a place to go back and visit.

Note to self: next time, I’m going to get one of those “Powered By Bacon” t-shirts! I should have picked one up last weekend.

And, through Twitter, I learned that my colleagues in the Greenville area had also recently discovered Bacon Bros. and frequently visit for lunch. They had been holding out on me!!!

Because this trip was planned around meeting up with good friends to see my Clemson Tigers play, here are a couple of pictures from campus.

L-R, CC: The guns!, beer and egg rolls, Shorter Porter (Frankly Good Beer Co), and my college roommate, Bill and me.

L-R, CC: The guns!, beer and egg rolls, Shorter Porter (Frankly Good Beer Co), and my college roommate, Bill and me.

It was a wonderful weekend – as time in South Carolina always is! If you’re in the Greenville area, I highly suggest finding time to make it to Bacon Bros. Public House. Have you been? What was your favorite Southern style dish?

Cheers!

Ker

Football, food, and fun! Greenville-Spartanburg, and Clemson, SC

I’m a bit late writing this post.  Work has been really busy, and  I haven’t had time to sit down, reflect, and enjoy my latest weekend in Clemson – until now – just moments before Clemson football takes on Duke in an attempt to advance to 8-1 and remain a top-15 BCS team.

As has become an annual tradition, I meet friends in Greenville / Clemson, SC for the best tailgate in the South! People who know me well, know that Greenville is the city I would most like to live in – it’s my dream location!  I love where it sits geographically, the way it’s been growing over the past several years, the climate, the people, and of course, its proximity to Clemson!

My friends Cindy, Alan, and Kesley are kind enough to host me each year.  They are the best hosts a gal could want!  And, they live in Spartanburg, providing another set of opportunities for local fun.  So, after they picked me up from the airport, rather than hitting RJ Rockers for the weekly Thursday tasting (it was closing w/in minutes), we went and had Thai for dinner.  Kesley thought I’d be crazy to turn my order over to our server, and I really wasn’t sure I wanted to either, but when I perused the menu, I decided that there was far too much to choose from and I surrendered.

Not my best choice.  The food was fine, but definitely “safe” and not terribly flavorful.  I had been served “Pud Puck” (aka: veggie stir fry). The better option of the evening was to steal a few spoonfuls of Alan’s yellow curry and spice up the meal!  The curry had great flavor – I’d have potentially gotten myself in a rut with it – it was so yummy! Thanks, Alan!

Alan and I also each tried the Thai wine – mostly because were curious to learn what Thai wine would taste like.  He had the red, and I had the white.  Both were fine, but rather nondescript.  We decided that it must be that the wine is a bit bland so as not to compete with the generally full-flavored entrees on Thai menus. A theory that made sense to each of us!

And, as per tradition, Cindy caught me double-fisted again.  🙂 It’s just a joke that started a few years ago, and we have made a point to catch a shot like this every time we get together.

A snapshot of dinner.  Perhaps this meal was good practice for my vacation in a couple of weeks.  I’m told that Thailand may be on our agenda, though I’m not sure how Steve thinks we’ll fit that in!

Doesn’t it always seem that vacations center around food?  Mine always do!  After a certain hostess (not the one who was in school already!) woke up  Friday morning – somewhere around 11:30AM, we ventured out to grab lunch and run some necessary pre-tailgate errands.  We decided that a local “dive” sounded like the best choice.  We also knew we’d be fighting lunchtime crowds.

We ended up at NuWay Lounge and Restaurant, aka: Home of the Best Burger in SC, per The Food Network. (Note that they also proudly display that they sell “PBR” here).  Our “neighbors” at the table next to were a priest and a nun.  This local joint is “that” kind of place – folks from all walks of life dine here.

We started with an appetizer that Cindy and Alan had shared with our good friend DT the weekend prior.  I believe it had a different name, but we enjoyed “Redneck Poppers”.  Deep-fried Pimento cheese with a really tasty breading…’nuff said!

Now, please note “The Redneck Cheeseburger” is the name of the aforementioned infamous burger.  I couldn’t NOT give it a try.

Our waitress, a no-nonsense chick, asked me if I wanted it “all the way” and then rattled off a list of toppings including: ketchup, mustard, mayo (light, per my request), chili, and tomato/lettuce (as healthy options, lol!).  If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do this right.  “ALL THE WAY”. So, in addition to those toppings, this burger had Pimento cheese and was served with delightfully seasoned onion rings (seriously, very good!).

Now, I couldn’t finish all of the onion rings, though they were really tasty, but I polished off that burger! That meant that I wasn’t very hungry when our friends met us out for dinner. (that’s Jason with Cindy and me, below)

In fact, I think I had two Buffalo Chicken wings and then surrendered the rest to my dear friend Anthony.  He’s happy when he’s well-fed!  He’s the handsome bald man below (he’ll tell  you just how handsome he is!).

The night was great fun, as always! We missed a few friends who were not able to make it due to other important obligations, yet we had fun with those who were able to make it.  That includes the lone Virginia Tech Hokie alum, Brian, who was a great sport and a really fun guy.

Rachel (above): I LOVE this woman! She was (rightfully?) suspect of me at first, because her husband and I were friends before she and I met.  She now knows that I love them both (innocently, and) dearly, and especially as a fantastically-matched couple! And, she set up a MEAN Bloody Mary Bar (her first BM had a Pimento Cheese stick included, along with olives, peppers, celery, etc.)

Can you spot the Pimento cheese?

Every year, we get to catch up with our favorite “beat writer” Greg, and his coworker, Brandon.  They are sweet enough to take time to stop by our tailgate (and, will meet us out the evening prior to a game, schedule permitting).  This year, Cindy had the pleasure of giving Greg a football with his profile pic, and “announcing” him as the Anderson Independent Mail’s Clemson dude (better known now through OrangeAndWhite.com).

And, of course, I have to give a shout-out to my personal contribution to the tailgate fare, since this a blog centered around food.

Buffalo chicken pasta salad. Thanks to Pinterest for the recipe.  Unanimous verdict (at least as I heard it) was two big thumbs up! I personally think it was a nice complement to Jason’s famous BBQ pork butt, and Anthony’s infamous BBQ sauce. Two staples of our annual tailgates!

Fast-forward a bit, and Clemson was able to beat Virginia Tech at home (one of the most intimidating places for a team to play)  – score: 38-17.  We were all happy – with the exception of the aforementioned newbie, Brian.

He took the teasing in stride (that’s him on the far right).  Brian, you rock (but not at Corn hole, FTR!).   😉

And, a few final pics…

A flavor for what “Solid Orange” really looks like.

The ladies who made this day happen!  I need not mention that we’re a fantastic bunch, but I will!  🙂

Equally awesome is this group of men who cooked, served as can-openers, and most importantly, served as “tailgate engineers”.

On Sunday, prior to heading back to the chilly Michigan fall, we met up with Anthony and his kids (aka: hardheadz) for lunch.  Always fun to see those knuckleheads!

All in all, a great weekend – as always!

Cheers!  And, now…on to the mission to lose the pounds I packed on that wknd!

Ker

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