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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!

Spreading WI Love Giveaway!

My friend and fellow Milwaukee-based blogger, Phi of the blog SweetPhi, has invited me to participate in my first “blog hop giveaway”, and I’m really excited to be a part of this clever concept!

Essentially, you will have opportunities to win fabulous prizes – not only on my blog, but on other participating blogs as well! See the list below.

Since February is often thought of as the “month of love”, or at least associated with Valentine’s day, and the local MKE blogger network is “spreading the love”, for my first giveaway, I’m going to send one lucky winner a fun and functional heart-shaped piece of Wisconsin bake ware pottery from Rowe Pottery Works, based in Cambridge, WI. It’s always a nice feeling to support local businesses. Rowe Pottery Works is located just about an hour west of me.

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You can bake your loved one(s) a heart-shaped dessert, or use the adorable dish to serve appetizers, dips, and other snacks. If you’re like me, you never really have enough good serving dishes. In my opinion, this one seems perfect to use at an intimate gathering. It will also show well just being placed on a shelf or used as an everyday candy dish.

Speaking of candy, I’ve also included a bar of Milk Chocolate Sea Salt by Indulgence Chocolatiers, based right here in Milwaukee.

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And, since wine and chocolate go hand in hand (and I can’t legally ship wine), I’ve included the wine stopper pictured above. It’s silver and red and the message reads “Charming, Seductive, & Pleasing”. Perfect for that bottle of wine you can’t finish in one evening!

As a bonus… I’m also going to include a tried and true secret family recipe with this dish! This is a “dessert” that is great as a an after-meal dessert, as well as a morning coffee cake. And, shhhh, it’s not a difficult recipe!

You may enter below by tweeting about the giveaway, liking and leaving a comment on the “She Ordered What?” page on Facebook, following me on Twitter, or by leaving a comment about why you’d love to win these prizes below.

The giveaway contest will end at 11:59PM on February 9th and the winner will be randomly chosen on February 10th. I will notify the winner on February 10th.

I encourage you to visit other participating blogs to discover fantastic recipes and enter their giveaways!

Check out:

Sweet Phi for a chance to win a WI shaped cutting board, a box of chocolates and a $10 Starbuck’s gift card.

Karis’ Kitchen is giving away two “Sweet Treats” boxes filled with an Indulgence Chocolatiers bar, candied pecans from Treat Bake Shop, and a jar of caramel sauce (plus caramels) from Becky’s Blissful Bakery.

The Frosted Vegan is offering up a chocolate bar from Indulgence Chocolatiers, a jar of smoked paprika from Penzey’s Spices, and a bag of Collective Coffee Blue Heeler blend.

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Cheers!
Ker

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