Big Flavors from the Big State
Belton (Central), Texas
MAPPING THE DAY
Everything in Texas is big. It sounds trite, but the people of Texas, probably inspired by the landscape, have a tendency to do things in big ways. I landed at the Austin airport for a business trip in Belton, Texas, a town located about 65 miles north of Austin.
There are many intriguing places to explore along the I-35 corridor on the way to Belton. I particularly enjoyed Saledo with it’s compact downtown full of antique stores, restaurants and hotels. Be sure to pick up some beef jerky at Robertson’s to keep you going.
My business lunch in Belton that day was a visit to Schoepf’s BBQ. You can smell the enticing pit bbq smoke before you even get out of your car. There is nothing fancy about this place. You walk past the smoking pit area, where stacks of mesquite logs surround the pit.
Once inside, you select your meat right off the serving pit filled with mesquite coals. A carnivore’s heaven, perfectly smoked brisket, pork ribs, several kinds of sausage, pork chops and chicken are all ready for the picking. It was difficult to choose, but I opted for a couple pork ribs, a sausage and chicken.
After leaving the pit area, you continue inside to select freshly made side salads, sauce and breads. It is a cafeteria on steroids. Nothing like I have ever seen, but then again it’s in Texas where they think big!
VIEW FROM THE TABLE
Once you pay for your meal, you pick a place at communal wood picnic tables. Wood paneled walls are adorned with hunting trophies, local memorabilia and photos of the area. It’s all about the Central Texas lifestyle and prized Texas bbq.
BIG FLAVOR ROASTED CHICKENRECIPE