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Daphne’s Moe’s Original BBQ will Slap You Silly with Flavor

20 Feb

 I am a bit of a BBQ snob. I have consumed a good bit of smoked piggy meat in my time. Some really good, most of it just OK, a lot of it pretty gross. So like a Hollywood hunk who has had his pick of the starlets, I am not easily excited or impressed when it comes to trying out a new Q joint. This leads me to my first encounter with Moe’s Original BBQ …  

Moe’s BBQ has a total of 9 locations. Three of them are in Colorado, the balance in Alabama. I know, it sounds a bit odd. Not sure how it shook out that way. I guess that’s potential fodder for a future blog. Anyhoo, my first taste of Moe’s did not occur at any of their 9 locations. It happened inside a hospitality tent at the Under Armour Senior Bowl football game in Mobile. I must say it was good — I mean really good. So much so that I made a mental note to make a visit to their Daphne, AL location at my earliest convenience.

The rustic menu board is just my style — & the variety ain’t bad either!

Folksy artwork (above) inside Moe’s dining area. Elvis and JB — nice!

This (above) is where all the magic begins. I ordered the pulled pork platter, which comes with the diner’s choice of 2 sides and a heaping hunk of cornbread. Side decisions are not easy — they offer quite an impressive number of choices. I recalled from my Senior Bowl experience that the slaw was terrific, so that call was easy. I’m always a sucker for sweet potato casserole, so that was selection #2. Felt pretty doggone confident about my decisions.

My platter of porky goodness is pictured above in glorious, living color. It was all soooo good — every last bit of it. The pork was lean and smoky, while the sauce was warm (as in temperature) and tangy. The total package reminded a great deal of King’s BBQ in Petersburg, VA (a longtime Saunders’ family favorite). If you know me, you know that this is high praise indeed!

The chunky cornbread had a nice char on the exterior … I’m guessing they warm it up a bit on the grill before serving. The sublime marinated slaw was vinegar-based with a hint of celery seed and sugar. It also was laced with chopped green pepper and red onion. Wonderful! The sweet potato casserole was also slammin’, thanks to a crispy, cinnamon/sugar cereal flake topping and a pleasing texture (not too baby food smooth) that was reminiscent of homemade.

Moe’s pulled pork & slaw are superb — the best we’ve had in Baldwin County.

You can dine in or dine out (patio pictured above), but just dine here already!

I love the 3 Stooges and I never thought there’d be another Moe in my life.

Guess I was wrong, huh?

www.moesoriginalbbq.com

Bud Royer’s Pies are the Best!

30 Dec

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Bud Royer is the man — and his pies are pretty darn special too!

Whether you’re a fan of buttermilk pie, chocolate chip pie, or traditional pecan pie, Royer’s Round Top Cafe has got you covered. Royer’s is a great place — located between Houston and Austin in one of the more quaint little towns in the Lone Star State. Round Top, TX boasts lots of history and some terrific eats — thanks to Bud Royer and his folks at Royer’s.  

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The above image is a shot of their wonderful pecan pie — which tastes even better with a heaping scoop of Amy’s Ice Cream (www.amysicecreams.com) on top. Unlike most pecan pies on the market, this baby is not a gummy, flavorless mess. The pecans are big and fresh and the filling is loaded with flavor.

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The buttermilk pies are also incredible. And listen, you don’t have to like drinking buttermilk to enjoy this legendary Royer’s creation. It is very reminiscent of my Granny Justice’s Chess Pie … maybe just a wee bit creamier. Man, is it good! Their kicked up Buttermilk Delight Pie (seen above) incorporates coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips. Serve it up warm and you will be blown away. I am also quite partial to their Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. I had a slab during our last visit and I was extremely impressed. Whole pies are priced at just $16.95 and they ship pretty much everywhere in the free world.

But please don’t just get dessert at Royer’s. Bud makes a great Grilled Shrimp BLT and the steaks at the Round Top Cafe are tender, juicy and delicious. Don’t be fooled, Royer’s may appear like a traditional Texas roadhouse, but the food here is gourmet quality and served up with a tremendous amount of TLC. These fine folks love what they do and it shines through in a big way.

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Check out “Bud The Pieman” today at  WWW.ROYERSROUNDTOPCAFE.COM 

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE

Yield: 12 servings

1 canned sweet potatoes, 60 oz. can

1 ½ sticks butter, melted

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Empty sweet potatoes into a bowl.

Add remaining ingredients.

Beat until smooth.

Pour into a 9×13-inch casserole.

Topping

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 stick butter, melted

1 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons flour

Mix all topping ingredients together and spread over the sweet potatoes. Bake at 300 degrees until the topping is brown.