There’s a tremendous, unfathomable difference between barbeque sauce and real-deal barbeque, period. Having been repulsed by the sticky sugar syrups laced with all manner of offending spices and artificial flavors, I had written off the entire genre for the better part of my young life. BBQ Revolution, a humble trailer based on Manor Road, is most definitely serving up the genuine article, and has changed the way I think about barbeque altogether.
Possessing intense smoke flavors completely unlike those found bottled and stored in your local mega-mart, each bite of protein is a transportive experience. You can taste the full depth of the fire, the kiss of the flames caressing the blend of mesquite and pecans responsible for the resulting rich nuances, infusing their essence into those toothsome meatless morsels. The whole campfire might as well be roaring right at the table, and I swear it’s even possible to taste the glow of the embers as the sauces linger and slowly burn down. Sweetness is the most subtle seasoning of all, applied as a careful finishing touch much like one might regard salt, to balance out those rich nuances built over so many hours of smoking.
Side dishes undeniably play second fiddle to these stellar attractions, as well they should, but that’s not to say that any are left wanting. Creamy, not gooey nor particularly saucy, the subtly peppered mac and cheese is another revelation. Soft noodles readily surrender themselves into the comforting melange. Potato salad is delivered in the form of a slightly chunky mash, bearing the light twang of vinegar. Attention has clearly been paid even to the lowly, pale slivers of white onion. Appearing for all the world to be merely sad bits of garnish, they are in fact fabulously crunchy accompaniments, surprisingly not the least bit sharp or harsh. They were almost overlooked and left behind in all my excitement- what a terrible mistake that would have been.
If there was just one opportunity to eat out in Austin, I would have to recommend that BBQ Revolution be the destination of choice. No one else, near or far, is creating vegan food of any similar sort. The only difficulty is getting there before the hungry hordes descend; it’s not uncommon to arrive well within their narrow window of open hours, only to find that dreaded “sold out” sign already plastered over the menu board. Come early and come often; your perseverance will be rewarded, because there’s no other way to get these essential Texan eats.
7 thoughts on “The Revolution Will Not Be Carnivorized”
We have a local bbq place that is not vegan but has the dreaded sold out sign. BBQ vegan style would be a hit here in Boulder Colorado. When bbq is done right it is amazing. I have a Traeger grill and can use different types of pellets for smoking for different flavors. I love it for veggies and tofu.
I’m so glad there are people doing BBQ right and proper. I reckon when people think about BBQ they automatically think of meat, so it’s good to prove that it doesn’t have to be. Now we’ve just got to get them to open up in London!
I would love this place! I’m sitting at my desk at work reading this and my mouth is watering. I will definitely be trying this place next time I go to Texas!
Oh my, I could totally go for real BBQ, from a pit with fire, smoke and all. Hope you’re enjoying your time in Austin, by the looks of that plate it sure looks like it. :-)
This place sounds great, wish I had time to visit while in Austin! There were so many vegan options I wanted to check out while in the area and not enough time!
Yes!! I freaking love BBQ Revolution, those soy curls are dreamy. I’d love to work out how they make them so delicious so that I could recreate them! Did you get a chance to try the bacon ranch potato salad? It was a super great accompaniment to the curls.
I attended an event at a yoga studio and BBQ Revolution catered. As a vegan, I’m accustom to attending events where I usually pass on food. I was so excited when I learned everything was vegan and I went back for seconds.. and maybe thirds…