Today is a blustery, chilly, cloudy and windy day. Just like the weather was last Wednesday when I made a beeline out the Delores Hwy to check out the new BBQ joint.
Don Day had written about it the previous week but by the time I read the article on his blog (which is the string of blogs down the right side of Babsblog), the place was not open. It IS open Wednesday through Saturday however. I was taking no chances and headed out the first day that I could get there
to taste brisket, ribs and good sides.
When I say it was blustery and chilly, I am understating it. By the time I left, it was raining! That's okay as I had requested an order of ribs to take home for my family. Therefore there was a chance later to savor one or two with sides made at home.
Luckily in the comments on Don Day's blog, a reader had said that it was hard to turn immediately in front of the food truck as there was a deep lip to the road and to go down to La Burger, the next door neighbor to Smoked n Low BBQ, and turn left there and then drive on the shoulder to Smoked n Low.
of many picnic tables just waiting for customers but the gosh darnedest big smoker that I've seen in a long time. Woo hoo, this was going to be good.
The last time I had had good BBQ in San Miguel was when Longhorn on Ancha de San Antonio was open. It was a great place to hang out, have a great brisket sandwich with potato salad and beans and chat with friends. There was always someone there that I knew.
For one, it was Keith Thompson, who I had met when he first landed in SMA and had a hotel and restaurant. We had/have mutual friends in Houston where he came from, me too. He ended his hotel and restaurant days and started over with a little place in a parking lot that eventually morphed into a brick and mortar place called Longhorn. All of us Texans and others were happy to have a casual place to drop into for every day good food.
It has been a loss that many talk about to this day, when Longhorn no longer was serving the BBQ
of Keith's touch.
Well, guess what? Diego Bautista is the owner and entrepreneur of Smoked n Low BBQ but Keith was sitting at one of the tables. He told me he counsels and suggests things to Diego about what expats want in their BBQ. It's a match made in heaven.
The tricked out Food Truck is quite a piece of work as you can see in the photo above of Diego. What a nice young man who seems to love what he is doing. He has grand plans. He also is offering catering and special event catering. We chatted for quite a while.
Sorry, but the sides left a lot to be desired. Hopefully, hopefully, they will add potato salad and beans to their sides. Others have agreed. Not enough choice in the sides.
But, it is a relatively new operation and there is always a learning curve. Having designed and built restaurants (well over 100 of them) in the twenty years that I had my firm, I know that you can never judge a food service operation by one visit, especially when they have not been opened for long.
I'm looking forward to going back out in a few weeks when the weatherman says it will be a warm, sunny day to eat outside, and I'll check it all out again............
In the meantime, here is some info you might want to have. Telephone 442 247-2489. They are on Facebook at smokednlow and they even have a website. www.smokednlow.com. They are at KM 7.4 on the way to Delores.
See ya'll out there SOON!