Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

This edition of Exciting about Eating takes us across the big pond to Cork, Ireland, and to Holy Smoke BBQ. After being on a cruise ship for 14 days, I needed my BBQ fix, so naturally we visited a BBQ joint the first night off the ship. This gem of a restaurant with a modern, industrial feel is tucked away from the main street and offers a variety of meat like you would find in the US.

Modern, industrial vibe

Modern, industrial vibe

For our dinner, we chose to share the BBQ Blow Out, a tray of Brisket Burnt Ends, Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Chicken, Pulled Pork and sides of cornbread, cob wheels (corn on the corn), slaw, beans, and fries. As a Kansas City BBQ judge, I have had the opportunity to taste all kinds of BBQ cooked many different ways, and this restaurant didn’t disappoint. The star of this feast was the brisket. Cooked perfectly, smoky, tender, and some of the best brisket I have ever had. The rest of the meats were great, too. Moist chicken, “fall off the bone” ribs, and flavorable pork. The sides were equally good with the cob wheels being my favorite.

BBQ Blow Out Tray, more than enough food for two!

BBQ Blow Out Tray, more than enough food for two!

Dora here. What a treat to try BBQ in a different country! We were amazed to find this place just up the street from our hotel, tucked midway along a narrow alley. 

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Located on a narrow alley

The Blow Out tray provided more than enough food for both of us with some left over. The chicken won me over, and the pork came in a close second. What surprised me was the amount of sauce on the meats. I liked the sweet, not-so-vinegary sauce, but would’ve preferred to dip my meat, rather than swimming in it. I ate every bite of that tangy apple slaw, and, thankfully, Ernie didn’t ask me to share. 🙂 

How do you like your sauce? Vinegary, Mustardy, or Sweet? Heavy or light or none?

We rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

 

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to the great state of Texas and to The County Line in San Antonio. Located on the beautiful River Walk in downtown, this BBQ joint serves up all of your Texas BBQ favorites. With a huge outdoor seating area on the water and an old charm, eccentric interior, this place has something for everyone.

The County Line Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Huge outdoor seating area on the water

The County Line Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Old charm eccentric interior

A check-in on Yelp offered a free appetizer, the cook’s surprise. Tonight’s “surprise” was sausage. Yay! At first we thought the BBQ sauce had the kick, but the links themselves were spicy. Not a forehead slicker, but a nice burn all the way down. 

The County Line Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

A Free “Cook’s Surprise” Appetizer for checking-in on Yelp

For my dinner, I chose the Two Beef Rib Platter with corn on the cob and fries. The ribs were huge and full of meat, cooked tender but not over cooked or fall off the bone. The fries were crispy and the corn was a bit soft.

The County Line Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Two Beef Rib Platter – Huge!

Dora here. The Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs packed a sweet tang, not real meaty but there were plenty of them. Not an ounce of fat, which made me happy. (No worries, honey, yours are still better. 🙂 ) The smashed potatoes were a bit heavy handed on the garlic, and the slaw was definitely a different take with chunks of carrots.

The County Line Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs-not real meaty, but plenty of them!

Thankfully, our dinner guest put up with all our plate picking and swapping and camera clicking with a good-natured smile.

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Service was quick and friendly, and this is restaurant is a guaranteed stop every time we visit the River Walk.

When traveling, do you prefer to try new restaurants or do you stick with chains?

We rate the restaurant 4 forks out of 5 for a family restaurant serving great food.

The County Line BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to Charlotte and to a BBQ joint whose team has competed and won on the BBQ trail. Mac’s Speed Shop offers a wide range of food including wings, salads, mexicue, and, of course, BBQ.

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers Mac's Speed Shop

Dora here. Anyone else curious as to how they came up with that name? Just wondering. lol. We were among the few to brave high 90 degree temps to enjoy their spacious outdoor patio, which really was quite nice. Most everyone opted for a/c and chose to eat inside. 🙂 Even so, service was fast and efficient, and the server helpful with suggestions.

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers Mac's Speed Shop

We were among the few to brave high 90 temperatures, but even so, the patio was quite nice.

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers Mac's Speed Shop

Spacious interior

The Onion Rings Basket appetizer came with a spicy horseradish dipping sauce. These rings were great–dredged in what appeared to be corn meal?– crunchy on the outside and tender enough to bite through. The dipping sauce complimented nicely, although a bit spicy. Dora here. A bit spicy? That cayenne and horseradish kicked big time, but soooo good! Yowza! Make sure you ask for extra napkins to wipe your forehead. Fair warning.

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers Mac's Speed Shop

Onion Rings…that dipping sauce kicks big time! But soooo good!

For our meal, we chose to share the Little Bit of Stuff, a combo platter which included our choice of St. Louis ribs, Texas beef sausage, beef brisket, and smoked turkey with sides of mac n cheese and cream corn.

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers Mac's Speed Shop

Little Bit of Stuff…really? Even sharing, we still brought home leftovers. YUM!

The ribs were great, competition grade, smoky, and cooked perfectly, moist and not fatty. The sausage was equally good, not spicy at all, but with a hardy beef flavor.

Dora here. Wow, I’m glad we ordered the little platter. Even sharing, we still brought home leftovers. For some reason, I expected the turkey to be sliced, so I was surprised when it came out pulled. A tad dry for my liking, probably because I can’t help but compare it to my favorite holiday meal, fried turkey. Still, it was tender and will make awesome sandwiches later. The brisket was chewy with just a hint of sweet at the end. Yum! This was some of my favorite BBQ besides hubby’s. They score big points for great sides, too. The mac n cheese was firm, not moist like some cheesy pastas, just the way I like it, and those kernels of corn snapped with freshness. Mac’s Speed Shop definitely gets added to our “must go back” list. Maybe then we’ll find out how they got their name. lol. 

What’s the most unusual name for one of your favorite restaurants?

We would rate the restaurant 5 forks out of 5 for a family-friendly restaurant serving outstanding food.
Mac's Speed Shop BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato