BARBECUE ROUNDUP….It’s not quite as hot in Austin as I expected, but still plenty hot. On the bright side, at least I don’t work at Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, where, they told us, “we go outside when we want to cool down.”

There were five of us on today’s barbecue pilgrimage, including Blue Girl, who finally escaped Amtrak hell and made it to Austin at three in the morning, and Joe Garcia, who’s trying to unseat Mario Diaz-Balart in Florida’s 25th congressional district. If Joe’s ability to pound down Texas barbecue is any indication, he should be a landslide winner in November.

My verdict on Smitty’s: great brisket, pretty good ribs, so-so pork chops, didn’t try the sausage. On Saturday we’ll try crosstown/cross-family rival Kreutz Market and see how they stack up.

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