5 SA places for beast BBQ mac n cheese sammies – San Antonio Express
February 14, 2018 - bbq set
In 2013, pitmaster Nathaniel Nelson had his Nelson’s BBQ operation set adult outward a Red Square Bar on Bandera Road when a pointless enthusiast motionless to get artistic after a few adult beverages. Instead of grouping a customary brisket sandwich on a menu, he asked if Nelson could tip it with a assisting of a slimey baked mac and cheese for a entirely installed sandwich experience.
“I was a small taken aback by a request. But afterwards we was like, all right, let’s do it,” Nelson said.
That was a entrance of what is now dubbed The Nasty Nate, a signature $9 sandwich ($1.50 some-more with bacon) that has warranted a clinging following and is a concentration of an arriving part of “Eat, Sleep, BBQ” on a Food Network.
“It has taken off in ways that we could never expect,” Nelson said. “And it’s a double-edged sword, given we can pull out grill plates in a blur, though when it comes time to do a sandwich, it slows down a upsurge to do it adult right.”
Nelson’s public process, and a fact that everybody justly springs for a house-made pig swell bacon that’s sizzled uninformed on a flattop, are a reason why.
Two thick slices of Texas toast are slathered with butter and grilled alongside a bacon. Nelson afterwards stacks adult to a half bruise of brisket that’s flattering superb on a own, and tops it off with a block of mac and cheese (his mother Rachel’s family recipe) that’s large adequate to double as a cut of lasagna.
Nelson, who maintains a full-time pursuit outward of barbecue, frequently parks his lorry during 7327 N. Loop 1604 on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until sole out. He’s now looking for a new plcae that has some-more parking available.
After opening for Saturday use a few weeks, some-more than 20 boxes of barbecue, including about a half-dozen “Nasty Nates,” exited a window within a initial 30 minutes.
“Right now, I’m right where we wish to be,” Nelson said.
Nelson isn’t a usually internal to learn a juicy multiple of meat, mac and bun. Other grill and burger joints are charity a sandwiches in several form to a pleasure of business who trust some-more is more. Here are 4 others and where to find them:
The Burnt End Melt ($8)
This Dignowity Meats favorite is one of a primary reasons because congregation tend to lizard around a outward grouping window during lunch service.
A healthy sip of smoked brisket burnt ends is surfaced with a true cheddar mac and some-more shredded cheese with housemade pickles and a skinny cut of pear. It’s all pulpy and pulpy into a ciabatta bun and grilled on high heat. And it can be rubbed though creation too many of a mess.
“It substantially sells during slightest 5 times improved than any other sandwich on a menu,” owners Andrew Samia pronounced of a sandwich. “We can run out of certain menu equipment and business will understand, though that isn’t one of them.”
Dignowity Meats, 1701 E. Houston St., 210-462-1496. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch), 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (dinner) Mondays by Fridays. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, sealed Sundays. Facebook: @DignowityMeats
Mac Cheese Burger ($10)
Chef Dominic Chacon is one of San Antonio’s mobile food pioneers, opening his Toastie Buns lorry in 2011 in a aged “Boardwalk on Bulverde” food park. His signature has always been to take pointless combinations of protein, vegetables, cheeses and whatever else and sandwich them between his homemade buns and give a outcome a crazy name.
When Chacon staid into his new weekend space during Ranger Creek Brewing Distilling (4834 Whirlwind Drive), he married his half-pound burger patties to a healthy sip of bacon mac and cheese, and a sandwiches have been drifting out a doorway ever since.
“As distant as impulse goes, we usually unequivocally adore mac and cheese,” Chacon said. “It has been a large hit, and sells out so quickly, we’ve been perplexing to figure out a resolution to keep adult with demand.”
Toastie Buns, 210-639-6234. Hours vary, though typically parked during Ranger Creek Brewery and Distilling (4834 Whirlwind Drive) on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Facebook: @toastiebuns
The Mac Daddy ($11)
The Smoke Shack (3714 Broadway) is not a form of investiture where a enthusiast walks divided hungry. Owner Chris Conger debuted a Big Dog, a 6-inch hoagie bun installed with a couple of sausage, brisket, pulled pork, grill salsa and vinegar slaw a few years ago and it was hit. But he started removing final to barter a slaw with a housemade Southern-style mac and cheese, and this thought birthed The Mac Daddy.
“We figured, let’s go forward and try it out,” Conger said. “That’s mostly how things develop in this business. If your business wish something, give it to them.”
The sandwich isn’t listed on a menu, though it’s frequency a secret. Tell a assistant that we wish “that macaroni sandwich,” and it’s ideally understood.
The Mac Daddy is served open faced and it’s a sight installed with during slightest a half-pound of chopped brisket and a full drain of slimey mac that fills many of a portion tray. It’s adequate for during slightest dual meals.
Got a throng to feed? The Smoke Shake sells a 2-foot-long chronicle for $40 that Conger pronounced is adequate to feed 6 people.
The Smoke Shack, 3714 Broadway, 210-957-1430. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays by Saturdays, sealed Sundays. Facebook: @congerssmokeshack
The Mac Attack ($7.50)
One of 3 signature sandwiches served during Rusty Bucket BBQ (600 Cupples Road), this one comes with about a half-pound of brisket and a inexhaustible dip of a tawny residence mac.
The staff reports that about 20 to 30 are sole everyday. And when a organisation enters a restaurant, a initial chairman to sequence a sandwich typically sets off a sequence greeting of copycat orders.
You wish mac and cheese on that? Why approbation … approbation we do.
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