Great Barbecues of Texas: The Salt Lick in Driftwood
In many ways, the Salt Lick Bar-B-Que in Driftwood, Texas is the odd man out among Central Texas barbecues.
It's of comparatively recent inception, for example, having been founded in 1967. Rather than being located in a small town, Salt Lick Bar-B-Que was located in a rural area southwest of Austin, not far from Dripping Springs. Nowadays, the city of Austin has almost grown to encompass the area that the barbecue occupies, but back then, it was in the middle of nowhere, across the road from Camp Ben McCulloch, a Civil War reunion grounds actively used in the late 19th century.
There's the sauce, too. While other Central Texas barbecues offer no sauce at all (Kreuz Market in Lockhart, for one) or a tomato-based sauce on the sweet and bland side (like Louie Mueller's in Taylor) or one that's a reasonable facsimile of orange bottled French dressing (City Market in Luling, the watermelon capital of Texas), the sauce at Salt Lick is actually mustard based, and you'd have to go 1001 miles to the east, to Columbia, South Carolina, to find other examples of mustard-based sauces. What's more, Salt Lick slathers it on the 'cue just as the smoking is finishing up, and keeps brushing the sauce on in the holding pit, which makes for a thick concentrated coating by the time the 'cue hits the table. Friends, in Central Texas that's barbecue blasphemy.