Today, while out attending the grand opening celebration of AspenPointe Café, I ran across a new-to-me mobile barbecue cart. (Well, actually, owner Anne Morris says the tiny trailer stays put at the intersection of Academy and Union boulevards from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 3 p.m., Sundays.)
The place is named Phat Hatties Smokehouse Barbecue and owner Anne Morris says the business has been around for around three and half years. For the first two years, she attended events only and catered, and prior to March of this year, she was located around Barnes Road and Austin Bluffs Parkway for nearly a year.
Morris says she's originally from Houston, Texas, and cooks her brisket Texas style, accordingly. Her pulled pork, on the other hand, is more of a Memphis style and she offers a North Carolina-style mustard sauce that she says is particularly good with her spicy sausage.
Today, I opted for the "I can't decide Combo plate" — a quarter pound each of brisket and pulled pork with a side of slaw and baked beans for $7.99. The sides were both a little better than average, but the meats were super-tender and terrific, especially with Morris' mildly sweet and spicy "Phabulous Sauce" poured over top. (While writing this, I just found a note on their Website that Phat Hatties won Best Brisket at this year's Old Town Showdown.) A special sweet potato/walnut muffin had good flavor, but was a bit dry.