New Braunfels to get a new barbecue spot
A veteran competition cook is set to make a smoky splash in the vibrant New Braunfels barbecue scene with a new food trailer called 1836 BBQ.
Pitmaster Christopher Haynes, an eight-year veteran on the Texas barbecue circuit, said that his new operation (named after the year the Republic of Texas was created) will focus on quality meats and cooking technique as if they were under a judges’ microscope.
“We want to bring in that competition-style flavor, where every bite packs some punch,” Haynes said. “For brisket, we will serve Black Angus prime cuts, which deliver more juiciness and flavor. It’s not going be something that is just pulled out of the meat case.”
Haynes plans to park his new blue trailer, which is still awaiting final permits and a health inspection, at 1365 West County Line Road in New Braunfels from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. or sold out every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. His mesquite-fueled pit is large enough to hold up to 25 briskets, and he hopes to be up and running in the next week or so.
He also will have pulled pork, two types of sausage (regular and jalapeño), whole and half smoked chickens, and ribs at least two days per week. One novelty to the 1836 menu is Haynes’ pulled beef, which is made from shoulder clod and will be on the daily menu.
“Chopped beef sandwiches are usually made with the brisket leftovers, and I wanted to create something nontraditional,” Haynes said.
Sides will include the barbecue staples (mac and cheese, pinto beans and potato salad), but will also include garlic cheese cubed potatoes and butter garlic corn.
John Herdman, the former executive chef at Sustenio in San Antonio who now works in Austin, has been helping Haynes transition into the food business. The two were longtime neighbors in New Braunfels.
“He’s doing good, down-home barbecue,” Herdman said. “I don’t stand behind a lot of peoples’ barbecue, but I’ll stand behind his. He’s got the passion to do it.”
Haynes said that he hopes the trailer will be the beginning to an eventual brick and mortar location in New Braunfels, a city with a lively barbecue scene that includes Black’s BBQ, Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ, Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q, among others.
1836 BBQ, 1365 West County Line Road, Hours (tentative): 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Facebook: 1836BBQ.