Christmas Shopping and Q in Bellville

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The Poffenberger boys at Bellville Meat Market got into the barbecue business fairly recently. It wasn't until two years ago that they started selling brisket and sausage sandwiches at the butcher shop. And according to the sign out front, they've already won some kind of award for their "2008 Grand Champion Pecan Smoked Brisket." As soon as I saw the barbecue menu, I started dreaming up a sandwich that would rival the Bohemian Special down at Mustang Creek BBQ.

I asked the counterman if he would make me a sandwich with both sliced brisket and sausage on it. I figured if you combined Poffenberger's world-class sausage with their new award-winning brisket, you could be on to something big. Unfortunately, the chopped beef was the only thing ready at 10:30 in the morning when I was there. It was a good chopped beef sandwich, but I can't wait to go back and experiment.

I had actually come to the Bellville Meat Market to do a little Christmas shopping. I picked up a lot of smoked sausages, dried sausages, and spice blends. I went with some habanero smoked sausage, some green onion smoked sausage, and some of Poffenberger's legendary jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage. There were signs in the store promoting some kind of smoked sausage gift box too.

For a Christmas present this year I am sending one of my brothers the Bellville Meat Market Spice Blend Gift Box containing six big bottles of seasoning blends: pork rub, chicken rub, rib rub, chop dust, fajita seasoning, and brisket rub. It's a great deal -- $25 plus shipping.

--- Robb Walsh

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