With 170 craft beers selection, a seeming 80+% of which looks to be local, and a rotating smoking rack you can see from the entire restaurant, filled with probably over a hundred pounds of various meats, I chose a pork sandwich with the ranch beans (as in style, filled with other veggies, not the dressing), mac and cheese, and the bourbon pecan pie, paired with a Southern Pecan nut brown ale. You can tell from their meat and sides selection, that they mean serious southern barbecue business here.
For being a barbecue joint, the beans would delight a vegetarian, who could probably make a decent meal from the nine vegetable/non-meat side options. The pork was solid, and the habenero bourbon sauce stood high above the other selections. The heat of the habenero was deceptive, as I hardly felt it going in, but a beer-fueled burp after I finished the sandwich brought it back in more potent force. Still, the heat is diluted enough to benefit from the flavor while not offending as many would normally be put off by the name.
The bourbon pecan pie was better than most pecan pies I've ever had, but it was the mac and cheese that stole the show. I was skeptical at first when I saw goldfish crackers in it, but after my first bite, I was utterly convinced. Forgetting the crackers, only added for crunch, their mac and cheese was the best and most satisfying homestyle mac and cheese I've had in decades. I'm not kidding. I want their recipe.
The soundtrack in this joint delightfully fits the food and rustic feel of the place, being half old-timey western tunes and covers of modern songs done in that style, and half 'O Brother Where are Thou?' soundtrack. The small rural town residents I'm currently dining with I could easily imagine as regulars, and somehow add to the charm.
The $19 my total before tip came to seemed a tad high, though they've received an Indy Star "Best Things Winner" award for Best Barbecue Restaurant, and I can see why. Sadly, living on the opposite side of Indy, I won't be making it this way very often, but if I ever find myself back here in Lizton, you can bet I'll be grabbing barbecue.
Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brew House replied:
Thank you so much for the awesome rating and review!
19 days ago