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Until recently, I had avoided KG BBQ in Austin, and that is my biggest regret.

By meerna Jul11,2024
Until recently, I had avoided KG BBQ in Austin, and that is my biggest regret.

For a self-proclaimed barbecue purist, the idea of ​​combining flavors can be intimidating. When it comes to KG BBQ, a food truck located at 3108 Manor Road in Austin, Texas, I’ll be the first to admit that the thought of making Texas barbecue with an Egyptian twist terrified me.

But after recently trying out KG BBQ, I’m happy to report that the food is top-notch, the flavors are sensational, and I can pretty much put my once-fearful words behind me.

Fusion food isn’t really my cup of tea. Call it culinary fear of the unknown, or call me a child who’d rather pay for food I know I’ll like than risk a dish I might hate. I’m a reporter, after all, which means I’m not made of money. So when I spend my precious pennies on a meal out, it better be worth it for more than one reason.

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KG BBQ had been on my radar for a while. But the truck’s menu never really appealed to my foodie soul. Until I watched the entire third season of Netflix’s cooking show “Barbecue Showdown.” The new season features two Lone Star State barbecue masters.

Like any native Texan, I started watching the third season hoping that one of the two Texas barbecue champions would win the title and return to his place with $50,000 in his pocket.

Instead, I found myself salivating over the flavor profiles that each grillmaster, namely Kareem El-Ghayesh of KG BBQ, was preparing. Something about watching the sausage being made—metaphorically speaking—and listening to El-Ghayesh explain how flavors I thought were contradictory in the world of Texas barbecue came together in each dish he prepared on the show sparked intrigue in my rumbling stomach.

Beef sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and served with pita bread seemed illegal to me until I watched the KG BBQ grill master enthusiastically prepare all of the above on “Barbecue Showdown.”

After watching the season 3 finale, I hopped in the car and took a quick drive down Manor Road to try KG BBQ, and thank the wonderful Texas barbecue gods that I did.

KG BBQ hits the nail on the head in taste and value

Being the prepared person I am, I quickly looked through the KG BBQ menu online before heading to the food truck.

Having just witnessed El-Ghayesh sprinkle pomegranate seeds over grilled meats, I felt brave and went for KG BBQ’s “signature item” — the beef rice bowl. My partner in crime, who joined me on this culinary journey, chose the food truck’s “OG fusion dish” — the beef shawarma pita.

On the KG BBQ menu, customers can find a multitude of fusion cuisine dishes.

As Texas barbecue fanatics, we also got a pint of the Egyptian mac and cheese, which features giant macaroni shells topped with béchamel and tomato-garlic sauce. Again, the flavors of this fusion mac and cheese struck a little fear into my heart. But you can’t fully criticize something until you’ve tried it, and we did.

Since KG BBQ is located on the outdoor patio at Oddwood Brewing, we were able to order food from the truck and avoid the relentless Texas sun by heading to the brewery for an ice-cold beer and great air conditioning. Despite waiting in a short line to order at KG BBQ, our buzzer went off within 10 minutes, and my heart was pounding with hungry excitement.

I stood there staring at a plate of gorgeous fusion grill that looked more like a Mediterranean snack than grilled meat. But as soon as I dug my fork into the layers of candied nuts, Mediterranean rice, smoked beef, tahini and pomegranate seeds, it was game over.

The range of dishes at KG BBQ is full of flavour.

“Man, I would have never thought of pairing pomegranate with beef, but this is damn good,” I said with my mouth full of food. But will the Egyptian mac and cheese suffer the same fate? After cleansing my palate with a cool IPA from Oddwood Brewing, it was time to try the macaroni.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy every bite of this mac and cheese. So much so that I wondered where we as a society went wrong by not making mac and cheese like KG BBQ does. Because man, Batman — trust me when I say this is fire.

Aside from the mind-blowing flavors of the food at KG BBQ, the portions are another reason to praise this food truck. You definitely get what you pay for here. My partner and I took half of our orders home and let me tell you something: KG BBQ is just as, if not more delicious the next day. And that’s not always the case with every restaurant or food truck.

If you want to pamper your taste buds, I highly recommend KG BBQ.

KG BBQ is open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Thursday through Saturday and 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday. They are closed Monday through Wednesday.

Taylor Kamnetz is an Austin native who is a huge fan of affordable and delicious barbecue. She prefers her beef and other grilled meats to be sauce-free because if they’re done right, there shouldn’t be any.

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