Brady, Texas is very near the geographical center of Texas. There’s an historical monument alongside the road that talks about it but it was just too hot to stop today. We saw a catfish restaurant in town that said it’s been voted one of the best by the Denver Post and we saw a yarn/quilt shop that was not open today so we’ll definitely be making another trip to Brady once the weather gets a little cooler. It was pretty darned hot today.
There were so many people at the cook-off. There were arts and crafts, pony rides and activities for the kids, fantastic country bands and . . outdoor toilets that must have been 200º inside. Not that I know that for a fact because we went when we first got there, way before it got so hot, and they felt like an oven then. It is so blasted hot and dry in this area. We were talking to some guy from over in east Texas and he said he used to come hunting along the Colorado River so he wanted to take his wife by there and it was bone dry . . not a drop of water. We talked about it when we crossed over the river. One of the guys who works with Vince grew up in Brady and we ran into him there and he said he had never seen the creek there completely dry. It’s all so sad . . and kinda scary!
What you really want to know is . . how was the goat? It was delicious! Probably one of the best tasting meats I’ve ever had – no wild or weird flavor or smell. Much more flavorful than roast beef and milder than pork butt. One of Vince’s co-workers raises goat and he said the trick is to not let them get over 30 pounds if you want to eat them. Goat meat is called cabrito and while I’m not sure it can even be purchased at meat markets, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it and smoke it.
As good as it was, I’m not real sure I’d go back to the cook-off again simply because it was so darned hot! It’s always held Labor Day Weekend and it’s something about timing — the goats are born in the spring and this is about the perfect time to get the right size for BBQ. It was a fun day and I’m glad we went!