This is where it all begins. Cherry wood awaiting its final destination (the smoker).
7 a.m. Pamela starts up one of the two pits with cherry wood.
Cherry in the Pits
CatHead’s uses cherry wood to smoke all its meat except the brisket.
The briskets are cooked in an electric smoker with hickory and apple wood. The restaurant goes through about 100 briskets a week.
Richard loads pork butts into the wood smoker for a 14-hour low-and-slow treatment over cherry wood.
A whole brisket brined in Coca-Cola and smoked for 12 hours.
No Teeth Necessary
The super-tender brisket barely stands up to a knife.
Butts in the Pit
A day's worth of pork butt are ready to come out of the pit after being smoked for 14 hours.
Pork ribs are basted with a vinegary finishing sauce after coming out of the smoker.
After marinating in a secret spice blend, another vegetarian option, tofu, is rolled in cornmeal and fried.
Potatoes for potato salad, greens, beans, and sauce simmer in preparation for the crowds.
Servin' it Up
Cook Michael Curran plates up some steaming hot sides.
CatHead's has four sauces to choose from: Texas Red, mustard sauce, habanero, and pepper vinegar. I found myself mixing them all together.
This huge biscuit— flaky on the outside and soft inside&mdash is served warm, with pepper jelly and honey butter.
It's always there, silent and smoky.