A little bit of Texas was part of our Christmas dinner table this year as we had a "Salt Lick" smorgasboard of cowboy goodies like those served at the very popular Texas restaurant.
Drive southwest from Austin into the rural hill country and there, between Dripping Springs and Driftwood, you will find the nationally-known family-owned Salt Lick where their own seasonings are applied to all kinds of beef, sausage, and pork ribs, served in heaping piles on plank tables in rustic western style ... very Texas-like.
In a more formal setting here in the Commonwealth, Salt Lick seasonings were used on Christmas day for flavoring as chicken and sausages were grilled by the chef brother-in-law, and a spiral ham was roasted indoors. Add the sides -- roasted red, white, yellow, and sweet potatoes -- as well as garden salad, broccoli casserole, and more -- and it was a hardy cowboy meal shared with the entire family including the Texas sister who was home for the holidays.
A little bit of Texas in Virginia ... it was delicious!