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Former Driskill Grill chef opens barbecue trailer with former Longhorn football great

Matthew Odam

The new Whitfield’s barbecue trailer in South Austin has some heavy hitters on board, figuratively and literally. The barbecue trailer at 9001 Brodie Lane in South Austin is run by a team that includes former Carillon and Driskill Grill chef Josh Watkins and Kasey Studdard, a former offensive lineman and national champion with the Texas Longhorns. The trailer opened last week, as first spotted by a Reddit user.

Watkins, who also briefly ran Chavez at the Radisson on Lady Bird Lake, spoke to the Statesman years ago about the possibility to get into the global barbecue game, so it is not a total surprise to see the talented chef pop up in such a venue, where he is joined by Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ veteran Scott Fogle.

Watkins told Eater Austin that the menu, which includes ribs, sausage, brisket and pulled pork, will eventually expand to include dishes like smoked beef cheek croquettes, smoked duck confit and breast and smoked shrimp ceviche.

Whitfield’s is initially open from 4 p.m. until sold out on Thursday and Friday and from 11 am. until sold out on Saturday and Sunday.


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