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Old 09-08-2012, 07:13 AM
Location: Austin
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Just a word of "caution" ( in quotes because the smokehouses say it's not a concern)...the smoked meat isn't always sent with dry ice. I sent a brisket in the middle of summer and it arrived on the warmish side. The sender assured me it was safe due to the cooking, freezing and packaging process (and it more than likely was), but I wasn't comfortable with it and neither was the recipient, so I decided I wouldn't send another in hot weather. I'm not sure who does send meats packed in dry ice, but not all do. I've ordered from a variety of sources and haven't always had reason for concern. DM if you'd like to hear specifics. Check out the websites of Salt Lick, County Line, and Southside Market in Elgin for gift baskets, etc.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:52 AM
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I am leaning toward not sending BBQ. I understand all the reasons why it is an awesome gift, and I LOVE all the places suggested. But I think I want to keep it to gift baskets/boxes and things that dont require preparation, heating, cooking, etc.

Still on the hunt for that perfect unique Austin TX thing to send. Would say "Tears of Joy" is in the running.

I have a friend in NYC. When he sends a thank you type of gift basket, he always sends something from Murray's Cheese/Deli Shop. I have received a couple from him. They arrive with great presentation, just eat and/or put in refrigerator for later. Awesome branding, labeling, feels authentic from a NYC deli, etc. I am looking for something like that.
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