Headlines                             January 15, 2000

  What do you get when you combine allot of beer, 30 big Harley Motorcycles, 50 leather clad bikers (with their ladies), 125 guests dancing to country music and Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q ??

You get a Merle Haggard Party at Willie Nelson's "Luck Texas Ranch" near the Perdenales River northwest of Austin.
I received a call about 3 weeks ago from my friend Billy Minick, the proprietor of the famous "Billy Bob's" nightclub in Forth Worth. He told me that Merle would be in Austin in January to have a wedding & music video shot at Willie Nelson's Ranch.
Later, Rick Smith the record producer called to finalize the plans. I have known Billy Minick for about 3 years. We have mutual business interests in Las Vegas and he is indeed a "Fine Texan" and superb businessman. I met Rick in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo party held at the Silverton Hotel. Rick and I, along with some of my Las Vegas staff had an "interesting" evening touring the nightlife of Las Vegas in a 30 foot stretch Chevy 1 ton dually limousine.
So, I told both Billy and Rick that I could handle this party and that I would spread out a fancy buffet for this occasion. They just wanted the basic's ...... Beef Brisket, Mikeska's Homemade Sausage, Boneless Smoked Pork Loin, and Smoked Chicken Halves. Along with this we had our Bar-B-Q Sauce, Hot Buttered Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Spicy Red Beans, Pickles, Onions, Peppers, Homemade Bread and of course..... Banana Pudding!


We had a great time...... I think these pictures will prove it.

Merle Haggard & Tim Mikeska

Billy Minick, of "Billy Bob's Texas", Tim and Record Producer Rick Smith

Mrs. Haggard and Tim

Merle singing his new song "Motorcycle Cowboy"

When Shawn and I cook, we can always smoke up the place.

Our Pit and Buffet setup. We used our SP-500 smoker for the
chickens and pork loin.

Merle jammin with the famed Mandolin & Fiddle artist Johnny Gimble

Merle is singing only 20 feet from our Bar-B-Q pits.

I was honored to cater this event. Special thanks go out to Rick Smith, Billy Minick, Lisa Sutton of Music Services Unlimited and everyone at Pecos Films and Willie Nelson's Luck Texas Ranch. To hear the new song "Motorcycle Cowboy" and all the old favorites Merle sings on his "Live at Billy Bob's Texas" CD, contact them online at www.billybobstexas.com. Tell Billy that "Rudy" sent you.....

I have added an archive listing at the bottom left of this page. Please click there if you would like to see my past news and events. I have also added more pictures of the various buffets and menus available.

One thing that makes our business different from most barbecue caterers is versatility. Ten years ago I designed a mobile catering kitchen to compliment our fleet of catering vans and mobile bar-b-q pits. This 22,000 lb trailer is fully equipped to fry catfish, chicken fried steaks and fried chicken. It can also grill steaks, seafood and refrigerate over 1,500 lbs of product. This trailer has been all across this country from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific. HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh (husband to Queen Elizabeth) watched his Prime Rib being prepared on board this trailer. His comment was...."things are quite impressive in Texas" The Prince was visiting the United States Equestrian Center in Pea Pack, New Jersey which Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q was contracted to cater.

Our Mobile Catering Kitchen cooking at the US Capitol in Washington DC

Fresh Farm Raised Catfish and Fried Chicken cooking in our Mobile Kitchen

I have received an impressive amount of positive feedback about our web site. I sincerely appreciate all the e-mail and inquiries. If you have any questions about any of our services please do not hesitate to call. My personal voice mail number is 512-209-0128. My sister Judy will answer your questions at 800-962-5706.


Rudy L. "Tim" Mikeska Jr.

P.S. don't forget to visit my past news archives at the bottom left of this page.


Tim's Archives
Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q, Inc.
300 W. 2nd Street
Taylor, Texas 76574
512.365.3722 or 800.962.5706

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