Barbecue and kolache, two essential blocks of the Texas food pyramid, are coming together in sweet harmony at East Side trailer Kerlin BBQ. Texas Monthly barbecue critic Daniel Vaughn sounds the alarm in his weekly barbecue news roundup posted today, which includes a tweeted photo of a hand-written sign at the trailer advertising kolaches in three flavors: The very breakfast-appropriate sounding egg and pepper jack, a spinach and goat cheese version, and most importantly, a chopped brisket and cheddar cheese kolache. The meatless versions are priced at $2.50, while the brisket iteration will run you a quarter more. POST UPDATE: A Twitter tipster points out that Kerlin is offering rotating kolache flavors; Friday's offering, for example, is "house made pimento, jalapeño sausage, red pepper and goat cheese." Yes please.
Sure, you can find barbecue-stuffed kolaches at road trip destinations like Slovacek's in West, but it's probably safe to say that the versions coming out of one of Austin's most underrated barbecue establishments will be head and shoulders above anything you'll find at a glorified truck stop. To cater to the kolache-loving breakfast crowds, Kerlin is now opening at 8 a.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.