VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel Finds the Best BBQ Joints in Austin

03/12/2014 at 01:39 PM ET

Jimmy Kimmel Live Tour of Austin BBQ at SXSW

Good thing Jimmy Kimmel was hungry.

In a The Bachelor spoof to find the best barbecue in Austin, Texas — a town famous for its brisket — during Tuesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host and his sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez chowed down at four popular barbecue places in less than four hours.

First stop for the famous foodieFranklin Barbecue, where loyal diners line up, sometimes for hours, for the beef ribs, brisket and turkey. And when the food is all gone — a frequent occurrence — the restaurant shuts for the day.

“Aaron [Franklin’s owner] was my first here in Austin,” joked Kimmel, who snuck in from the back to avoid the massive lines, “and I’m glad because he was so gentle and kind and I just love putting his meat in my mouth.”

At Micklethwait Craft Meats, located in a trailer in a dirt parking lot, the duo sat at a picnic table and fell in love with the beef short ribs, brisket, pork-and-beef jalapeno sausage and lamb chorizo.

“Tom [Micklethwait] is a special guy,” noted the funnyman. “When he offered me his moist brisket, I was like, ‘Whoa, this is going a little fast,’ but then I ate it and I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, go fast, Tom.'”

The passionfest continued at John Mueller Meat Co., a butcher/smokehouse also operating out of a trailer, where Kimmel and Rodriguez ate a platter of beef ribs and sausage, made in a barbecue pit the third-generation owner built himself.

“John’s a bad boy,” Kimmel said of the owner, “but I’ve had that in the past. But sometimes you need a little bad to be good.”

Though Rodriguez was stuffed, the foodie host was still the attentive suitor at La Barbecue, their last stop, which has made a name for itself for its brisket, pulled pork and the sausage handmade on the premises, and like the other offerings, cooked in a custom pit out back.

“See how [the brisket] is smoked on the outside ring?” he pointed out to Rodriguez. After the meal, Kimmel got blunt: “I would have sex with that brisket, that’s how delicious it was.”

In the end, he couldn’t choose a favorite, getting down on one knee and asking each restaurant proprietor, “Will you accept this rib and make me the happiest man in the world?”

And in a dig to the latest bachelor, who handed out a final rose but no engagement ring, Kimmel said, “You see, Juan Pablo, that’s how you propose.”

WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Search For Austin’s Best BBQ

—Nancy Mattia

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Lynn on

This was not funny. It was dirty. And why were people in the audience laughing when that jerk said he didn’t give a %&$# about Guillermo? Such hateful jerks in the audience.

amy on

@Lynn – are you serious? Not funny? Clearly you do not have much of a sense of humor, or at least one worth a darn. The bit was hilarious. Being from Austin, it was even funnier for the locals. There was nothing dirty about making fun of a ridiculous reality show. As for the joke about Guillermo – again, clearly you have NO sense of humor, have you ever even watched Jimmy Kimmel?

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