Into the Wild

No need to fill up the tank for a road trip to the Elroy Sausage Co. BBQ. Located just 12 short miles south of Austin, the only hitch in your git-along might be accidentally speeding right past this small roadside diner that specializes in buffalo burgers, wild smoked elk and boar deli sandwiches and traditional barbecue.

Elroy Sausage Co. chef and owner, Wyman Gilliam, opened Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack in Houston in 1985 and revolutionized the dining scene by introducing wild game to the menu. Years later, he sold the successful business to pursue an acting career, and has appeared as an extra in many movies and done numerous voice-overs.

“I was also the Lone Star Beer man in several commercials,” says Gilliam.   

Showbiz aside, Gilliam knows his game and extols its virtues. “Wild game is incredibly low in cholesterol, calories and fat compared to beef, chicken, fish and ostrich,” he notes. “And unlike most popular smokehouses, we really watch the added fat in our sausage recipe.”

When asked how he got from big-city to blip-on-the-map, Gilliam says, “Our family has had a farm in Elroy since I was a little kid, and it was time to bring it home.”

There are very few blank spaces on the diner walls, so leave your reading material in the car. One particularly arresting photo of a dirty-bearded buffalo is captioned: Don’t open this gate unless you can make it to the fence in 9.9 seconds. The bull can do it in 10.

The Elroy Sausage Co. caters weddings, movie sets and other large events, and South Austinites should keep their eyes peeled for the soon-to-come Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Wild Game Grill. But don’t wait for the buffalo to charge your fence when all that stands between you and wild carnivore heaven is a short drive down a country road.

Elroy Sausage Co. BBQ
13912 FM 812, Elroy