As you travel along I-10E from Texas into Louisiana, it is hard to miss signs for boudin balls and cracklin’s. Sign after sign touts that theirs is the best. I didn’t have a clue as to what either one was – I had to google it. By the time we arrived in Baton Rouge, the billboards had done their job. We would not be leaving Louisiana before we tried some.
But before we get there….
Russ and I were so proud of ourselves! Hitching up Teddy to the truck gets easier every time we do it.
The ride into Baton Rouge was beautiful. The sun was out and a fortuitous traffic delay allowed us to get off the freeway and take an alternate route that led us down picturesque pathways.
Another detour just off the freeway in Beaumont, Texas was to see a massive fire hydrant. This wound up being a part of the Fire Museum of Texas. Wynell (a.k.a. the nicest woman in Beaumont!), came down from her office in the museum to check out our Teddy. Russ gave her a tour and she reciprocated by bringing him into the museum and even introduced him to the Captain who had just finished up a school tour.
The museum is free (donations welcomed) and only two minutes off the freeway. There are several parking lots close by and we had no problem finding a spot to fit our rig. Definitely worth a stop if you are close by.
Note: The Fire Museum of Texas is located at 400 Walnut St in Beaumont, Texas and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
While in Baton Rouge, we stayed at the Baton Rouge KOA. We splurged and ordered pizza from Papa Johns one night – which was delivered right to our door! Can that be done at all campgrounds? It will be fun finding out.
A friend in the area, EJ, gave us a few recommendations on some things to see. Here are some pictures and there is more in the video (at the top of the post – if you didn’t watch it yet, check it out!).
Boudin Balls – Boudin is a pork sausage made with rice and seasoning usually stuffed into a casing. For boudin balls, they remove the casing, roll it into balls and deep fry them.
Our first try to get them was a bust. The location made them, but only for their catering menu. We did, however, get to try alligator there!
Our second try was a success. It was served with some type of horseradish sauce. Russ liked it but I preferred mine without the sauce. They were good! Russ was also able to try straight-up boudin when he went out metal detecting for an afternoon with EJ and he said the boudin was amazing. Oh! And cracklin’s? I found out those are pork rinds!
Russ was also able to get out and go metal detecting with EJ and Dwayne (a.k.a. Yoda). If you want to see their “hunt” check out this vid below!