The fourth airing of “Manzo’d With Children” on Oct. 26, saw back-to-back episodes, the second part featuring Caroline on a quest to find the magic secret to the perfect barbecue sauce. Mom decides that Austin, Texas will be the perfect place for a working family vacation.
Albie Jr. and Lauren do not want to go, especially Albie who says he’s not eating red meat. Mom pleads that it will be the last family vacation with just the five of them as Lauren is getting married soon. Caroline’s begging works and the family is soon headed to Austin.
Chris wants a “typical Texas experience” with guys shooting each other and things like that. Albie still doesn’t want to go. Lauren wants to wear high heels. The kids wonder if they will be called “Eyetalians.”
They finally are on the way with Albie Jr. still complaining about eating red meat and waxing poetic about how it poisons your body. Caroline is getting tired of it, but reminds him, once again, that you can put barbecue sauce on chicken.
The Manzos arrive in a very rainy Texas. They run from the vehicle because the “bugs here are insanely aggressive.” Instead of being greeted with the huge Texas howdy they expected, they are met by a Swiss/Italian hotel clerk. He gives them some tips on the best barbecue restaurants, though.
Upon entering Black’s, Caroline tells them, “Serve us up whatever you think we’re gonna love.” After eating, she’s sold. “I’m sad that Black’s is not in New Jersey.
Since she loved it, Caroline is going to go after the chef to give her the secret sauce recipe. Caroline feels that no man can stand against her charms. She found out she was wrong.
To cheer her up, the family takes her honkey-tonking at the Broken Spoke. After knocking back straight shots, Caroline is a bit tipsy, which delights her kids. “Mom’s drunk!” To make her night complete, Brittany Instagrams Albie Jr. a scantily-clad photo for his enjoyment.
The next day finds the New Jersey Manzos at a Texas country fair. They are fascinated by a vendor who dunks straw hats in water. They watch in amazement as the guy molds and fits a hat to Lauren’s big head.
The Salt Lick
Now desperate to learn the secret of Texas barbecue sauce, the Manzos head for one last BBQ shack, the Salt Lick. Chris is in hog heaven, literally. “Red meat? Sauces? This is Christmas for me!”
Caroline knows they have to leave soon, so she puts it on hot and heavy for the chef to get his secret recipe. He gets a kick out of Caroline. “You want us to tell you what took us 150 years?” Still, he gives her a few hints. Caroline is ecstatic. “In 20 years, my recipe will be a family secret that we won’t give out!”
Hard to believe, but next week is the finale with Albie & Caroline celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. You can see the finale of “Manzo’d With Children” on Sunday night, Nov. 2, on Bravo TV. Check your local listings for time as it varies between 9 and 9:30 p.m.