Austin Business Journal Featuring Nolan Ryan at Goodstock

Nolan Ryan's Picks

Recently, we sat down with Nolan Ryan and asked him about some his favorite things to do and serve when hosting a sports watch party.  First, he said its nice to mix things up sometimes.  Maybe move some furniture for better viewing potential or serve a new platter you haven't tried before. Perhaps its all about trying a new spice or sauce for your famous ribs. Regardless of your direction, these little gestures help to make each occasion special and spark new conversation with old friends. At Goodstock, we have all the Texas-made provisions and high-quality meat you'll need for a game night cookout. And to make your trip to the Goodstock shop simple, we've shared some recommendations and some of Nolan's top picks to serve up while enjoying the game from home.

On The Grill

When hosting bigger gatherings, we recommend grilling Goodstock Ribeyes and T-bone Steaks. We like to keep things simple by lightly sprinkling the steaks with Goodstock Steak Seasoning and occasionally mixing it up with Spiceology seasoning’s Cowboy Crust Espresso Chile Rub. For a triple play of flavor, one of Nolan's favorite things to do is add a dollop of Banner Butter to finish off the steaks.

Gear Up

One of our favorite grilling accessories that sparks interest and conversation every time is the Tin Roof Cutting Board which has a magnetic corner to catch a cutting-knife. For burgers, we like to go that extra step and use a Grill Press to achieve that signature restaurant-style crust. Whether it’s a casual game night cookout or a seated family dinner, steak is always on the menu at the Ryan household and the table is frequently set with Goodstock steak knives.

All The Fixins

For pregame snacking, Nolan prefers pickles from the Texas Pickle Company and a jar of CajunTex salsa with tortilla chips. For restaurant-style burgers, we recommend sandwiching your patties between freshly baked Easy Tiger buns, and for quick grilled garlic bread, pick up an Easy Tiger ciabatta loaf. Whether celebrating a win or nursing a loss, dessert is never a bad idea. A year-round Ryan family favorite is a home-made Peppermint Ice Cream recipe from Nolan’s mother, Lela, which Ryan has kindly shared with us below.

Now that you’ve got your shopping list, it’s time to swing by the shop and stock up for your next game night watch party. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for updates on new product arrivals and special promotions.

Lela Ryan’s Peppermint Ice Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus at least 2 hours to freeze

Serves: 8


  • 4-5 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 25 peppermint sticks, crushed fine
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1-2 cups whole milk


Combine the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, peppermint sticks and salt in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture into the container of your ice cream maker.  Add as much milk as the ice cream maker will hold. Follow the directions on your ice cream maker for freezing the ice cream. Transfer the ice cream to a container and place a sheet of plastic wrap over the surface.  Cover the container tightly and freeze the ice cream until it has hardened, at least 2 hours. It will keep for up to 1 month. Remove the ice cream from the freezer 10 minutes prior to serving and enjoy.