Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pork potato at Big Ern's BBQ (Las Vegas, NV)

I had lunch Sunday in Las Vegas at Big Ern's BBQ, located at the Downtown Container Park. Loaded, pulled-pork baked potato, with a side of BBQ chili.








Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pork breakfast at The Loveless Cafe (Nashville, TX)

Couple of weeks ago, I paid my first visit to The Loveless Cafe (Nashville, TX). Biscuits and lots of pulled pork, with fried eggs, cornbread, grits, and iced tea.












Sunday, June 4, 2017

Edgar Black has passed away.

I learned today that Edgar Black, the patriarch of Black's Barbecue, passed away Friday, at home and surrounded by his family. Black's announced his death via Twitter/Instagram a little while ago. I was fortunate to have met Mr. Black, and I send my sincere condolences to his family. Rest in peace.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pork ribs at my parents'

Also at my parents' house: baby back pork ribs, with dad's homemade BBQ sauce:





Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dinner from Son's Smokehouse

Dinner at my parents' from Son's Smokehouse (Jasper, AL). Baby backs, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken.







Friday, April 14, 2017

Friend lunching at Pecan Lodge

One of my friends just texted a pic of his Pecan Lodge lunch:


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Buddy visits Cattleack Barbeque

One of my buddies had lunch yesterday at Cattleack Barbeque (Dallas, TX). Pictured are brisket and pork ribs. Not pictured is the macaroni & cheese he said he ate so fast that he didn't get a pic of it.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Texas BBQ Wannabe: 224

224. The Oak Texas BBQ & Catering (Nashville, Tennessee)

Updated list: 

1. Texas Smokehouse (Decatur, AL)
2. Hill Country Barbecue (Manhattan)
3. Dallas BBQ (Manhattan)
4. Tim's Texas Bar-B-Q (Beijing)
5. Capital Q (Washington, DC) - RIP
6. Little Texas (Iasi, Romania)
7. Back Forty Texas BBQ (CA)
8. West Texas Barbeque Co. (Jackson, MI)
9. Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ (Van Nuys, CA)
10. Barn Burner Texas Barbeque (Pasadena, CA)
11. JR’s Texas Bar-B-Que (Sacramento, CA)
12. Texas West BBQ (3 CA locations)
13. Tootie’s Texas Barbeque (Cathedral City, CA)
14. Armadillo Willy’s Real Texas BBQ (Los Altos, CA)
15. The Original Texas Barbecue King (Los Angeles)
16. Longhorn Barbecue (3 WA locations)
17. Bubb's Big Texas Style BBQ (Big Bend, WI)
18. The Texas BBQ Company (Northborough, MA)
19. DJ's Texas Style BBQ (Lewiston, ME)
20. Serious Texas BBQ (3 CO locations)
21. Abbey's Real Texas Bar-B-Q (San Diego, California)
22. Jake's Authentic Texan Bar B-Q (Rensselaer, NY)
23. Buster's Texas Style Barbecue (3 OR locations)
24. Howard's Texas Barbecue Service (Portland, OR)
25. Bennett's BBQ (CO, TN, & NC)
26. Kin Folks Texas Style BBQ (Altoona, IA)
27. Cecil's Texas Style Bar-B-Q (2 FL locations)
28. Shaw's Texas Style BBQ (Hercules, CA)
29. Backwoods BBQ (Corona, CA)
30. Cedar River Smoke House (Renton, WA)
31. Big Al's Texas BBQ (Lehi, UT)
32. East Texas BBQ, LLC (Huntsville, AL)
33. Bonehead's Texas BBQ (San Francisco, CA)
34. Huntsville Barbecue Company (Huntsville, UT)
35. Bart's Texas Style BBQ (Traverse City, MI)
36. Roland's Bar-B-Que Company (Hot Springs, AR)
37. Ralphies Texas Style BBQ & Ribs (Fairmont, WV)
38. Taste of Texas Bar-B-Q (Spencerport, NY)
39. Danny's Little Taste of Texas (South Windsor, CT)
40. Taste of Texas BBQ (McCook, NE)
41. Lockhart's BBQ (Royal Oak, MI)
42. Big John's Texas BBQ (Flagstaff, AZ)
43. Big Star Texas Barbeque (Flagstaff, AZ)
44. Big Mouth BBQ (Great Falls, MT)
45. Bull Durham’s Texas BBQ and Steakhouse (West Chester, PA)
46. Texas Ribs and BBQ (Clinton, MD)
47. The Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ (Elm Grove, WI)
48. Elmer's Authentic Texas BBQ (Battle Lake, MN)
49. Doc's Texas BBQ & Burgers (Sonora, CA)
50. Dixie's Smokehouse Texas BBQ & Rotisserie (Kings Park, NY)
51. Bob's BBQ & Mexican Grill (Pattaya, Thailand)
52. Bob's Texas BBQ (Boise, ID)
53. Hickory River Smokehouse (6 locations in OH & IL)
54. Texas Tony's BBQ Shack (Naples, FL)
55. Roosters Texas Style BBQ & Steakhouse (Nashville, TN)
56. Lee's Texas Style Bar-B-Q (Detroit, MI)
57. Texas Smokehouse Bar-B-Q (Woodinville, WA) - RIP
58. Austin BBQ (Wheaton, IL)
59. Alamo BBQ (Richmond, VA)
60. Austin's BBQ (Mountain View, CA)
61. 4C BBQ (Ponce De Leon, FL)
62. Rotuno's Texas Style Barbeque (Elyria, OH)
63. Smoke City Market (Sherman Oaks, CA)
64. The Ranger Texas Barbecue (Manhattan)
65. 4Rivers Smokehouse (2 FL locations)
66. Podnah's Pit Barbecue (Portland, OR)
67. Taste of Texas BBQ (Keystone, NE)
68. Bubba's Barbecue (Jakarta, Indonesia)
69. Molly's Smokehouse Texas BBQ (Wahiawa, HI)
70. Smokin' J's BBQ - Real Texas Barbeque (Gulfport, FL)
71. Texas BBQ & Steaks (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
72. Texas BBQ (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
73. Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer (Las Vegas, NV) - RIP
74. Red River BBQ (Melbourne, Australia)
75. Triple A Bar (Toronto, Canada)
76. Texas Bar-B-Q (Puebla, Mexico)
77. Bubba's Texas BBQ (Philadelphia)
78. Tex's World Famous Bar-B-Q (Nashville, TN)
79. Gilley's BBQ (Las Vegas)
80. Texas Pit BBQ (St. Thomas, VI)
81. Texas Best BBQ (Valley Village, CA)
82. Selma's Texas Barbeque (Moon Township, PA)
83. Texas BBQ House (Phoenix)
84: Bludso's BBQ (Compton, CA)
85. Wayne's BBQ Shack (Superior, CO)
86. Little Miss BBQ (Phoenix, AZ)
87. Wise Barbecue Company (Los Angeles)
88. Hickory River Smokehouse (multiple locations in OH & IL)
89. Jim's Pit Bar-B-Q (Reddick, FL)
90. Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse (Los Angeles)
91. Smoke Ring (Rome, Italy) 
92. Texas BBQ Grill (Chehalis, WA)
93. Texas Joe's (London, England)
94. Texas Stockyards BBQ (Lady Lake, FL)
95. Bubba's Texas Style Bar-B-Que & Saloon (Shanghai, China)
96. Hill Country Barbecue (Brooklyn, NY)
97. Hill Country Barbecue (Washington, DC)
98. Double J Texas BBQ (Havelock, NC)
99. Bar-B-Q Shack (Brighton, England)
100. White Smoke - A Texas Smokehouse (Tokyo)
101. Kim's Texas BBQ (San Diego, CA)
102. Swingin' Door Texas BBQ (North Hollywood, CA)
103. Brick's Barbeque (Sarasota, FL)
104. Texas Hold'em BBQ (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
105. Texas Ribs (multiple locations in Mexico)
106. The Beast (Paris, France)
107. Texas BBQ (Tel Aviv, Israel)
108. Horse Thief BBQ (Los Angeles)
109. BBQ Rush (Tucson, AZ)
110. Allison's Texas BBQ (Mesa, AZ)
111. The Proper Pig BBQ (Cleveland, OH)
112. The Beach Pit (St. George Island, FL)
113. Rangers Texas BBQ (Sydney, Australia)
114. Taste of Texas BBQ (Waitara, Australia)
115. Marley's Central Texas BBQ (Albuquerque, NM) 
116. Round Up Texas Smoked BBQ (Cold Spring, NY)
117. Texas Pit BBQ (Cloudcroft, NN)
118. Joe's Texan BBQ (Currumbin, Australia)
119. The Calhoun Family's Texas Barbeque (Murrieta, CA)
120. Rio Grande Texas Barbecue (Balgowlah, Australia) 
121. The Texan Bar-B-Q & Chili House (Algonquin, IL)

122. Bob's Omahoma Barbeque (Wooster, OH)
123. Gary Ray's Texas BBQ (Tucson, AZ)
124. Texas Barbecue Cafe (Stabekk, Norway)
125. Morgan's Brooklyn Barbecue (Brooklyn, NY)
126. All Friends Smokehouse (Westport, MA)
127. Firehouse on the Run Famous Texas BBQ (Black Forest, CO)
128. Texas Smoke Barbecue (Lake Hopatcong, NJ)
129. Jersey Shore BBQ (Belmar, NJ)
130. Smokehouse BBQ (Bali, Indonesia)
131. Andy's BBQ (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
132. Moonie's Texas Barbecue (Flowery Branch, GA)
133. Wabba Texas BBQ (Guadalajara, Mexico)
134. Frank's Texas BBQ (Bay Area, CA)
135. Bronco Belle Texas BBQ (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
136. City Butcher (Springfield, MO)
137. Kaiser's Real Texas Bar-B-Q (Salt Lake City, UT)
138. Jimbo's Texas BBQ (Chantilly, VA)
139. Rocco's Smokehouse Grill (Williamsburg, VA)
140. Howard's Meat Co. (London)
141. Mike's Smokehouse (Eau Claire, WI)
142. Windy City Pizza (San Mateo, CA)
143. Texas Jack's Barbecue (Arlington, VA)
144. Hoodoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield, CT)
145. Bonehead's Texas BBQ (Lafayette, CA)
146. Texas Pit Bar-B-Que (Lake Forest, CA)
147. Texas BBQ Saloon (Tianjin, China)
148. Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ (Bishop, CA)
149. Shaffer Farms Texas BBQ (Summertown, TN)
150. Texas Pit BBQ (Angier, NC)
151. Joe's Texas BBQ (Green Bay, WI)
152. Lonestar BBQ (Tioga, ND)
153. R&J Texas BBQ (Milbank, SD)
154. Texican's BBQ Pitt (Crestwood, KY)
155. Straight From Texas Bar-B-Que (Richmond, KY)
156. Double SS BBQ (Cambridge, WI)
157. Lone Star BBQ Catering & Event Center (St. Peter, MN)
158. Delicious Texas Pit BBQ (Portland, OR)
159. Jack's BBQ (Seattle, WA)
160. Texas Rotisserie & Grill (New York City)
161. Joe-Bear and Sons Texas BBQ (Macon, GA)
162. Haywood Smokehouse (Waynesville, NC)
163. Yardbird Smoked Meats (Keego Harbor, MI)
164. Matt's BBQ (Portland, OR)
165. Bob's Bar-B-Q Pit (Tacoma, WA)
166. Holy Smokes (Jakarta, Indonesia)
167. Texas Pete's Authentic Southern BBQ (Hamilton, New Zealand)
168. Cou-Yons Texas BBQ (Baton Rouge, LA)
169. Hickory Sticks BBQ (Plantation, FL)
170. Dick's Bodacious Bar-B-Q (Indianapolis, IN)
171. Freeman's Texas B.B.Q. Co. (Carlisle, PA)
172. Charlie B's Texas Bar-B-Que (Pennsylvania)
173. Texas Outlaw BBQ (Elizabethtown, KY)
174. Botto Barbecue (Portland, OR)
175. ZZQ Central Texas Style Barbeque (Richmond, VA)
176. Smoke Barbecue (Sheffield & Leeds, England)
177. Pappy's Texas Barbeque (Kendal, England)
178. Blues Bar-B-Q (Paris, France)
179. The Double Barrel Smokehouse (Lincoln, CA)
180. More Than Q (Stockton, NJ)
181. Big B's Texas BBQ (Henderson, NV)
182. Slick's Que Co. (Sisters, OR)
183. Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse (multiple UK locations)
184. Bodenes Texas BBQ Diner (Lisburn, UK)
185. Grand Ole BBQ (San Diego, CA)
186. Dolen's Real Texas BBQ (Zanesville, OH)
187. Jimmy Jo's BBQ (multiple IL locations)
188. Rocksmoke (Jakarta, Indonesia)
189. BA Texas BBQ (Sandy, UT)
190. LuLu's BBQ (Louisville, CO)
191. Traveling Texas BBQ (Meredith, NH)
192. Jays Barbecue (Tucson, AZ)
193. Home Plate BBQ (Beijing, China)
194. San Antone by Bludso's (Melbourne, Australia)
195. Farmer's BBQ (Cheonan, South Korea)
196. Big John's Texas BBQ (Bradenton, FL)
197. Texas Tribute BBQ (Stockholm, Sweden)
198. Brisket Southern BBQ & Bar (Zurich, Switzerland) 
199. Big Texan BBQ (Honolulu, HI)
200. Bigg Dane and Beale's Texas BBQ (Fontana, CA)
201. Texas BBQ (Slupno, Poland)
202. Meme's Texas BBQ Smokehouse (Whittier, CA)
203. Terrel's Texas BBQ (Portland, OR)
204. Big Tiny's BBQ (Mooresville, NC)

205. Dixie's (Vancouver, BC)
206. JF Texas BBQ (Martinsburg, WV)
207. Lost Texan BBQ (Pleasant View, UT)
208. Percy Street Barbecue (Philadelphia, PA)
209. Billy's Texas BBQ (Boston, MA)
210. Serious Texas Barbeque (Farmington, NM)
211. Mad Jack's BBQ Shack (Cloudcroft, NM)
212. Paris Texas (Paris, France)
213. J&J Bar-B-Que (Toronto, Canada)
214. Cherry Street Bar-B-Que (Toronto, Canada)
215. Adamson Barbecue (Toronto, Canada)
216. Taste of Texas BBQ (The Front Range, CO)
217. No Barbecue (Whaleyville, MD)
218. Texas 202 Barbeque (Brandywine, MD)
219. Shonan Bar-B-Q (Chigasaki, Japan)
220. Post Oak Barbecue (Sacramento, CA)
221. The Roundhouse (Hong Kong)
222. Jethro's Genuine Texas Barbeque (Taos, New Mexico) 
223. Caldwell County BBQ (Gilbert, AZ)
224. The Oak Texas BBQ & Catering (Nashville, TN)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

SXSW 2017 BBQ Guide

The past 6 years, I've published an Austin-area BBQ guide (2010 2011, 201220132014, 2015, & 2016) in honor of Austin's annual South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive/film/music gathering. To help you navigate your way through the crazy number of BBQ joints in and around Austin, I've updated last year's guide. The list not comprehensive. I'm not recommending one over another. The list is not a recommendation list at all, actually. I just want to give you an idea of what Austin offers. Austin BBQ joints listed first, alphabetically. Then, joints outside of town listed by distance from Austin.

AUSTIN:
Black's Barbecue: The Lockhart institution has a spot near UT's campus, on Guadalupe Street. And they have an outdoor patio. 
Brown's Bar-B-Que: A popular trailer on South Lamar, convenient to all of the SXSW action in and around downtown. Recommended orders: brisket, pork ribs, & chicken thighs.
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que: The longtime Llano favorite set up shop in the heart of downtown Austin. Open 7 days a week until 10, with a bar open even later. Valet parking available after 5PM. 
Franklin Barbecue: Arguably the most well-known BBQ joint in the country these days. Get there early, or you might be out of luck. Recommended orders: brisket, pork ribs, & pulled pork.
Freedmen's Bar: Located just west of the UT campus, Freedmen's smoker serves up an array of meats and hearty sides like German potatoes & pit chili. Beer garden. Iconic indoor bar. Recommended orders: brisket, pork ribs, pork belly.
Iron Works BBQA prime location for SXSW'ers, with an outdoor patio, to boot. Recommended orders: brisket, beef rib, and macaroni & cheese.
Kerlin BBQ: Trailer on E. Cesar Chavez with a big following. Recommended order: brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, beef ribs, & house-made pickles.
la Barbecuela Barbecue is a popular BBQ trailer on E. Cesar Chavez. Always crowded, but the line moves well. Recommended order: brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, & chopped-beef sandwich.
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue: An order-off-the-menu spot right by Austin City Hall, Lamberts has an awesome Happy Hour, a killer Sunday brunch, and the best Frito pit around. Live music upstairs. Recommended orders: Frito pie, brisket, pulled pork.
Micklethwait Craft Meats: One of the popular BBQ options east of I-35.  Folks line up daily and watch the chalkboard menu to see what's sold out and what's being added after coming out of the smoker. Recommended order: brisket, beef ribs, potato salad, jalapeno-cheese grits. 
PoK-e-Jo's: With 5 locations in the Austin area, you're not far from the joint whose BBQ is the BBQ you'll find at UT football games. Recommended orders: brisket, turkey, pork ribs, and broccoli-cheese-rice casserole.
Rudy's "Country Store" & Bar-B-Q: With a diverse menu, a staff that takes it time serving samples to "rookies' to help them with their orders, and the option of ordering as much or as little of any meat you want, Rudy's is a great way to ease into Texas BBQ. Recommended order: extra-moist brisket, turkey, & creamed corn (unless you don't like creamed corn that is so rich & sweet that it's suitable for dessert).
Scotty's BBQ: A BBQ trailer on E Cesar Chavez. Recommended orders: brisket and pork ribs.
SLAB BBQ: Located in North Central Austin, SLAB BBQ now has a brick-&-mortar spot to go with it mobile truck. Very popular for huge sandwiches and sliders. An array of sauces, so you can mix and match. They even have a dish called Country Hash: a bowl of rice topped with the BBQ & sauce of your choice, along with peppers, onions, etc.
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew: Located in North Central Austin, Stiles Switch is a market-style joint whose owner and pitmaster hail from nearby Taylor, TX. Great for a big group, it's a welcome addition to North Lamar. Recommended order: brisket, beef ribs, creamed corn, and lemon-juice slaw.

Terry Black's BBQ: Conveniently located on Barton Spring Rd., Terry Black's is a popular spot for BBQ in Central Austin. Recommended order: brisket and beef ribs.
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ: alentina's is a late-night favorite (but open during day, too). Owned/run by a San Antonio native, the trailer serves BBQ with Mexican flare, including salsas, queso, and homemade tortillas.
OUTSIDE AUSTIN:
Schmidt Family Barbecue (Bee Cave, 17 miles west of Austin): With roots in Lockhart, SFB is a very-recent addition to the greater-Austin BBQ scene. Recommended orders: brisket, sausage, & ham.
Cele Store (Manor, 21 miles NE of Austin): A watering hole for farmers during the week, Cele Store serves family-style BBQ Thu-Sat. Call ahead to reserve a table. You might recognize the place from scenes in Secondhand Lions, A Perfect World and Texas Chainsaw Massacre I, II and III. Recommended order: Just go family style, & be sure to make a chopped-beef sandwich with your white bread, cheese, onions, pickles, & sauce.
The Salt Lick (Driftwood, 24 miles SW of Austin): With a rustic ambiance and a picture-perfect pit behind the cash register, TSL is a great spot to enjoy smoked meat away from the sounds of the city. BYOB. Cash only (but ATM on site). Recommended order: all-you-can-eat family style.
Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse & Southside Market (Elgin, 25 miles east-ish of Austin): Famous for its sausage, Elgin is an easy drive from A-town. These two joints are a stone's throw from each other, so stop into both. Recommended orders: brisket, sausage, & beef ribs (Meyer's).
Smitty's Market/Kreuz Market/Black's Barbecue (Lockhart, 29 miles south of Austin): Lockhart, dubbed by the Texas Legislature as "The Barbecue Capital of Texas," is a Texas BBQ rite of passage.  Recommended orders: pork ribs and sausage (Smitty's), pork ribs and ham (Kreuz), beef ribs and turkey (Black's).
Opie's Barbecue (Spicewood, 34 miles west of Austin): An easy drive out beautiful Hwy. 71. Offering an array of smoked meats, sides, and desserts, all homemade. Recommended orders: sweet-and-spicy ribs, pulled pork (weekends), spicy corn, tater-tot casserole, and banana pudding.
Hays Co. Bar-B-Que (San Marcos, 34 miles south of Austin): Very popular family-run joint. All the smoked meats, including house-made sausages. Huge smokers, a bar, a stage, and games out back around the patio. Recommended orders: brisket, jalapeno-cheese sausage, and half chicken.
Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor, 39 miles NE of Austin): Get ready for the unmistakable smell of BBQ-pit smoke as you walk in, and check out what the smoke has done to the walls of this school-gymnasium-turned-restaurant. Recommended orders: brisket, beef ribs, turkey, & potato salad.
Hwy 29 BBQ (Bertram, 43 miles NNW of Austin): The little town of Bertram has a newish BBQ joint that is attracting more and more people. Great old building, with a pit out back. Recommended order: brisket, pork ribs, & sausage.
Snow's BBQ (Lexington, 52 miles ENE of Austin) & City Meat Market (Giddings, 55 miles east of Austin): Snow's is open only on Saturday from 8 AM until they run out. Be sure to eat outside by the pits. Recommended order: pork shoulder, brisket, & chicken. When you're done, head 17 miles down Highway 77 to the sleepy town of Giddings for a no-frills meal at City Meat Market, which started as a butcher shop. Recommended order: pork shoulder & sausage.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Valentina's VIP Appreciation Dinner

Unfortunately, I couldn't attend, but Brad is representing us tonight at Valentina's VIP Appreciation Dinner. I'm living it vicariously, via text message. Here's the huge menu for the evening: