Saturday, March 28, 2015

It's time for a tour!

I'm on the road today with a family for a Texas Q Tours private trip. On the schedule: a bakery, a vodka distillery, & a BBQ joint.  Follow along via Twitter at @ManUpTexasBBQ & @TexasQTours. If you'd like to join a future tour, we have public tours scheduled for April 18 & June 27. And, as always, if you want a customized, guided tour for yourself, your family, your friends, you coworkers, etc., email me for availability & pricing.

Friday, March 27, 2015

1st visit to Heavy's BBQ (Hondo, TX)

Last Saturday, I paid my first visit to Heavy's BBQ in Hondo, TX. Couldn't stay, so I took my order to go. Brisket, pork ribs, & quarter chicken (dark).

Thursday, March 26, 2015

South Austin BBQ coming to Kyle?

For the past few weeks, a "South Austin BBQ Coming Soon" sign has been displayed on the building that used to house Milt's Pit BBQ in Kyle. I called the City of Kyle a while back, and they told me no permits have been filed for a business in that name, as of that time. So, anyone know anything about this?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Best BBQ in Grand Prairie?

We're making our way down the list of Texas' most populous cities and asking what the best BBQ joint is in each town. Our last look was at Irving (#13). Back in October 2013, I asked what the best BBQ in Amarillo is. Amarillo is the 14th-biggest Texas town, so we'll move on to #15: Grand Prairie. What's the best BBQ joint in Grand Prairie, Texas?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Best BBQ at SXSW?

Did you visit Austin for SXSW? If so, did you try some Austin or Austin-area BBQ? Of course you did. So, what was the best BBQ you ate? I'd love to know which BBQ joint(s) you most enjoyed during your time in Austin. So, let's hear it!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Want a BBQ tour out of Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio? Let us know!

To date, all of our Texas Q Tours trips - public and private - have departed from and returned to Austin. But we are more than happy to run tours out of other cities. If there's a demand for it, we'll do it. So, if you want a tour out of Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio (or other cities not too far from Austin), let us know. There are so many spots outside of the Austin area that would be fantastic tour stops, and we'd love to take you to them. So, just want you to know that Austin isn't the only starting point for our tours. If you'd like to join one of our public tours, we have 2 on the schedule now: April 18 and June 27. Each is a 5-stop tour out of Austin. And, as always, if you're interested in a private, guided, customized tour, contact us for availability and pricing.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ending a tour at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ (Austin, TX)

After a Franklin Barbecue brisket & stops at Thirsty Planet Brewing, Hays County Bar-B-Que, Twisted X Brewing Co., & Smokey Denmark's BBQ, we finished our January 24 Texas Q Tours trip at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ. Started with chips, queso, & guacamole, & finished with a spread of smoked meats at house-made flour tortillas.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The rest from Smokey Denmark's at Twisted X

Rest of the pics from Smokey Denmark's BBQ, which was parked at Twisted X Brewing Co. when I took a Texas Q Tours tour there. Pitmaster Bill Dumas was really generous with his time & toys. He let me add some wood to the fire in the smoker, and he let me play with some old knives (That's never a good idea!).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Garden & Gun's Ultimate BBQ Bracket

It's NCAA tournament time, and that usually means a BBQ bracket emerges somewhere. Heck, I published one once...and might again. For now, check out the Ultimate BBQ Bracket from the magazine Garden & Gun. Of the 32 Southern BBQ joints in the bracket, 4 hail from Texas: Pecan Lodge, Franklin Barbecue, la Barbecue, & Kreuz Market. You can vote once per day. Round 1 voting ends March 20 at 10PM ET.