We launched Man Up Texas BBQ back in August 2008, so this was our first full calendar year - and it was a great one! I'm pretty sure that even some Man Uppers wouldn't have expected this experiment to be around - much less growing - after almost a year and a half, but here we are. Soooooo, you'd better recognize. Or not. That's fine, too. Regardless, a look back at 2009 is in order. I don't want to bore you with a long, mechanically-sound narrative, so here are the highlights. We...
Had BBQ at 51 different places (several more than once), including 39 we'd never visited (at least not for the blog)
Handed out Best of 2008 awards
Entered into the wild-and-wooly fray that is social media. We're on Twitter, have a Facebook group, and created a Texas BBQ group on Ning.
Took part in the 1st annual BBQ Bowl
Saw 2 couples in our crew get hitched and a 3rd get engaged - soooo, strictly going on percentages, if you're single and don't want to be, you should probably join us
Got business cards
Started selling merchandise
Starting linking reviews to Urbanspoon
Added 5 new blog features: Q&A, Texas BBQ Wannabes, Question of the Day, Polls, and Reader Reviews
In conjunction with our outings, we saw a Cory Morrow show, toured the Shiner brewery and a sausage factory, took a dip in Hamilton Pool, saw some Texas high school championship football games, hit up several cigar lounges, and celebrated some birthdays
Posted our third installment of BBQ 101
Smoked a brisket and blogged about it throughout the day
Smoked a second and third brisket and streamed it live on the internet
Ventured outside of Texas and had BBQ in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Germany, Russia, Brazil, and Argentina
Held 3 new rounds of Battle BBQ
Launched our first Texas BBQ Giveaway
Sincerest thanks to everyone who follows us. It was a fantastic year, and we expect 2010 to be even better. We've got some cool things in the works, so we hope you'll stay with us. From all of us at Man Up Texas BBQ, very best wishes for the new year!