Sunday, May 13, 2012
Are the best briskets in Texas not for sale?
As I type this, my neighbor across the street is in his driveway smoking a brisket, just as he does every Sunday. It makes me think about how many people throughout the state are also regular brisket smokers. I can't tell you how many times someone has told me that "my dad" or "my uncle" or some other family member "makes the best brisket." Biased as some of these folks may be, I wonder how many homemade briskets out there could go toe-to-toe with the best brisket served by Texas BBQ joints. Are the best briskets in Texas the ones in people's driveways, in people's backyards? Like my neighbor, I wonder how many people smoke a brisket every week, how many people have been smoking briskets for years, how many people have their own recipe/style/technique for smoking brisket. I'm not talking about people on the competition-BBQ circuit. I'm talking about the layman who cooks for his family. Unless I begin getting random invites, I will never have the chance to taste these homegrown briskets. But maybe you have tasted it and can let us know how it is. So, today, I launch a new blog feature: Backyard BBQ. Send me your brisket (or any other smoked meat) pictures, reviews, recipes, whatever, and I'll tag them all "Backyard BBQ." And if you'd like to invite me over for some brisket, I welcome that, too!