Monday, February 28, 2011

QOTD: What makes the best BBQ sandwich?

What BBQ protein goes best between bread? Brisket? If so, chopped or sliced? Ham? Turkey? Pulled pork? Pork loin? Sausage? Chicken? What's your sandwich meat of of choice? (Flashback: QOTD: What's your favorite BBQ sandwich?)

Coming up...

Pictures from first meat at Pecan Lodge (Dallas)

Menu and pics from dinner Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa (Bastrop)

Jennifer's pictures from our most recent visit to Snow's BBQ (Lexington)

Pictures from our first group outing to City Meat Market (Giddings)

Pictures from The County Line (Austin)

SXSW BBQ guide

Pics from this past Friday night's dinner at Rudy's (Austin)

I take some folks from Napa out for BBQ this weekend.

*Don't forget that today is the last day (1) to enter our Desert Smoke BBQ giveaway & (2) for Twitter followers of The Q Card to get 2 cards for the price of 1 ($10).

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Riley's Bar-B-Q (Blanco, TX) has closed.

I hate these posts about Texas BBQ joints going out of business. I'm late on this, but I just found out that Riley's Bar-B-Q in Blanco has shut down; but at least you can still get their BBQ at Albert Dance Hall, where they do some catering. Good luck to all of the Rileys.

Last pics from Super Bowl Media Party

Penultimate round of Brad's Super Bowl Media Party pics

Friday, February 25, 2011

Readers' Choice Award: Best Overall of 2010

Winner: City Meat Market (Giddings, TX)

Others receiving votes: Franklin, Louie Mueller, Augie's, Opie's, Snow's, Black's, Smitty's, Cooper's, Miller's (Belton), City Market (Luling), Randy White's, Mann's, Rudy's, The Salt Lick, Vitek's, Kreuz, Baker's Ribs, Milt's, Old School, Cattleack

The BBQ Snob in action

Check out this article (with pic & video) about my good buddy Daniel "BBQ Snob" Vaughn. He's now been to more than 400 BBQ joints. Respect.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Readers' Choice Award: Best Brisket of 2010

Winner: Franklin Barbecue (Austin, TX)

Others receiving votes: Milt's, Opie's, Black's, Augie's, Cooper's, The Salt Lick, Snow's, City Market (Luling), City Meat Market (Giddings), Louie Mueller, Mills County, Pecan Lodge, Smitty's, Rudy's, Randy White's, Baker's Ribs, Kreuz, Granzin, Cattleack

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Texas BBQ Wannabes: 54-55

Credit the BBQ Snob for both of these:

54. Texas Tony's BBQ Shack (Naples, Florida)

55. Roosters Texas Style BBQ & Steakhouse (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)
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 - Texas Style 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 - Mesquite Smoked Texas Style BBQ (Corona, CA)
30. Cedar River Smoke House - Texas Style BBQ (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. Texas Pride Barbecue (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)

Update on Gettin' Sauced!

Our 2nd Annual Gettin' Sauced! BBQ sauce contest/festival will be held Saturday, August 27, 2011, at Independence Brewing Co. (Austin, TX). Start and end times TBD, but look for an afternoon event lasting about 3 hours.

The contest portion of Gettin' Sauced! will feature 2 divisions (Restaurant & Vendor), with several sauce categories within each division. For each division, winners will be chosen for each category, and an overall division winner will be chosen. Sauces will be tasted blindly by a panel of judges. For the festival portion of Gettin' Sauced!, hundreds of attendees will sample sauces & food from vendors, hear live music, enter to win door prizes, & pick a People's Choice sauce winner.

Tickets are now on sale (Click here.), and prices are based on month of purchase:

February & March: $8
April & May: $9
June: $10
July: $11
August (and at the gate on the day of the event): $12

Everyone who attends the event may participate in the People's Choice voting. If you would like to serve on the panel of judges for the contest portion of the event, you may purchase a judge's ticket for $15 (cash, check, or PayPal). Judges' slots are limited.

To all the BBQ joints, caterers, and BBQ sauce vendors out there: It doesn't matter where you are, you're eligible to enter. If you are unable or don't want to attend the event, you can simply enter the "SAUCE" registration level and send your sauce submission(s) in advance, per the instructions on the entry form. We already have entries coming in from places nowhere near Texas, so we encourage you to take part, regardless of your location!

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