Saturday, October 31, 2015

Last public tour of the year!

Up & at 'em! Today is our last Texas Q Tours public tour of 2015. Weather and roads permitting, we're making stops today for breakfast, craft beer, &, Texas BBQ. Though it's our last public tour of the year, we remain available for private tours, as always. So, if you want us to customize a tour just for you, let us know. Updates throughout the day today via Twitter!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Inside Iron Works

Some interior pics from Iron Works BBQ, taken during my last visit there (Austin, TX):

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Big ol' lunch spread at Iron Works BBQ

In late August, I paid my most recent visit to Iron Works BBQ (Austin, TX). Got there before the doors opened at 11 and got in line behind about a dozen or so who were already there. Had a big lunch of brisket, sausage, pulled pork, beef ribs, beans, potato salad, and macron & cheese.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Texas BBQ Wannabe: 143

143. Texas Jack's Barbecue (Arlington, Virginia)

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)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gameday Giveaway: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

This weekend's college Gameday Giveaway is a Big XII battle: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (Saturday, 2:30 PM Central). To be counted, your prediction must include the winner, final score, & total yards (total yards is in case of a tie) and must be submitted by kickoff. This week's prize? A gift basket from Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ  (Austin, TX)! You'll get 4 koozies, 2 t-shirts, 2 bottles of BBQ sauce, & stickers! You can enter your prediction via comment below this post, via email, or via Twitter or Facebook.

Monday, October 26, 2015

BBQ changes in Austin

Mike Sutter has a great piece about a couple of recent moves in the world of BBQ pitmasters. Bill Dumas, the pitmaster at Smokey Denmark BBQ, will leave Smoke Denmark on October 30 and join the team at Stiles Switch on November 1. Kennan Goldis, formerly of Goldis Sausage Co. and currently working under Bill at Smokey Denmark, will take Bill's place. Read all about it.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Best BBQ in Rowlett?

Moving on down our list of Texas cities, by population, we arrive at Rowlett. What's the best BBQ joint in town?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Smith Spot BBQ (Denison, TX) open for business!

I'm a little late announcing this BBQ-joint opening, but I just found out, after they joined Twitter. Smith Spot BBQ opened for business back in June. It's located at 1217 S Austin AVE #102. Open Saturdays from 11AM until sold out. They are available for DFW-area catering. Here's their menu. And check them out on Facebook & Twitter. Some pics from them.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Pit pics from Johnny's

Pics from the pit at Johnny's Steaks & Bar-Be-Que, after our February tour visit (Salado, TX):

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Post-meal tour at Johnny's Steaks & Bar-Be-Que (Salado, TX)

After our February tour group dined at Johnny's, we took a tour of the place. Below are some pics from the cantina and the Outback area, where concerts are held. Pit pics still to come.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Best BBQ in San Marcos?

Moving on with our list of Texas' biggest towns, we arrive at San Marcos, the seat of Hays County, the fast-growing suburb of Austin. What is the best BBQ joint in San Marcos?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Gameday Giveaway: Texas A&M at Ole Miss

This weekend's college Gameday Giveaway is a battle of SEC West teams: Texas A&M at Ole Miss (Saturday, 6 PM Central). To be counted, your prediction must include winner, final score, & total yards (total yards is in case of a tie) and must be submitted by kickoff. This week's prize? A side of pork ribs from Snow's BBQ (Lexington, TX)! You can enter your prediction via comment below this post, via email, or you can tweet it to @ManUpTexasBBQ or via Facebook.

Monday, October 19, 2015

HEB brisket & jalapeño-cheese sausage

Saturday, I tweeted a pic of some HEB brisket my father-in-law served for lunch. Also had HEB flour tortillas (Yes, I put yellow mustard on my brisket tortilla.) and some jalapeño-cheese sausage. The rest of the pics:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Denver friend dines at Mann's

One of my buddies is visiting Austin this weekend, from Denver. Yesterday, he had lunch at Mann's Smokehouse. He texted me this picture of his lunch of pulled pork, jalapeño-cheddar sausage, macaroni & cheese, and mashed potatoes.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pizzitola's BBQ Gameday Giveaway: Week 6

Every time the Houston Texans play, a whole slab of pork ribs from Pizzitola's BBQ is up for grabs! This week's matchup is Houston at Jacksonville (Sunday, noon Central). To enter the giveaway, simply comment via blog comment, FacebookTwitter, or email. You have until kickoff to submit your entry, so don't wait! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

"Texas Highways" Readers' Choice Top 5 Texas BBQ joints

Texas Highways magazine has released its Top 5 Texas BBQ choice, as chosen by its readers. The top 4 hail from Central Texas. Northeast Texas is home to #5. Click here for the list.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Best BBQ in Georgetown?

Moving on with our list of Texas biggest towns...What is the best BBQ joint in Georgetown?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Reader Review: Pizzitola's BBQ (Houston, TX)

Faithful blog follower (and huge Texas BBQ fan) Joe Wagner sent me his thoughts on, and a few pics from, his recent visit to Pizzitola's BBQ (Houston, TX): 

I had the opportunity to dine at Pizzitola's last week.  Sending you pix from my experience. 

Terrific meal.  I got the ribs, which were the best I've had all year.  They had the best beans too.  Excellent taste.   

Couple more pix to come,   But this is the banana desert first.  Has nutmeg and a whole bunch of deliciousness.   

Tim and Betty (my server) we excellent hosts.   Highly recommended Pizzitola's and will be back soon.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gameday Giveaway: Alabama-Texas A&M

This weekend's college Gameday Giveaway is a big SEC matchup: Alabama at Texas A&M (Saturday, 2:30 PM Central). To be counted, your prediction must include winner, final score, & total yards (total yards is in case of a tie) and must be submitted by kickoff. This week's prize? A hat from Hays County Bar-B-Que (San Marcos, TX)! You can enter your prediction via comment below this post, via email, or you can tweet it to @ManUpTexasBBQ or via Facebook.