The Cadillac of Barbecue Smokers Can Be Found in Lockhart

April 11, 2024 | By

Like finely tuned hot rods, the models gleam in the brightly lit showroom. While their designs and styles are all different—some feature shiny chrome that sparkles under the recessed lighting and others bear sturdy black paint and brass accents—they’re all here to inspire and catch fire.

The Daytripper Visits Centerville, the Land of Beef and Blackberries

August 22, 2023 | By Chet Garner

This East Texas hamlet of 905 residents is located on Interstate 45, almost exactly between Dallas and Houston, which led to the popular assumption that the town got its name due to its place between the two metropolitan giants.

Coastal Que BBQ Is the Freshest Catch in Matagorda

June 27, 2023 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Driftwood Offers World-Class Barbecue and Classic Boot Scootin’

February 28, 2023 | By Chet Garner

If you’re traveling through the Hill Country just southwest of Austin, chances are you’ll drive right past this unincorporated town unless you’re really looking for it.

Capturing the Tenacity and Persistence of the Mesquite

June 30, 2022 | By ire’ne lara silva

Distant Relatives Spotlights Plantation Cooking’s Influence on American Barbecue

May 26, 2022 | By Laurel Miller

The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Texas

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14 Events to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Texas

July 1, 2021 | By Cecilia Garzella

Last year, numerous Fourth of July events around the state were cancelled or reimagined for smaller or virtual settings due to COVID-19.

Craft Barbecue is Taking Over Texas’ Suburbs

April 29, 2021 | By Amanda Ogle

‘Cheap Eats’ Host Ali Khan Braves the Line at Snow’s BBQ Reopening

November 16, 2020 | By Ali Khan

I’m an accidental Texan. As a proud L.A.-to-Austin transplant, I have no shame in my preference for In-N-Out over Whataburger, I marvel at why anyone needs to go shopping at Cabela’s, and, yeah, the Houston Astros totally cheated.

The Daytripper Visits the Top Three Barbecue Joints in Taylor

September 24, 2020 | By Chet Garner

How to Make the Best Brisket at Home According to Hutchins BBQ

July 24, 2020 | By Peter Warren

Although the temperatures outside might be nearly equal to those of a post oak-filled pit, summer is still the preferred time of year to hone the barbecue craft—the COVID-19 pandemic has only served as encouragement to give it a shot. Hutchins BBQ, a DFW staple since the 1990s, has simple tips for the home pit master.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Snow’s BBQ in Lexington Keeps Busy Shipping Briskets

July 7, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

Career interests took my dad, John Lomax III, from his native Houston to Music City, USA, almost 50 years ago.

What the Heck is a Texas Twinkie?

January 31, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Despite its name, a Texas Twinkie is not a delicious spongy dessert—but it is stuffed with all the good things in life.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Founder is Posthumously Inducted into the 2019 BBQ Hall of Fame

October 3, 2019 | By Laurel Miller

Legendary pitmaster C.B. Stubblefield, who owned restaurants in Lubbock and Austin, receives his due

How to Whip Up the Perfect Tailgate Menu

September 10, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

The Harrises have crafted eight full-blown menus that offer themes such as “Serious Brunch” and “Festa Italiana.” Of course, you’ll also find crowd-pleasers such as chili and barbecue in the book, too. 

Pendery’s in Fort Worth Has Been Creating Exotic Spices and Chile Blends for 150 Years

July 24, 2019 | By Susan L. Ebert

Step beneath the top hat logo gracing the dormer over the front porch of Pendery’s World of Chiles and Spices in Fort Worth, close your eyes, and breathe deep: Intermingled fragrances from exotic lands flood your olfactories—perfumed Sri Lankan cinnamon; pungent Iranian cumin; sultry Jamaican allspice; smoky Spanish paprika; and chiles, lots and lots of chiles.

Celebrate Fourth of July with These Tasty Recipes

July 3, 2019 | By Jacqueline Aguirre

Whether you plan to spend Independence Day with a cookout, barbecue, or picnic, we’ve got crowd-pleasing recipes that are sure to keep your guests satisfied.  

Learn How to Make the Perfect Brisket at This Adults-Only Summer Camp

June 19, 2019 | By Wes Ferguson

On the first morning of Camp Brisket, professor Davey Griffin begins to sharpen his knives before a rapt audience of barbecue aficionados. Griffin is wearing thick safety glasses, blue Kevlar gloves, and two aprons tied around his waist—a white apron on top of another one made of chainmail. On Griffin’s head is an Aggie-maroon hardhat.
Safety first, brisket second.

New TV Show Tours Texas BBQ Joints

April 26, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

The first season of BBQuest features barbecue restaurants in four major cities

Aaron Franklin Dishes on His New Steak Cookbook

April 2, 2019 | By Laurel Miller

Aaron Franklin, of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, talks about his new steak cookbook.

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Belton

March 19, 2019 | By Chet Garner

When cruising I-35, far too many folks fly right past this historic Central Texas town. But with a scenic lake, iconic courthouse, and charm to spare, it won’t be long before this little burg follows in the footsteps of Waco and becomes a go-to destination. Here are my top picks to get you exploring.

Chocolate and Barbecue Live in Sweet-Savory Harmony in Tomball

November 29, 2018 | By Mai Pham

Modern barbecue origin stories typically fall into two categories: that of the apprentice who struck out on his or her own, as in the case of Franklin Barbecue in Austin; or that of the backyard enthusiast who gained a cult following before opening a brick-and-mortar, as in the case of Gatlin’s BBQ in Houston. They usually don’t start with small-batch, artisanal chocolate sold at the local farmers market. But at Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue in Tomball, where a handmade chocolate shop is fused with a celebrated, hoppin’ barbecue restaurant, it’s a lot like what Forrest Gump’s mama used to say: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”

Howling for Barbecue

December 15, 2015 | By June Naylor

At 5:30 on Saturday afternoon, my husband and I turn off US 67 onto twisty, narrow Somervell County Road 1004 southwest of Glen Rose.

Comfort Food: Barbecue

October 13, 2015 | By June Naylor

Few topics in the Texas food world get people more excited than barbecue.

Bar-B-Que Renaissance

March 11, 2015 | By

Dallas is well known as the home of innovative chefs like Stephan Pyles and Dean Fearing, landmark restaurants like the Mansion, and a culinary climate of innovation that goes back to the days of the famed Helen Corbitt at Neiman Marcus’ Zodiac Room.

Cue it Up!

July 10, 2014 | By Randy Mallory

When out-of-town guests visit me in Tyler, and their mouths water for barbecue, my choice, hands down, is Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q.

The Art, Spiritual Pursuit, & Culture of BBQ

July 8, 2013 | By Robb Walsh

We weren’t looking for just any barbecue restaurants. We had no interest in places that used electric or gas-fired barbecue ovens.

‘Texas Crutch’ Brisket Recipe

July 2, 2013 | By

Robb Walsh’s new book, Barbecue Crossroads: Notes and Recipes from a Southern Odyssey, is full of tasty barbecue recipes.

Meat Mecca: Joe Cotten’s Barbecue

April 1, 2010 | By Helen Bryant

At 3 p.m. on a Wednesday, I find the parking lot at Joe Cotten’s Barbecue in Robstown (founded in 1947 and home of arguably the best barbecue in South Texas) crowded with pickup trucks.

Texas BBQ: The Meat of the Matter

February 20, 2009 | By Wyatt McSpadden

I grew up in a grocery store in Amarillo. My dad and his brother took over the family business from their father when they returned from World War II.

Follow the Smoke

February 20, 2009 | By John Demers

In the course of this project, I got to meet some terrific Texas people. There is no single theme, other than the willingness to work incredibly hard for incredibly modest rewards, that connects all the makers of Texas barbecue.

Follow the Smoke, Central Texas BBQ

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