Chef Chris Shepherd with BBQuest host Kelsey Pribilski at Gatlin's BBQ in Houston

Chef Chris Shepherd with BBQuest host Kelsey Pribilski at Gatlin’s BBQ in Houston

Some people plan their Texas travel around stopping at the most legendary and buzzed-about barbecue restaurants in the state. BBQuest, a new show on Hulu, is for those people.

Produced by the Texas Beef Council, BBQuest’s first season, airing this spring, features four 20-minute episodes.

Kelsey Pribilski, the self-described “barbecue enthusiast” host, visits Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, eating at three barbecue joints in each destination. Part of her “quest” involves searching for off-the-menu dishes.

She’s guided by chefs and notable food personalities, including chefs Chris Shepherd of UB Preserv in Houston and John Tesar of Knife in Dallas. Along with dining at places like B&D Ice House in San Antonio and Heim Barbecue in Fort Worth, the guides take time to stop at attractions such as The Orange Show art installation in Houston and Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio.

Among the secret menu items featured are beef tongue ssam at Korea House in Houston and “The Pitmaster” bloody mary at Cooper’s Old-Time Pit BBQ in downtown Austin.

BBQuest truly tells the story of the culinary creativity that we are so proud of in our state,” Executive Producer Rachel Chou says. “ Our hope is that those who stream the series on Hulu will be inspired to take a BBQuest of their own and enjoy all of the flavor Texas has to offer.”

The second season will air this fall.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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