Having regard to the Houston native Beyoncé and her megahit, Single women, I had to use pun based on what everyone told me about barbecuing. It cooks slowly and slowly, and when you cut it, it is better to have a smoke ring. The distinctive pink color of the ring is located on the edge of the smoked meat. While this is not always a guarantee that the meat will taste good, it is certainly positive. If the spice is not right, it can definitely ruin a great meal.
Every TV chef, backyard grill or BBQ cooking competitor who knows the ring will talk to you about the importance of the ring. So now it’s time to get started. Although I don’t eat barbecue every day from the official world headquarters in San Angelo, I love it.
I don’t remember eating a lot of grilled food when I was younger, but I’ve enjoyed my fair share over the years. What not to like? It’s smoked and spicy and full of flavor. Some spell it barbeque and some barbecue. I don’t care how you write it, if it’s delicious, and I’m invited to the table.
After judging several cooking competitions over the years, including the Goat Cook-off World Championships in Brady several times, I saw quite interesting pits and grills. And after eating a lot of grilled meat, I enjoyed delicious food from restaurants and home cooks across the country. There seems to be no limit to what people can create to make the delicious smoked meat that we all know and love.
My friend’s tips
Since the state is so large and the number of BBQ restaurants is plentiful, I asked others about their favorites. Following are suggestions from my Facebook friends and my Facebook followers How Big is Texas. Enjoy!
- Barbecue at Luling City Market – Heather said she will taste the breasts and sausage, which is served from the old school on butcher paper. She also said that her family was washing away the Big Red.
- The barbecue at the smokehouse in San Angelo – Annetta said it’s amazing and the owners are exceptional.
- Natty Flat Smokehouse in Mineral Wells – Rose’s design, probably best served with a bottle of Crazy Water.
- Pit Room in Houston – Darren enjoys an elote barbecue.
- LJ’s BBQ in Brenham – Darren likes it too.
- Jay’s BBQ Shack in Abilene – Jeff enjoys an El Rey sandwich. Tiffany also suggested their barbecue.
- Heim BBQ in Fort Worth or Dallas – both Tina and Barry’s proposal.
- Mimsy’s Craft Barbecue in Crockett – Michael’s design.
- Burnt Bean Company BBQ in Seguin – Michael’s next proposal.
- Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue in Tomball – Michael’s third draft. What can I say, Michael likes his cues? I get it.
- Smitty’s Market in Lockhart – Shane shared that the fire had not been extinguished for more than 100 years, and even while moving to a new location in the city center, burning logs were transported by bicycle from the city center to the new location.
- Kreuz Market in Lockhart – Jim recommends sausage.
- A real Texas barbecue at College Station – Jim threw away the name too.
- Cattleack Barbeque in Dallas – Cassie shared that it is one of her favorites in Dallas.
- Joseph’s Riverport in Jefferson – Laura said that BMA and Texas Highways wrote about them several times and that Stephen Joseph is the owner and head chef.
- Rejino Barbeque in Olton – Candi says it’s the best selection of the Texas month.
- Butter’s BBQ in Mathis – Sabrina said it’s the best BBQ of all time, and enjoys breasts, ribs, homemade sausage and smoked barbacoa with elote and homemade tortillas on the side.
- Brisket Love Barbecue & Icehouse in Lindale – Mary Kay mentioned it’s the best of the best.
- Chuck’s Country Smoke House in Carthage – Joanie emphasized that it was the best in the area.
- Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano – Darla and Bubba mentioned that it’s nice to find that some things are still the same.
- Evie Mae Barbecue in Wolfforth – Allison designs jalapeño sausage and brisket with potato salad, green chile cheese semolina and their unique cornbread.
- Barbecue Corkscrew in Old Town Spring – Elizabeth says it’s her favorite.
And here is my personal list in no particular order:
- RJ BBQ in San Angelo – love their sandwich with a sliced chest. It was one of the first places I visited when we moved here, so I have a warm spot in my heart … and stomach. They were listed in BMA in 2019. San Angelo is full of great places to eat.
- Riscky at Fort Worth – This is for my husband. She loves their beef ribs, but she loves their Texas fries (a combination of fries, onions, and jalapeños) even more.
- Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood – Just off Buda, where we lived when I worked in Austin, I took many of my friends and family there to enjoy great food and take pictures in front of the pit. I love Marino’s Triple Chop sandwich with breasts, sausage and ribs. And I’m a big fan of their burnt ends.
- The Smoking Oak in Mercedes – Great chest and ribs.
- Leroy and Lewis Barbecue in Austin – Barbacoa, Pork Sausage and Texas Red Chili Frito Pie are my favorites.
- Shugabees in Buda – Love their sliced breast or smoked sausage in an oversized flour tortilla. The first chest I’ve ever seen serving this way.
- As mentioned above by friends, I include both Kreuz Market and Smitty’s Market in Lockhart – We learned of a family dispute between the two restaurants, so Dan and I ordered the exact same food so we could share it at any point to see if we like some. over the other. It was a draw.
While I’m no culinary expert as a publisher of top lists in the state of Texas, I share what I personally like. This list could be even longer because there are so many incredible opportunities in the great state of Texas. Still, it’s a pretty good start.
The parties have it
Now parties may not be such a big deal for many, but I am a big lover of the various options available. Potato salad, coleslaw and beans tend to be quite consistent, but they are definitely not always the same recipes. I prefer mustard potato salad, creamy cabbage salad and beans. And almost every barbecue restaurant offers cucumbers and onions and maybe pickled jalapeño. You can also get a croissant or cornbread, but white bread is a common side dish. There are also some unconventional options, all for victory. I won’t go there with or without sauce. It’s up to you to decide and people like what they like.
Mixin ‘It Up
I’ve even experienced a barbecue incorporated along the sides, allowing for an easy flavor like this BBQ cup with layers of mashed potatoes, breasts and sauces. You can enjoy chest nachos with everything. Or why not take it a step further and add a little poppy and cheese to the sandwich along with the pickled onions. How can you go wrong with any of them?
What other barbecue restaurants do I need to add in the future? Has your favorite been included? Did you know that there is a Texas Barbecue Trail?
Here is one that I have created from all the suggestions on the two lists in this blog. When you close your eyes a little at the map and turn it sideways, it looks a bit like a longhorn beetle’s head. Chance? Hmmm
Thank you for joining me on this BBQ adventure. If you fancy eating in the heart of Texas and enjoying a barbecue, you should have no problem finding it in Lone Star State. Wherever you stop, let’s hope it cooks low and slow… and you see a ring on it. Safe travel and, yes, happy food!
I have been working in tourism for more than 20 years and I am known to have wandered my whole life. I lived in more than 20 cities and towns and had the opportunity to experience different people and places, introduced me to different cultures and allowed me to make friends along the way. I also studied English in college. I’m not saying I’m an excellent writer, proofreader or queen of grammar. I am an amateur photographer and I like to share the beauty of the places I visit and where I live. View all posts by diannbayes