Category Archives: Rural Texas

43 Years Ago Today The Chicken Ranch In La Grange Texas Was Shut Down

43 years ago today, Wednesday August 1st, 1973, the Chicken Ranch in La Grange Texas was shut down.

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2016 Sweetwater Texas Rattlesnake Round-Up Breaks Record

24,262 pounds of rattlesnake were harvested and sold in Sweetwater, Texas this past weekend (March 2016) at the 58th annual rattlesnake round-up. The Sweetwater Jaycees (producers of the event) had to call off the buying of the snakes when their … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: El Taco Tejano

I traveled out to San Antonio recently to blaze a barbacoa trail across that dusty old town. That dust is being blown away by all the new money blowing into Bexar County but it’s unlikely barbacoa will be hard to … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: 2015 World Championship Goat Cook Off In Brady Texas

If I can only get to Texas once per year it will always be for the World Championship Goat Cook Off held in Brady. McCulloch County is one of the top producing regions in USA for sheep and goat and … Continue reading

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Watch Molly Schuyler Take The 72 Ounce Steak Challenge At The Big Texan

Molly Schuyler Takes The Big Texan Challenge In Amarillo Texas

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The Price Of Green Lawns In Travis County: Texas Rice Farmers Forced Out Of Business

Brilliant article in this morning’s Houston Chronicle on the plight of the Texas rice farmers. With the Travis County region’s population boom, and attendant thirst for water, Matagorda, and other historical rice farming counties are suffering greatly. That pretty lawn … Continue reading

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Perez Barbecue In Bartlett Texas Is Not Closed

I got wind of a possible closure of Perez Barbecue up in Bartlett, Texas via Twitter last week so I called the family to see if the rumor was true. It’s not. Family patriarch Sodie Perez is recuperating from heart … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Tombstone Texas Bar And Grill In Liberty Hill

One of the nicer new bars I’ve seen open in Central Texas in the past 15 years. Tombstone Texas Bar and Grill is gorgeous. While I have no doubt that it will be embraced by the good people of Liberty … Continue reading

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39th Annual World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off Saturday In Brady Texas

In an upset reminiscent of the great race horse Man O War losing to a 100-1 underdog, Waco Boys Cooking Team did not bring home the much coveted hospitality award at this years cabrito cook-off out in Brady, Texas. If … Continue reading

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THE DEATH OF A TEXAS STEAKHOUSE

In 1972 in Pflugerville, Texas, Charlie Parker flung the doors open on a little roadside steak house in the middle of nowhere and prayed that business would come. And it did. But now, 40 years later, Central Texas has lost … Continue reading

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Food And Wine Compiles List Of America’s Best Barbecue Cities

Jamie Feldmar of Food and Wine magazine was tasked with creating a list of America’s best barbecue cities. As is the case in all of these lists compiled by people who aren’t lifers {barbecue addicts who’ve given their lives to … Continue reading

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Texas Barbecue Photos: Davila’s Barbecue Of Seguin Texas Enters The Food Truck Business

Adrian Davila, son of family patriarch Edward, is entering the food truck business. The Eagle Ford Shale oil boom in south Texas is going to be his focus…for now. From the Seguin Gazette “The oil field lent itself to opportunity … Continue reading

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Texas Barbecue Photos: The Yumm Factory In Lampasas

Gone but not forgotten. I always stopped in at the Yumm Factory on my way out to the big goat cook-off in Brady, Texas. While they served lots of barbecue, I always opted for one of the better, southern-style breakfasts … Continue reading

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Texas Barbecue Photos: Davila’s Barbecue In Seguin, Texas

Flying under the radar since the 1950s in the world of Texas barbecue is tricky business. With the advent of the modern era of food bloggers, facebookers, myspacers and twitterers, it’s difficult to keep your business reserved for the cognoscenti. … Continue reading

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May Is National Barbecue Month: Texans Unite And Celebrate! Cooper’s Barbecue In Mason,Texas

An icon in the world of Texas smoked meat, Cooper’s Barbecue out in Mason is the mothership of all the Cooper’s  that are now scattered around Texas. Consistency is the bane of all barbecue houses and Cooper’s suffers in this … Continue reading

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May Is National Barbecue Month: Texans Unite And Celebrate! Railroad Barbecue In Manchaca, Texas

Railroad Barbecue is rarely brought up when the conversation turns to the best smoked meat in the Austin, Texas area, but I feel it should at least be in the discussion. Established in 1982, the old wood-floored, barbecue cabin feels … Continue reading

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Texas Barbecue Photos: Miller’s Smokehouse In Belton, Texas

I’ve been reading about Miller’s Smokehouse up in Belton, Texas for the past few weeks from the scribes at Full Custom Gospel BBQ and Texas Barbecue Posse. The men behind those barbecue websites were amped up about Austin, Texas quality … Continue reading

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Texas Barbecue Photos: Pit Stop Barbecue In Temple Texas

We made a barbecue run up to Temple and Belton Texas this past weekend to sample the output at Pit Stop Barbecue and Miller’s Smokehouse respectively. These are two recent discoveries that are prime examples of why it pays to … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Perez Barbecue In Bartlett, Texas

Unbelievably good sausage is coming out of the tiny smokehouse, Perez Barbecue up in Bartlett, Texas. It’s a different style than what I’m accustomed to with sage being the predominant (and delicious) flavor. In business for a quarter century, the … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: The Red Rooster In Pflugerville Texas

A beguiling beauty takes her turn at the microphone at The Red Rooster In Pflugerville, Texas. Once a month or so I like to spread my wings a bit and take flight to the northern reaches of Travis County and … Continue reading

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