Category Archives: Rural Texas

The State Of Chips And Salsa In Austin Texas Part Five: El Rincon

While not in Austin proper, El Rincon is just up the road a bit in verdant Pflugerville, Texas, 13 miles up Cameron/Dessau Road and in the heart of the old downtown area. Open since the 1980s this is one hell … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: JC’s Backyard Barbecue In Granger, Texas

I did what I always do when I’m in a small town in Texas and on the hunt for barbecue. I post up in a parking lot of a quick mart and make idle conversation with strangers filling up their … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Cactus Rose In Williamson County Texas

One of the great old-school Texas roadhouses, Cactus Rose sits quietly alongside hwy 95 just north of that great trove of Central Texas barbecue; Taylor. This is where I go to escape the big city life that is the Austin … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Barron’s Hamburger Haven In Thorndale Texas

I’m always on the lookout for a world class hamburger as the form exists, perhaps a notch below my all time favorite food group; barbecue, Texas barbecue to be specific. During a smoked meat run through Central Texas this past … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: West End Cafe And Barbecue In Taylor Texas

Never can catch these guys open. I decided to knock out 3 chapters of the Texas Barbecue Book this weekend by running up through Taylor to hit West End Cafe and Barbecue then on to Thorndale to visit Thorndale Meat … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Mesquite’s Barbecue In Lubbock Texas

Walking down a dark alley with a thick haze of smoke in the air from the barbecue pit, things look pretty promising at Mesquite’s Barbecue located hard up against the campus of Texas Tech University. The inside of the old … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: J&M Barbecue In Lubbock Texas

Impressive pit. Impressive look and feel to J&M Barbecue but the part where the rubber meets the road, the meat, not impressed at all. The brisket arrives and it’s sliced into several good looking hunks but there is little flavor. … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Tom And Bingo’s Barbecue In Lubbock Texas [est.1952]

This is where the conversation begins on Lubbock barbecue. Tom and Bingo’s is the most well known of all the area smokehouses and with good reason. The hickory smoked meats show the hand of a skilled pit boss with decades … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Bigham’s Smokehouse In Lubbock Texas [est. 1978]

I had a lot of eating to do in a short period of time in Lubbock, Texas recently. Bigham’s Smokehouse is one of the local barbecue joints that gets a lot of mention when you’re in research mode so it … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Feast Of The Epiphany In Lubbock Texas

Rolled out to Lubbock Texas last week for a combination of barbecue research and to help cook a Feast Of The Epiphany supper for an old chef buddy’s family; the Walters. I’ll be writing more about this later but for … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Storm’s Drive In Lampasas Texas

Robbie IraDell Storm (born 1911)  passed away on New Years Day back in 2009. She was a remarkable woman. Born IraDell Upton, she was the 3rd of 10 children born to Ira Upton. I stumbled upon a hilarious anecdote she … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Josie’s Burritos #4 In Lubbock Texas

High dollar Mexican food in Lubbock, Texas? Yes. Josie’s Burritos is a legendary Mexican joint out on the western plains of the great state. It’s been around forever and has always been known as a good 24/7 source for big, … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Peter’s Barbecue In Ellinger Texas

Peter’s Barbecue in Ellinger, Texas is a good, sleeper pick down in Fayette County. It’s a stone’s throw from Hruska’s,  the legendary Kolache shop and is just down the road a spell from Gil Vrazel’s Barbecue Shack where Mary Vrazel … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Prause Meat Market In LaGrange

Down in LaGrange Texas sits one of the finest barbecue houses in the great state of Texas. Established in the 1890s this is where we go to get bone in beef brisket, pluperfect Texas hot guts sausages and custom cut … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Baldera’s Barbecue In Waelder Texas

One of my favorite pit rooms in the state of Texas is at Baldera’s down in Waelder, Texas. I’ve waxed philosophic about this room for years dating all the way back to  the ownership of Dan Eureste [RIP] which began … Continue reading

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On Giant Afros, Smoked Brisket And Pot Belly Stoves: Alexander’s Barbecue In Cedar Creek Texas

Sometimes you stroke one out of the park. After a long meander out through the East Travis County countryside, I find myself in Bastrop County, and faced with the choice of rolling through downtown Bastrop or hitting Hwy 21 and … Continue reading

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Barbecue Shootout in Bosque County: Two Hundred of Texas’ Top Pit Bosses Vie For $20,000.

Like Diane Arbus one of my favorite things to do is go a place I’ve never been. With this in mind I set out for the National Championship Barbecue  Cook off in Meridian, Texas on this glorious Autumn weekend. This … Continue reading

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2011 Hill Country Barbecue Shoot Out In Leander Texas: Final Showdown Before Nationals

The far reaches of northern Travis county have been scorched by the unrelenting Texas sun. It’s easy to tell where underground streams flow because that’s the only real estate occupied by living trees. Everything else has been blasted by the … Continue reading

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Central Texas Hot Guts Project Part Two: Family Tradition Barbecue Waelder, Texas

Back in the 1960’s Texas labor laws were a mite lax. For instance, an 8 year old boy might find himself working in a hot guts factory in Waelder, Texas. Such is the tale of Jerry Fogle, itinerant pit boss … Continue reading

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Shotgun Shells, Hot Guts And Smoked Brisket: Taylor Texas SPJST Barbecue Cook Off

Riding towards the eastern edge of Williamson County,  the fertile blackland prairie is  pretty in a high lonesome way. The horizon’s a hundred miles away and the giant blue sky holds sway over freshly picked cotton fields. The role of … Continue reading

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