TMBBQ is a multiplatform community of people all over the world who love barbecue. If you’ve ever traveled hours in search of a famous pit, if the sight of a flashing neon “Bar-B-Que” sign has caused you to pull off the highway “just for a taste,” or if you’re simply curious to know what all the fuss is about, this is the place for you. TMBBQ not only helps you find great joints, it serves up news, interviews, and feature stories about barbecue; brings you high-quality barbecue events; and gives you a forum to talk about your favorite—and least favorite—spots and hear what others have to say too. TMBBQ is basically Christmas every day for barbecue-lovers. Merry Christmas.
TMBBQ is brought to you by Texas Monthly, an award-winning general-interest magazine known for its longform journalism, political reporting, reader service, design, and photography. Since the 1970’s, Texas Monthly has also been covering barbecue. The magazine’s first round-up of the state’s twenty best joints came in 1973. That was followed by a second list, this time of the top fifty, in 1997. Since then we have named the top fifty three more times, in 2003, 2008, and 2013. The list is now done quinquennially. In 2010 we launched our annual barbecue festival, the TMBBQ Fest, to which we invite the joints from our top fifty list.
Our barbecue coverage is headed up by Daniel Vaughn, our barbecue editor. Daniel is the only barbecue editor in the country, and the only full-time barbecue editor in American history. (You are welcome, America.) He formerly wrote the barbecue blog Full Custom Gospel BBQ. And he is the author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue, the first book in Anthony Bourdain’s new imprint from Ecco Press. The rest of the Texas Monthly staff also contributes to TMBBQ, beginning with longtime food editor Patricia Sharpe and including resident barbecue hounds Katy Vine, Paul Burka, and the Texanist. The evocative banner photography in the header of the pages of TMBBQ.com is the work of Texas Monthly contributing photographer Wyatt McSpadden, who is quite the barbecue hound himself. Wyatt has shot a number of Texas Monthly’s barbecue stories over the years and is the author of Texas BBQ.
On TMBBQ.com you’ll find reviews of the joints on our current top fifty list, which was released in the June 2013 issue. You’ll also find more reviews of joints all over the state. There are around 2,000 barbecue joints in Texas. Sooner or later, we’ll get to all of them. You can share these reviews via social media and e-mail and comment on all of them. Plus, thanks to our Buzz feature (which shows comments entered from the TMBBQ Joint Finder App for smartphones), you can peer inside the BBQ hive mind (hive stomach?) to see where everyone else is eating and what they’re saying about it.
And speaking of the Joint Finder app, you can download it for free. The mobile app helps you geolocate barbecue anywhere in the world (though we can’t vouch for the stuff it’ll turn up outside Texas) and post your thoughts about what you’re eating. It’s available in both the iTunes Store and Google Play for Android.