Reviews

Jake’s Bar-B-Que

Jacob and Marlena Beran wanted out of Barefootz corner store, and Greg “Barefoot” Tarnowski was happy to see them go. So the Berans moved opened up shop two blocks away, and Barefoot fired up a pit of his own. Thus,on a dead end road in Dime Box, a Sunday morning barbecue rivalry was born. Dime Box is a tiny unincorporated town of about 300, just south of Old Dime Box. In 1912, Southern Pacific built a…

Big D Barbecue

Sometimes the difference between good barbecue and bad barbecue is just a small tweak away. In the case of Big D Barbecue in Mansfield, that tweak can actually be physically measured—and it’s a mere eighth of an inch. Given the staff’s passion for barbecue, each time I returned I hoped to find something to praise, yet I always left disappointed. After almost two years away, I stopped in again to find my hopes realized. The restaurant is…

Iron Works BBQ

It’s important that Iron Works serves good barbecue. As a barbecue joint in downtown Austin, one that is just steps away from the convention center, I’d wager that more Austin visitors get their first taste of Texas barbecue at Iron Works BBQ than anywhere else. General manager Aaron Morris agrees. “Something that’s been a focus of my time here is to give the best representation we can,” he told me while I ate a plate of…

Flores Barbecue

In June, Michael and Hali Wyont celebrated the grand opening of Flores Barbecue. They were in San Marcos, Michael’s hometown, with a new business and a baby on the way. “We weren’t in a prime location,” Michael told me as he sliced brisket inside their barbecue trailer. They also faced stiff competition in town from established names like Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Kent Black’s BBQ. So, after the baby was born, Michael and Hali decided to try out opening up in Hali’s…

Juicy Pig Barbecue

Juicy Pig, which opened in Denton nearly a year ago, brought together local restaurateur Ken Currin and Pam Chittenden, who was known for her roving dining events called PamFood. Chittenden was new to barbecue, but took to the pits according to early reports about Juicy Pig. She has since left the restaurant, but Chittenden left her stamp on the menu, which is far more adventurous than at most barbecue joints. Smoked jackfruit is the new vegetarian barbecue…

Local Yocal Backyard

McKinney now has a barbecue truck, but it wasn’t an easy path. The suburb north of Dallas took so long to allow food trucks (they were illegal per city ordinance until last year) that the mobile food bandwagon was gone before the city had the chance to hop on. Restrictions like minimum distances between food trucks and restaurants (300 feet), and even other food trucks (1,000 feet) are still in place, which is why you might find them…

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