BBQ Guides

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San Antonio BBQ Guide

Austin, Dallas–Fort Worth, and Houston may get more attention for their barbecue, but San Antonio’s reputation is rising quickly. Although barbecue growth has slowed in other cities, new joints continue to spring up in San Antonio, and there’s plenty to be excited about. An individual barbecue identity is emerging in San Antonio that doesn’t rely on Central Texas as the dominant influence. The flavors of South Texas find there way into joints like King’s Hwy Brew &…

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Houston BBQ Guide

Houston is enormous. It’s easy to say it’s the largest metropolitan area in Texas, but the size is hard to comprehend until you’ve spent the day driving from one corner to another, like I did last week in search of good barbecue. Consider this: it took me a full hour (without traffic) to travel from the Corkscrew BBQ in Spring to Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland, two of the best in the area. (And yes, I know certain Houstonians would…

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Dallas/Fort Worth Area BBQ Guide

Dallas and Fort Worth have a burgeoning barbecue scene that has come to prominence in just the past five years. The opening of Meshack’s in Garland was closely succeeded by Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas. Over on the Fort Worth side, Billy’s Oak Acres, Jambo’s Rib Shack in Rendon, and BBQ on the Brazos in Cresson have recently joined the established ranks of Cousin’s, Angelo’s, and Railhead. Whereas the Austin BBQ Guide is…

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Austin BBQ Guide

Austin has the greatest concentration of truly excellent barbecue of any city in the world. The 78702 zip code alone features enough stellar barbecue—Franklin Barbecue, la Barbecue, Micklethwait Craft Meats, John Mueller Meat Co., Freedmen’s Bar, and Kerlin BBQ—to make most other cities in Texas blush. Of course, there’s plenty of other great barbecue in the city as well, but sometimes it’s hard to navigate when and where to visit, or what to expect when…