Thursday, March 20, 2014

Texas Barbecue Extravaganza!

Tomorrow, Friday March 21st, Matt Abbott and Mike Cournoyer and I are taking off for a four day Texas Barbecue Brisket and Ribs personal tour!

Mike and I have fancied ourselves as qualified backyard pitmasters for a few years now tackling ribs, smoked pulled pork, even the challenging beef brisket, among other smoked and grilled fare.   But as anyone in Texas will point out, and they like to do that, you have not had smoked barbecue until you've been to Texas!  And with Franklins Barbecue getting hot national press in Food and Wine, Bon Apetite and  more...we had to see for ourselves.

Well a little research led to a lot of research!  We even discovered the Texas BBQ Posse!!!  With the help of former fellow Minnesotan Gary Jacobson, and his fellow Texas Posse member friends...they steered us to more and more information, reviews, maps, and commentary on the BEST that Texas barbecue has to offer.  See their blog at   Its amazing!!

Together with advice from the Posse, a bunch of personal research, and the fine folks at Texas Monthly Magazine with their huge review of the Best BBQ in Texas....we have a plan that will make any grown man moo.

Of course our eyes and stomachs, and eager appetites are probably outsized to begin with, but we have a plan to hit some of the finest Pitmasters in Texas for a taste test and comparison of ribs, brisket, and the famous smoked sausage of Texas.  Most of these joints are centered around Austin, Lockhart, and Lexington, Texas.  Our plan is to fly into Dallas on Friday night, pick up a car and head south!

First stop will be Millers Smokehouse, in Belton Texas.  This will be a quick stop on our way to Austin, and an evening of fine cocktails and smoked BBQ at Freedmen's Bar in downtown Austin Friday night!!

Watch and check back for live updates!  Feel free to add comments, contact us, or add your two cents worth.  But for now...we are the Minnesota Golden Gopher BBQ Posse coming to see what Texas has to offer!!

In the meantime, sit back, smell the smoke, sip a craft bourbon, and browse the gorgeous furniture at the Granary WoodShops


  1. Here's one you may have overlooked....
    Yours in tofu, MML

  2. Looks like a great trip...Have fun!