Chasing BBQ: Texas Road Trip
with Mike Johnston
When you're heading out on the road trip of a lifetime, you've got to start big. That's why we're kicking off our Chasing BBQ journey in Texas where everything really is bigger - including the number of barbecue options along the way. I made over 30 stops in the Lone Star state! Want to learn more about these joints that are dishing up some of the country's best 'cue? Check out the complete list of Texas stops below, then click through to read my Road Journal entries and find out more about these barbecue hot spots.
|First stop: Pody's BBQ in Pecos, TX.|
1330 S. Cedar St.
Owner: Israel “Pody” Campos
Don’t Miss: Ribs, brisket (made with Savory Spice black pepper), and green pepper hominy
3714 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX
Owner: Chris Conger
Highlights: Fatty brisket, chicken, ribs, and the sauces
TWO BROS. BBQ MARKET
12656 West Ave.
San Antonio, TX
Pitmaster: Javier Rodriguez
Must Try: Brisket, pork loin, ribs, and their baked beans – which have peaches in them
THE GRANARY ‘CUE & BREW
602 Avenue A
San Antonio, TX
Chef: Tim Rattray
Brewer: Alex Rattray
Highlights: Housemade sausage & creative dinner menu
|A tray at Hay's Co. Barbeque featuring their sausage "donuts."|
HAY’S CO. BARBEQUE
San Marcos, TX
GM: Jessie Miranda III
Pitmaster: Aaron Hernandez
Can’t Miss: The Donuts (house made sausage rings)
215 N. Main St.
Manager: Chad Nevill (4th Generation)
Don’t Miss: Beef Rib (ginormous!) and Black’s BBQ Sauce
LULING CITY MARKET
633 East Davis St.
Manning the pits: Alex
Must Have: Ribs & Sausage
208 S. Commerce St.
Owners: Nina Schmidt Sells, Jim Sells, John Fullilove
Come For: The history
Stay for: The aged wood smoked bbq: ribs and sausage
|Kruez Market's legendary pitmaster Roy Perez hasn't taken a day off or a vacation in 28 years.|
619 N. Colorado St.
GM & Pitmaster: Roy Perez
Must Try: Everything! Jalapeno cheddar sausage is highly recommended
1906 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Owners: LeAnn Mueller and Ali Clem
Pitmaster: Esaul Ramos (who uses Savory Spice at home!)
Right Hand Man: Frank (he’s a 2am starter)
Can’t Miss: Brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, and the sauces (sides are on the list to try next time!)
2402 San Gabriel St.
Pitmaster: Evan LeRoy
Gotta Try: Smoked beets, jalapeno glazed ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and brisket blossom cookies
MICKLETHWAIT CRAFT MEATS
1309 Rosewood Ave
Owner & Pitmaster: Thomas Micklethwait
Don’t Miss: Beef ribs, sausage, and the savory kolaches
|A tray full of delicious eats at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew where Mike learned the secrets of making juicy turkey.|
STILES SWITCH BBQ & BREW
6610 N. Lamar Blvd.
Owner: Shane Stiles
Pitmaster: Lance Kirkpatrick
Favorites: Beef ribs, jalapeno cheddar sausage, and (juicy!) turkey
LOUIE MUELLER BBQ
206 W. Second St.
Owner: Wayne Muller (Louie’s grandson)
Come for: The history and hospitality
Stay for: The huge beef ribs and the beans
516 Main St.
Owner: Kerry Bexley
Pit Boss: Ms. Tootsie Tomanetz
Favorites: Brisket, chicken and potato salad
SOUTHSIDE MARKETY & BARBEQUE
1212 Hwy 290 E.
Pitmaster: Robert “Pony” Wells
Highlights: Jalapeno sausage, mutton, pork steaks, and the “sausage slammer” (half jalapeno stuffed with cheese, wrapped in house made pan sausage then wrapped in bacon)
JOHN MUELLER MEAT CO.
2500 E. 6th St.
Owner: John Mueller
Try This: Beef and pork ribs, sriracha slaw, creamy yellow squash
|Valentina's, a food trailer where you can get your barbecue taco-style.|
VALENTINA’S TEX MEX BBQ
7612 Brodie Ln.
Owner: Miguel Vidal
Must Have: Tacos! Love the barbecue on tacos and the homemade flour tortillas were outstanding
900 E. 11th St.
Owner and Pitmaster: Aaron Franklin
Gotta Have: Brisket, turkey, and smoky sausage, and the sauces
Fun Fact: Franklin cues up Halal friendly meats
ROEGELS BARBECUE CO.
2223 S. Voss Rd.
Owner & Pitmaster (and Savory Spice customer): Russell Roegels
Gotta Have: Turkey, bacon & onion green beans, and bourbon banana pudding
THE BRISKET HOUSE
5775 Woodway Dr.
Owner: Wayne Kammerl
Highlights: Pickle and cheese with your barbecue, ribs, and potato salad
|An enviable pile of beef ribs at Killen's Barbecue in Pearland, TX.|
3613 E. Broadway St.
Owner (and Savory Spice customer): Ronnie Killen
Favorites: Complete barbecue tray! Chicken, barbecue pork belly, sausage, bread pudding
519 S. Eastman Rd.
Owner & Pitmaster: Curt Carter
Can’t Miss: Boudin/boudain, ribs, potato salad
STANLEY’S FAMOUS PIT BARBECUE
525 S. Beckham Ave.
Owners: Nick and Jen
Pitmaster: Jonathan Shaw
Gotta Try: Mother Clucker – Cadillac Style, ribs, potato salad, slaw
102 Jet Dr.
Owners & Pitmasters: Rickey & Laura
Highlights: Beef and pork ribs, banana pudding, and Katherine’s fried pies
2702 Main St.
Owners: Justin & Diane
Favorites: Brisket and bbq sauces
|Rooster's Roadhouse, a bar and burger joint that also serves up some tasty barbecue.|
113 Industrial St.
GM: Mike Wing
Can’t Miss: (mayo rubbed!) turkey and (pickled) slaw
BET THE HOUSE BARBECUE
508 S. Elm St. Suite 109
Pitmasters: Cody Smithers, Shawn Eagle, Jess Swann
Try This: Brisket and ribs, cumin spiced potato salad, and black beans
1301 N. Tennessee St.
McKinney, TX (second location in Frisco, TX)
Owners: Dustin Blackwell & Tim Hutchins
Favorites: Brisket, sausage (hot link and jalapeno), turkey
201 E. Hattie
Fort Worth, TX
Owner: Travis Heim
Don’t Miss: Ribs, bacon burnt ends, @bbqsnobsandwich, banana pudding
THE SLOW BONE BBQ
2234 Irving Blvd.
Owner: Jack Perkins
Must Have: Smoked brisket tamales, greens, fresh pea salad, cornbread pudding