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The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition

One good barbecue article (@Root-Beer Man) deserves another so here's a mid-term update - since the last Top 50 list was published way back in 2017.
 
https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/top-25-new-barbecue-joints-texas/
 
Of the ones in the Houston area (Bellaire, Richmond, Montgomery) I've heard of all of them except the one in Montgomery.  I haven't been to any, though.  As for the rest of the list, not only have I not heard of most of them, I've lived in TX most of my life and never heard of some of these towns " />.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/26 20:43:25 (permalink)
I truly wish that one of them would serve minced whole hog.
 
That said, after 14 years of living here in Texas I am beginning to appreciate 'distinctions' in smoked brisket, yet I still prefer ribeye or filet.  Amazingly, the latter are presently often served at lower price points! 
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/27 20:14:34 (permalink)
Feges has been mentioned as doing whole hog.  I don't see it on the menu but did find this picture on Yelp:

According to Kevin G. who posted the picture in March, 'Whole hog is now on the daily menu.' 
 
Is this what you mean?  I've heard of the minced pork (sandwiches?) but never had one.
 
https://www.fegesbbq.com/
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/28 10:57:26 (permalink)
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One good barbecue article (@Root-Beer Man) deserves another so here's a mid-term update - since the last Top 50 list was published way back in 2017.
 
https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/top-25-new-barbecue-joints-texas/
 
Of the ones in the Houston area (Bellaire, Richmond, Montgomery) I've heard of all of them except the one in Montgomery.  I haven't been to any, though.  As for the rest of the list, not only have I not heard of most of them, I've lived in TX most of my life and never heard of some of these towns " />.

BCNosh, have you been to Blood Brothers BBQ?
Sounds really interesting.
https://www.bonappetit.com/story/blood-bros-bbq
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/28 14:02:44 (permalink)
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One good barbecue article (@Root-Beer Man) deserves another so here's a mid-term update - since the last Top 50 list was published way back in 2017.
 
https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/top-25-new-barbecue-joints-texas/
 
Of the ones in the Houston area (Bellaire, Richmond, Montgomery) I've heard of all of them except the one in Montgomery.  I haven't been to any, though.  As for the rest of the list, not only have I not heard of most of them, I've lived in TX most of my life and never heard of some of these towns " />" />.

BCNosh, have you been to Blood Brothers BBQ?
Sounds really interesting.
https://www.bonappetit.com/story/blood-bros-bbq

Damn, That place looks fantastic.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/28 22:21:42 (permalink)
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I truly wish that one of them would serve minced whole hog.
 
That said, after 14 years of living here in Texas I am beginning to appreciate 'distinctions' in smoked brisket, yet I still prefer ribeye or filet.  Amazingly, the latter are presently often served at lower price points! 

This issue of the Smoke Sheet says Cattleack in Dallas has it occasionally.
Their rest of the menu looks pretty tasty too.
https://mailchi.mp/d8d51c...-joints?e=%5BUNIQID%5D
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/29 08:46:01 (permalink)
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I truly wish that one of them would serve minced whole hog.
 
That said, after 14 years of living here in Texas I am beginning to appreciate 'distinctions' in smoked brisket, yet I still prefer ribeye or filet.  Amazingly, the latter are presently often served at lower price points! 

This issue of the Smoke Sheet says Cattleack in Dallas has it occasionally.
Their rest of the menu looks pretty tasty too.
https://mailchi.mp/d8d51c...-joints?e=%5BUNIQID%5D



That's true...1st Saturday of the month...
 
Next opportunity is Saturday September 7th...
 
MetroJim...got your Scott's sauce???
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/29 11:05:48 (permalink)
We will be back in Big D the first weekend in February.  Hey, that's when Cattleack BBQ will be open on a Saturday.  What a coincidence!
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/29 11:13:10 (permalink)
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MetroplexJim
I truly wish that one of them would serve minced whole hog.

That said, after 14 years of living here in Texas I am beginning to appreciate 'distinctions' in smoked brisket, yet I still prefer ribeye or filet.  Amazingly, the latter are presently often served at lower price points! 

This issue of the Smoke Sheet says Cattleack in Dallas has it occasionally.
Their rest of the menu looks pretty tasty too.
https://mailchi.mp/d8d51c...-joints?e=%5BUNIQID%5D



That's true...1st Saturday of the month...
 
Next opportunity is Saturday September 7th...
 
MetroJim...got your Scott's sauce???




Yes, I do.
And I will have it along.
Though I will also sample some of theirs.
I'll coordinate further via PM.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/29 11:21:15 (permalink)
Schlotz, you’ve been there? They sound like Smokin’ Guns in KC, competition winners who open a brick and mortar shop with (very) limited hours.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/29 12:22:30 (permalink)
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One good barbecue article (@Root-Beer Man) deserves another so here's a mid-term update - since the last Top 50 list was published way back in 2017.
 
https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/top-25-new-barbecue-joints-texas/
 
Of the ones in the Houston area (Bellaire, Richmond, Montgomery) I've heard of all of them except the one in Montgomery.  I haven't been to any, though.  As for the rest of the list, not only have I not heard of most of them, I've lived in TX most of my life and never heard of some of these towns " />" />.

BCNosh, have you been to Blood Brothers BBQ?
Sounds really interesting.
https://www.bonappetit.com/story/blood-bros-bbq

Not yet.  A few weeks back I checked out the user ratings and they were all over the place - now, mostly 4s and 5s.  Stand by.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/08/30 09:27:48 (permalink)
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Schlotz, you’ve been there? They sound like Smokin’ Guns in KC, competition winners who open a brick and mortar shop with (very) limited hours.
:)



Yes...I've been there several times - most recently when buffetbuster and Cousin Johnny were making their Texas tour.  MetroPlex Jim and Mrs. Metro were also able to join us.
 
They have a limited schedule - Thursday and Friday weekly - and Saturday once a month.  The lines are typically long at open (45 minutes - 1 hour+).  If you want to arrive early, 20 minutes is the sweet spot.
 
All of their selections are top notch - brisket, ribs, sausage (typically 2-3 selections), pulled pork.
 
They also do a rotating special - smoked wagyu ribeye, smoked homemade bologna, boudin, brisket hand-pies (QtPies).
 
buffetbuster
We will be back in Big D the first weekend in February.  Hey, that's when Cattleack BBQ will be open on a Saturday.  What a coincidence!

 
How bout that!  I'll pencil that in on my new calendar!
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/09/16 14:26:01 (permalink)
Guy fieri ws at Smoke Shack in san Antonio.Have heard of the place, but never been there.A local BBQ place in cibolo, 2 miles from me now runs  lunch specials,. Roy(one of my co-workers) and I had their smoked catfish Friday last week.It was very good. wednesday they have smoked burgers, and Thursday is beef ribs.We want to try those. Not sure if they are the so called Bronto beef ribs, the big ones with lots of meat or not.But we shall see.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/09/16 15:54:56 (permalink)
Boyd (schlotz) and I did meet @ Cattlack for their "whole hog".
 
It was magnificent.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/09/16 18:01:20 (permalink)
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Boyd (schlotz) and I did meet @ Cattlack for their "whole hog".
 
It was magnificent.

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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/17 16:24:53 (permalink)
Roegel's in Houston has added whole hog to their menu - one Saturday a month.
 
https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2019/10/15/roegels-barbecue-whole-hog-day
 
Here's a video from their FB page:
 
https://www.facebook.com/179596598719685/posts/2743689388977047/
 
I did not know their turkey breast was famous;  that looks pretty good to me
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/18 08:29:34 (permalink)
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Roegel's in Houston has added whole hog to their menu - one Saturday a month.
 
https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2019/10/15/roegels-barbecue-whole-hog-day

They still make Big Red???
 
That turkey breast slice does look good, and I'm usually not a fan of white meat.  I wonder if some sort of brining is part of the prep.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/19 21:20:04 (permalink)
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That turkey breast slice does look good, and I'm usually not a fan of white meat.  I wonder if some sort of brining is part of the prep.


I wouldn't be surprised.  I have't found anything in writing about his method but Daniel Vaughan of the TMBBQ blog mentions his smoked pastrami brisket, on the menu Monday and Thursday, and says when he first started making it, it took a two week brining until he discovered an injector.  So he has the knowledge and equipment.
 
I had turkey breast at Killen's once that was amazingly juicy.  Smoked turkey is very popular in Texas around Thanksgiving and Christmas and is available all year long in supermarket freezer cases from some packers.
 
Here's an interesting article from Vaughan on turkey breast with a list of purveyors (joints that serve turkey).
 
https://www.texasmonthly..../best-turkey-in-texas/
 
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/20 11:17:19 (permalink)
Here's a dopey question, what is wrong with the classic Texas barbecue joints that makes 25 new ones desired or even needed? Have these new restaurateurs developed new & unique techniques that make Kreuz, Black's, Louis Mueller, etc. obsolete?
 
None of the newbees (except for Franklin's) will be on list of stops for my personal Texas barbecue crawl. Will I be missing something?
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/20 12:18:58 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Root-Beer Man 2019/10/20 12:27:37
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Here's a dopey question, what is wrong with the classic Texas barbecue joints that makes 25 new ones desired or even needed? Have these new restaurateurs developed new & unique techniques that make Kreuz, Black's, Louis Mueller, etc. obsolete?
 
None of the newbees (except for Franklin's) will be on list of stops for my personal Texas barbecue crawl. Will I be missing something?




New BBQ joints are necessary to serve our burgeoning population.
 
Soon after we moved to the Metroplex in 2005 its population was 5.5 MM and it had just moved past Philly becoming the 4th. largest metro area in the U.S.  Presently, DFW is pushing 8 MM and is closing in on Chicago's #3 position.
 
In 2005 this place was a pizza desert and, for Texas, the BBQ was less than mediocre.  Presently, there is excellent pizza around every corner and the many new BBQs that have opened not only brought the local art to Hill Country levels but, through competition, have forced the old guard to up their game.
 
As an example of the old guard upping their game, Hutchins' here in McKinney has gone from 'meh' to a Texas Monthly Top 50 destination.  As examples of newbies raising the bar over the past decade I'll point to Pecan Lodge, Tender's, and Cattleack - three places what should be integral parts of any Texas BBQ crawl.
 
Here's why Cattleack has soared to #1 on my list:
 

 
And they do great with cow, too!
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/20 12:38:24 (permalink)

Is that pork?
 
Sorry, if I want that I'll travel to NC (I prefer pork butt to whole hog anyway). It certainly will not fill my plate in Texas.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/20 14:33:43 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2019/10/20 15:29:50
You’re living in 1990.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/22 12:13:05 (permalink)
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/three-guys-houston-cooking-up-revolution-texas-barbecue-180973318/
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/22 12:28:01 (permalink)
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/22 16:18:10 (permalink)
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https://www.smithsonianma...as-barbecue-180973318/

Here’s why.

Consider the source.
About the Author: Brett Martin is a correspondent for GQ.


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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/22 17:11:10 (permalink)
Fake news?
The world is passing you in overdrive and y’all are stuck in neutral, if not reverse.
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Re: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas - 2019 edition 2019/10/23 12:38:15 (permalink)
JRPfeff

 
 
Sorry, if I want that I'll travel to NC (I prefer pork butt to whole hog anyway). It certainly will not fill my plate in Texas.



One of the primary advantages of living in a large metro area is that pretty much anything one might want is usually available therein.  Until Cattlack, Eastern Carolina-style chopped whole hog was unavailable; however, if one fancies pork butt, Dickey's has had it every day for years.  I think they boil it. 
 
I'm still waiting for a Dallas establishment to serve decent crab cake.
 
As for many of those 'legendary' Texas BBQ establishments … I can't count the times I have walked past Maxim's on my way to lunch or dine elsewhere where I don't have to fight the tourists seeking to gorge on reputation (in Maxim's case, the Chinese after a hard pick around the corner at Hermes). 
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