Texas BBQ Posse members were treated to a special stop on the barbeque trail on Saturday afternoon. Expert backyard pitmaster Marshall Cooper invited us to join his family and friends for an incredible spread of smoked meats and sides.

Marshall began following our BBQ tours through Gary Jacobson’s stories in The Dallas Morning News.

He wrote Gary, “I would like nothing more than to include you and your entourage at my next backyard BBQ. I will slow smoke beef brisket, pork ribs and pork shoulder and make sure there is enough for everybody to eat until they are stuffed! Just let me know if you guys could handle it.”

Marshall started his dueling smokers the night before, loading them with over 100 pounds of meat. Eighteen hours later the feast for 25 folks began, topped off by pecan pie baked by his wife Sheilagh, from a four-generation Marshall family recipe.

He has learned many lessons since he bought his first smoker in 1987, most importantly that cooking great meat demands time and patience. The proof was in the brisket, pork and ribs, some of the best we’ve had in Dallas.

(Photos by Chris Wilkins & Tom Fox)

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Mike Gibson

7 years ago

Nice!! Thanks to the Cooper family and friends for their hospitality.

Sheilagh Cooper

7 years ago

Mark, Marshall, and I enjoyed meeting you all. It was fun to visit with guys who are as passionate about BBQ as Marshall! He's already dreaming about "Triplet Pits"!

Anonymous

7 years ago

I'm so sorry I missed this one. I could taste the meat from looking at the photos. David Woo

Anonymous

7 years ago

Nice looking event there Big Chris. Isn't fun how complete strangers will invite people into their lives to share a meal? Stories to tell…meals to share. Grill on Big man!
Dr. Dave.

Anonymous

7 years ago

Instead of mother's milk, Marshall suckled on a greasy rib for the first six months of his life. The rest is history.

Anonymous

7 years ago

Everyone: The ribs and pork shoulder turned out ok but the briskets didn't do their job so we need to try it all again soon…the story of my life.

Anonymous

7 years ago

Marshall, Sheilagh and Mark, Am I seeing a restaurant in your future? You can name it the BarbueCoop, but better add some bbq chicken to that menu. Marshall–you have kept this talent a secret. Next time I want a little taste with a bite of that pie too. Carla Austin




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