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BBQ sauce king of Texas?

Mark Gabrick holds a bottle of his Texas Tang BBQ sauce (Photo courtesy of Mark Gabrick) Ready for some upbeat news in these troubled times? Here’s some. About two-thirds of H-E-B’s 300 or so Texas grocery stores will begin selling Mark Gabrick’s line of sauces on Jan. 18. “I’m so excited, Gabrick said in a recent interview. “A little nervous, but excited!” Later, he added: “Will I be successful? I don’t know. I hope people like it. I’m thinking the situation with H-E-B was luck.” Luck or not, the journey has been a long one. When the Covid virus pandemic…
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BBQ sauce king of Texas?

Mark Gabrick holds a bottle of his Texas Tang BBQ sauce (Photo courtesy of Mark Gabrick) Ready for some upbeat news in these troubled times? Here’s some. About two-thirds of H-E-B’s 300 or so Texas grocery stores will begin selling Mark Gabrick’s line of sauces on Jan. 18. “I’m so excited, Gabrick said in a recent interview. “A little nervous,…
 - 01/17/2021
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Stop the Presses: The Posse says ‘yes!’ to a BBQ sauce

Austin pitmaster Mark Gabrick’s new BBQ sauce “Texas Tang.” Photo ©Gary Jacobson/Texas BBQ Posse First, an admission. Mark Gabrick is a friend. He has accompanied the Posse on some of its smoked meat sojourns. He’s good company and he knows barbecue. Gabrick also operated a food trailer in Austin until the Coronavirus Pandemic shut everything down in March. Now, with…
 - 07/06/2020
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Ridgewood Barbecue, a different — and secret — taste

Customers arrive at Ridgewood Barbecue in Bluff City, Tennessee. Photo ©Sherry Jacobson/Texas BBQ Posse) In Bullock’s Hollow, there are culinary secrets galore. Amid the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Tennessee, you’ll find Ridgewood Barbecue. It opened in 1948 and still attracts a full house of customers, even on a recent Friday not long before New Year’s. That’s when Sherry and I…
 - 01/20/2020
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Tootsie’s barbecue pork steak warms the heart of a Carolina pig cooker

Phillip Townsend shows off his tray of smoked meats at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, one of the highlights of his four-day Texas BBQ trip. (Photo ©Trish Townsend) By Phillip TownsendSpecial to the Texas BBQ Posse The North Carolina barbecue tradition runs in my veins. Doctors say that might account for my triglycerides, but that’s another story for another day. As…
 - 12/05/2019
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Reflections after a decade on the BBQ Trail

Snow’s BBQ pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz works the smokers during the Posse’s 10th anniversary trip. (Photo ©Tom Fox/Texas BBQ Posse) Anniversaries are often times of reflection. So it was for the Posse on Saturday when we visited Snow’s BBQ and Louie Mueller Barbecue 10 years after our very first trip to these Central Texas meccas of smoked meat. In many ways…
 - 11/17/2019
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Buxton Hall, the Pulled Pork Palace of North Carolina

Paul Wise, left, and David Phelps unload half a pig from the pit at Buxton Hall Barbecue in Asheville, N.C. (Photo ©Gary Jacobson/Texas BBQ Posse) Make no mistake. I’m partial to Texas style barbecue. Nothing compares. But when in Rome, or in this case Asheville, N.C., it’s O.K. to be venturesome. We weren’t disappointed. As we walked into Buxton Hall…
 - 10/21/2019
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The Texas BBQ Posse’s Favorite 41

Customers stand in line at the world-famous Franklin Barbecue in Austin. (Photo ©Tom Fox) Others may have their Top 50 or Top 40 lists. Not the Texas BBQ Posse. After years of eating and months of debate, we’re listing our Favorite 41 joints in the state, including a ranking of the Top 10. 2M Smokehouse in San Antonio is No.…
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Yikes! The Posse does wine with BBQ

The partial lineup of wines and meats at the Posse’s Smoke, Wine & BBQ shindig. (Photo ©Don Rypka) When the Posse eats smoked meat, the word “sipping” is usually not in our vocabulary. We prefer to swig, whether it’s beer or Big Red. But we did change the pace a bit recently with a barbecue and wine tasting shindig that…
 - 07/02/2019
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See the photos: Hurtado Barbecue grand opening in Arlington

A.J. Ramirez shows off his lunch at the grand opening for Hurtado Barbecue in Arlington. (Photo ©Michael Ainsworth/Texas BBQ Posse) The barbecue scene in Arlington just got stronger last Saturday with the grand opening of Hurtado Barbecue. Pitmaster Brandon Hurtado has set up shop outside of Division Brewing, located on Main Street just north of the UT-Arlington campus. They will be…
 - 03/15/2019
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Sneak peek: Zavala’s Barbecue reopens this weekend in Grand Prairie

Friends & family enjoy a party at Zavala’s Barbecue’s new location on 421 W. Main St. in Grand Prairie. Zavala’s will reopen this Saturday Feb. 16th. (Photo ©Tom Fox/Texas BBQ Posse) Great news for DFW smoked meat lovers, Zavala’s Barbecue reopens in their new location this Saturday, February 16th. The Posse got a sneak peek last weekend as partners Joe…
 - 02/11/2019
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