The North Texas BBQ Tour schedule had three bonified stops, based on reviews by Daniel Vaughn, aka the BBQ Snob. Since last November, we’ve taken four barbecue tours, and driven a total of more than 1,100 miles, from Central Texas to the Oklahoma border.
We didn’t plan for that horse-trailer-turned-barbeque-joint on Highway 377 north of Whitesboro, Big Ronnie's Texas Pit Bar-B-Que. Damn, those ribs were pretty good. We’d work them off at the planned exercise/horseshoes break on the shores of Lake Texoma. If that’s possible when you exercise with a cigar in one hand and a cold beer in the other.
Nor did we plan to stop at the intersection of Hwy 82 and Gibbons Road, as we hustled to make closing time at the OO Smokehouse in Sherman. Lemontt and Sonya have built their dream at that corner, The Bone on the Grill.
In the end, I’m beginning to understand that the highlights of a tour are the unexpected stops. Not the places we read reviews about on Yelp or Urbanspoon.
I’d like to plot out our next tour with no known destinations, just a tank full of gas and a cooler full of beer. Of course we’d have the horseshoes in the trunk for an exercise break. Follow the blue highways and look for the smoke. This barbeque thing is really starting to make sense to me……
UPDATE - From posse member Marshal Cooper: " Just spoke with someone that drives to and has frequented Big Ronnie's
every Saturday on his way to the lake for a good while. He told me they packed up lock stock and barrel and vanished sometime last week!"
(Photos by Chris Wilkins)