Yesterday the Texas BBQ Posse headed southwest from Dallas on Hwy. 67 for our fifth BBQ tour in the past year. Leaving Dallas at 10am, we met up an hour later at Red Chew Chew BBQ & Grill in Cleburne.
After a quick breakfast of brisket, chicken and sausage, we headed seven miles west of Glen Rose to the Loco Coyote, one of the best joints the posse has found over the past year of barbeque tours. We'll be writing a tour story for The Dallas Morning News and individual blogs about each of our stops, but take note that the Loco Coyote is definitely worth the drive from Big D.
Our next stop was Hard Eight BBQ in Stephenville. Even though it was well over 100 degrees by then, we spent 30 or 40 minutes in the outdoor pit area shooting photos, video and quizzing the pit workers and manager. Watching them load up the old-style open pits with briskets and then shovel in loads of hot coals was like observing performance art. We loved the food and really appreciated the free ice cold beer once we got inside!
Our final stop was RibShack BBQ in Granbury. The food was equally as good as the hospitality, this place is a blast. Our host Barbara topped off the day with homemade banana pudding and two cobblers, blackberry and pecan topped by Blue Bell vanilla ice cream. A perfect ending to another great day riding the BBQ trails of Texas.....
Brazos and Beyond BBQ Tour itinerary
9:45 a.m.: Leave Dallas
11 a.m.: Red Chew Chew BBQ & Grill, 811 Hillsboro Street, Cleburne, (817) 558-2439. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
12:30 p.m.: Loco Coyote Grill, 1795 County Road 1004, Glen Rose, (254) 897-2324. Open Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3 p.m.: Hard-Eight Barbeque: 1091 Glen Rose Road (Hwy 67), Stephenville, (254) 968-5552. Open Monday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5:00 p.m.: RibShack BBQ, 4021 Acton Hwy, Granbury, (817) 326-4752. Open Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
7 p.m.: Back in Dallas
(Photos by David Woo & Chris Wilkins)