January 2012

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fargos001

Without a doubt, Fargo’s is one of the best BBQ joints in Texas

When you hit the Texas BBQ trail, there are often more disappointments than pleasant surprises. How can a place that looks so cool from the outside have such tasteless meat inside? How can a perennial BBQ people’s choice winner be so bad? We’ve seen and learned a lot over the past two and a half years as we travel around the state searching for the best smoked meats. Our recent Speedtrap BBQ Tour is a perfect example. Snow’s BBQ and City Meat Market in Giddings were off-the-charts good, just like they’ve always been when we go there. The next couple…
 - 01/30/2012
lhshann001

Happy anniversary to our friends at Lockhart Smokehouse

Texas BBQ royalty were on hand as friends and family of Lockhart Smokehouse joined together on Sunday evening to celebrate their first anniversary. We were all there to congratulate Jill Bergus, husband Jeff and pitmaster Tim McLaughlin on their success. Lockhart Smokehouse has played a major role in the renaissance of Dallas barbecue, along with Pecan Lodge in the Dallas Farmer’s Market. It’s only fitting that a group of Jill’s family came up from Lockhart to help them celebrate, including Kreuz Market owner Keith Schmidt and her grandmother Alma Schmidt. Jill grew up surrounded by the legacy of great BBQ.…
 - 01/30/2012
snowpitmaster

The Barbecue Chronicles: Tales from the Speedtrap BBQ Tour

Here’s Posse member Bruce Tomaso’s take on our recent Speedtrap BBQ Tour. Bruce joined Marshall Cooper, Jim Rossman and me on a 500-plus mile trek that began at Snow’s BBQ, our favorite place to start every tour in central Texas. Here are some stories from one of our best BBQ journeys yet….. Last Friday night, a friend and I went to see Tool. My friend, a student at Texas Christian University, doesn’t have a car, so I picked him up. I got off work and headed west on Interstate 30 from downtown Dallas to the TCU campus in Fort Worth.…
 - 01/26/2012
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The Speedtrap BBQ Tour – an early look

Wheels up this morning at 6:30 a.m. from Posse pitmaster Marshall Cooper’s driveway in North Dallas. Our first destination was breakfast at Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, which has become a ritual for us when starting a tour in central Texas. To be followed by four more joints and 500-plus miles on the Texas BBQ Trail. Anticipation was building as we approached the Lexington city limits. The speed limit dropped from 65 to 55mph, but no one noticed. We were talking Snow’s and what we would order for breakfast. No one except one of Lexington’s finest, running radar less than a…
 - 01/22/2012
SBwood

Do Texans need some Q-schoolin? It’s your turn to tell us what you think

Posse pitmaster Marshall Cooper is a man of conviction, especially when it comes to smoked meat. After mulling our recent Roots of Dallas BBQ Tour for several days, he was still stunned by the lack of smoke taste we found on the barbecue at the original Sonny Bryan’s, Odom’s, Dickey’s and Peggy Sue’s. Why don’t some of the most popular Dallas BBQ joints, some with real wood pits, put more smoke flavor on their meat? Is it because of the cost of wood? Do customers really prefer smokeless BBQ? Or, don’t they know the difference? “I would like to know…
 - 01/20/2012
DALsignsVERTw

Where’s the smoke? the Posse asks after visiting historic Dallas joints

The wooden sign on the wall at the original Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Inwood Road says “Real Texas Bar-B-Que.” It’s next to a large black and white photo of Sonny himself. The late Dallas BBQ patriarch, dressed in a white shirt, white apron and white chef’s hat, has a gentle smile on his face and a big carving knife in his hand. Once upon a time, that sign might have been accurate. Not anymore. The same goes for all four of the joints the Posse visited on a recent Saturday during its Roots of Dallas BBQ Tour, which included the…
 - 01/19/2012
sonny

Roots of Dallas BBQ Tour

For our first BBQ tour of new year, a dozen Posse members met this morning to retrace some Dallas BBQ history. We started at the original Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse BBQ on Inwood, followed by stops at Odom’s Bar-B-Que, the original Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and ending at Peggy Sue BBQ in Snider Plaza. Our past tours have averaged anywhere from 200 to 600 miles of driving. This one was 16 miles from the first stop to the last. None of the places came close to the elite BBQ in the area or the state, but it was fun to get together…
 - 01/14/2012

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