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 mile from the BBQ Mecca known as Snow's. Welcome to The Speedtrap BBQ Tour.
Posse members Bruce Tomaso and Jim Rossman joined Marshall and me for the previously named Giddings Gateway BBQ Tour. This was one of the more amazing days we've had on a BBQ tour. Snow's BBQ, City Meat Market in Giddings and Fargo's in Bryan were all world class in their meat offerings, definitely in the top ten joints we've ever visited and maybe the top five.
We also had a great time at Gil's Bar-B-Que Shack in Ellinger and Rattler's Pit Soul Food House (formerly Ruthie's Bar-B-Q) in Navasota. While not on the same lofty plateau as Snow's, Giddings and Fargo's, they produced solid meats and good hospitality.
Bruce is writing a narrative of our trip, but here are a few early photos and a look at our itinerary.
The Speedtrap BBQ Tour itinerary
6:30 am: Leave from Dallas
9:30 am: Breakfast at Snow's BBQ, 516 Main St, Lexington, 979-773-4640. Open Sat. 8 am- till the meat runs out.
11:00 am: City Meat Market, 101 West Austin Street, Giddings, 979-542-2740. Open: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 am-5:30 pm, Sat. 7:30am-4 pm.
12:15 pm Gil's Bar-B-Que Shack, 399 E. Hwy 71, Ellinger, 979-378-2366. Open Sat. & Sun. only, from when the meat is ready (usually around 9:30 am) til the meat runs out.
1:30 pm: Rattler's Pit Soul Food House (formerly Ruthie's Bar-B-Q), 1106 West Washington Ave., Navasota, 936-825-7770. Open: Tue.-Fri. 11 am-8 pm, Sat. 11 am-4 pm, Sun. noon-4 pm.
3:15 pm: Fargo's Pit BBQ, 1220 N Texas Ave Ste A, Bryan, 979-778-3662. Open Tues.-Sat. 11 am-7 pm.
7:00 pm: Back in Dallas
Photos ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse