|Posse members toast at Loco Coyote Grill in Glen Rose during our Brazos & Beyond BBQ Tour. (Photo©R.J. Hinkle)|
We missed a couple of important Posse milestones recently. So, forgive us a few moments of backslapping as we catch up.
The very first item on this blog was posted March 7, 2010, just over three years ago. It likely will never be a trivia question, like "what was the first video played on MTV?" (Answer: Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.)
But, still, it's kinda sentimental to us. The item was about our first trip to the Central Texas BBQ Heartland, which began with brisket for breakfast at Snow's. Until then, we didn't know what good barbecue was.
Earlier this month, the blog passed another milestone. It recorded its 500,000th page view of all time, according to Google's Blogger analytics. More than 100,000 of those views have come in just the last two months as we've posted items about our recent Best of Texas Tour.
Yes, Texans, and others, do love their barbecue.
With that prelude, here are the Top 10 Posse blog posts of all time:
1.) Using butcher paper to cook great barbecue. Posse pitmaster Marshall Cooper tests and documents a technique we learned about from Aaron Franklin at Franklin Barbecue in Austin. (Published Dec. 23, 2010.)
2.) The Posse's "2010 Best in Texas BBQ" picks. Aaron Franklin, still in his trailer at the time, is No. 1. (Published Dec. 12, 2010.)
3.) Snow's brisket only meat to score a perfect 10. On our recent Best of Texas Tour, the Lexington joint excelled again. (Published Feb. 11, 2013.)
4.) Details are leaking out on BBQ Pitmasters Season 3. We learn that Myron Mixon returns as a judge and we hope that the producers don't repeat their mistake of giving us another season of the Kardashians do BBQ, but without the cleavage. (Published Feb. 27, 2012.)
5. Clyde is back, cooking some of the best BBQ in Dallas. We visit with Clyde Biggins, a Dallas BBQ legend, cooking again after nearly 17 years in prison. (Published June 25, 2012.)
6. Franklin Barbecue - Is this the best brisket in Texas? Yes, it was. And we declared it so -- in an exceedingly close vote -- long before Bon Appetit and others. (Published Nov. 21, 2010.)
7. Report from the new Franklin Barbecue. The joint moves to permanent quarters and we find it still serves the same amazing barbecue. (Published April 29, 2011.)
8. First trip to 3 Stacks Smoke and Tap House in Frisco. Pitmaster Trace Arnold, also known as the 'Rib Whisperer,' aims to finally bring good barbecue to Collin County. (Published Feb. 18, 2013.)
9. Lockhart Smokehouse...Oak Cliff's new BBQ hotspot. Owner Jeff Bergus and pitmaster Tim McLaughlin give us a tour of their then new joint in the Bishop Arts District. (Published Jan. 26, 2011.)
10. Babb Bros. BBQ and Blues, the new joint in town. Huge portions. Good crowds. Some great sides. But the place still needs some seasoning. (Published Nov. 30, 2012.)