In case you missed it, Texas Monthly's new Top 50 list of the best BBQ joints in the state is at the end of this post. The magazine will reveal its Top 4 on Thursday. Why only 4? We're hearing No. 5 had consistency problems and was dropped at the last minute.
Now, for some Posse reaction to the new Top 50:
-- The most interesting omission was Vera's Backyard Bar-B-Que in Brownsville. New Texas Monthly BBQ editor Daniel Vaughn put Vera's in his Top 5 in the state in his book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat. But maybe whole beef heads cooked with wood smoke didn't sync with TM's sensibilities.
-- Posse co-founder Chris Wilkins said the list verified many of the Posse's recent conclusions. Lockhart is no longer the BBQ Capital of Texas (Smitty's didn't make the list), Austin is (new joints La Barbecue and John Mueller Meat Co. made it along with Stiles Switch, Franklin Barbecue, and Lambert's).
-- Wilkins was also surprised and impressed that seven Dallas-Fort Worth area joints made the list (Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas, Meshack's in Garland, Longoria's and Cousin's in Fort Worth, Bartley's in Grapevine, Hutchins in McKinney).
-- Posse member Jim Rossman said he couldn't find any holes "to poke in the new list." By quick count, he said, he had been to 23 of the places on the new list and now had 27 more that he needed to visit.
"All in all, no controversy for me," Rossman wrote in an email. "Congratulations to Daniel Vaughn and the crew at Texas Monthly."
Texas Monthly's 2013 Top 50 BBQ Joints
The Original Willie's Bar-B-Que
John Mueller Meat Co
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
Fargo's Pit BBQ
Austin's BBQ and Catering
Cranky Frank's Barbecue Company
Leon's World's Finest In & Out Bar-B-Que
City Meat Market
Gatlin's BBQ & Catering
Billy's Old Fashion BBQ
Joseph's Riverport Barbecue
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
Whup's Boomerang Bar-B-Que
Hashknife on the Chisolm
Hatfield's BBQ & Blackjacks Beer Garden
The Granary 'Cue and Brew
Two Bros. BBQ Market
Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering
Big Boy's Bar-B-Que
Louie Mueller Barbecue
Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue
Mumphord's Place BBQ