2M Smokehouse

Posse co-founders Chris Wilkins, left, and Gary Jacobson, center, with photographer Tom Fox at 2M Smokehouse, our favorite BBQ joint in Texas. (Photo ©Texas BBQ Posse)

In the course of barbecue events we hold this truth to be self-evident: Not all smoked meat is created equal.

And so after a decade and tens of thousands of miles on the barbecue trail, Texas BBQ Posse co-founders Chris Wilkins and Gary Jacobson decided the Posse was finally ready to name its favorite joints in Texas, including a ranking of the Top Ten.

Our very first tour was in 2009 when a half-dozen of us made the pilgrimage to Snow’s BBQ in Lexington. (You can see a photo from that trip below.) Since then, Wilkins, the Posse’s official keeper of stats, estimates that as many as 60 or 70 different barbecue-loving people have gone on tour with us at various times: relatives, friends, authors, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, business execs, co-workers.

That translates into a lot of smoked-meat expertise.

Over the past year, we have been visiting new places and revisiting old, all the while vigorously debating who deserves to be included, and who doesn’t, on our list of the Posse’s Favorite 41.

As always, we tried to let the meat speak for itself. Taste, tenderness, cooking technique are important. But it’s impossible — and wouldn’t be right — to completely discount the atmosphere of a place. That’s part of the total barbecue experience.

The choices you see, of course, weren’t unanimous. Many Posse members gave their opinions. Chris and Gary made the final call. And they encouraged other members to create their own Top Five lists, which many did. You’ll find them in this package.

Take a look. Let us know what you think, pro and con.

— Texas BBQ Posse

Other links from the Posse’s Favorite 41 project:

The Texas BBQ Posse’s Favorite 41

2M Smokehouse is the Posse’s No. 1 Favorite

Posse members share their Favorite 5 BBQ lists

See a map of our Favorite 41 BBQ joints

Dear readers, now it’s your turn

original Texas BBQ Posse

The original Texas BBQ Posse on our first trip to Snow’s BBQ in 2009. Left to right, Mike Gibson, Gary Barber, Jesse Hart, David Guzman, Gary Jacobson and Chris Wilkins. (Photo ©Texas BBQ Posse)

Our first visit to Franklin BBQ in Nov. 2010, where we met legendary pitmasters Aaron Franklin & John Lewis, at right. (Photo ©Texas BBQ Posse)

Photo at Pinkerton's Barbecue in Houston.

The Posse poses for a group photo at Pinkerton’s Barbecue in June 2017. (L-R) Gary Jacobson, Chris Wilkins, Jim Rossman, Alan Ainsworth, Grant Pinkerton, Sarah McQuillan & Michael Ainsworth. (Photo ©Robert Seale)

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