The Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ joint list was published on Monday morning, and predictably it set the Barbecue Twitter world on fire. The list itself was quite a feat, with “32 Texas Monthly editorial staffers and 3 freelancers visited 411 barbecue joints over eight weeks during the spring and summer, driving many thousands of miles in the process.” This was the sixth quadrennial list published by the magazine, and according to Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn, the average age of the barbecue restaurants on the list dropped from 15 years to 10 years form the 2017 list. Number one on the list in particular may surprise many folks, but I won’t spoil it for you quite yet.
Here’s the full thread of content published in the magazine and online. Starting with the list:
Plus the 50 honorable mentions…
How the list was made in the words of the Texas Monthly Editor, Dan Goodgame…
Tales from the brave-but-lucky souls who went on the trail…
Corn was ever-present as a side…
Yes, sauce is no longer a four-letter word…
Goldee’s BBQ in Fort Worth landed at #1 on the list
Here’s the first review of Goldee’s in Texas Monthly, from August 2020
Houston’sTruth BBQ landed at #3 on the list
Is Houston the state’s new barbecue capital?
Evan LeRoy was pumped that LeRoy and Lewis ended up at #5
The Smoking Ho has a helpful spreadsheet of the Top 50 and the hours of operation
The Texas Monthly BBQ Finder app has been updated, so get on the trail!
After a few weeks in soft open mode, Sam Jones BBQ’s downtown Raleigh location has finally opened; the latest opening towards Raleigh staking its claim as a modern barbecue capital. Next up in some order is Ed Mitchell’s The Preserve, Wyatt’s Barbecue (from the team behind Picnic in Durham), Lawrence Barbecue, and Longleaf Swine. More coverage on Sam Jones BBQ can be found in this article from industry trade publication QSR Magazine.
In the next few months, a visit to Raleigh will certainly be called for, as our Capital brethren continue to beat out the Queen City in barbecue openings. Step up your game, Charlotte!
Robert Moss explores the origin stories of 5 southern sauces, including Scott’s Barbecue Sauce from Goldsboro which is available across the US thanks to its distribution via Wal-Mart