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!
Campbell won the inaugural BBQ Bowl against Gardner-Webb this past Saturday, pulling ahead late in the fourth quarter after recovering a muffed punt before scoring the go-ahead touchdown. They would go on to tack on another touchdown making the final score 42-28.
While the initial image of the trophy (which was likely a mockup instead of the real trophy) roused the ire of Iowa fans for allegedly being a copy of the Floyd of Rosedale trophy between Iowa and Minnesota, it turns out that the actual trophy was something much more cuddly.
Floyd of Rosedale trophy:
Back to barbecue matters…after the game the teams were treated to a post-game dinner of Red Bridges Barbecue as a result of Gardner-Webb losing the barbecue bet. Better than the White Swan that would have been served had Campbell lost.
Recently, friend of the blog John Tanner (of John Tanner’s Barbecue Blog) ate his way across the piedmont of North Carolina while making stops on the NC Historic Barbecue Trail in honor of the late Jim Early. Early was the founder of the North Carolina Barbecue Society and driving force behind the NC Historic Barbecue Trail.
Notably, he makes a stop at our friends at Bar-B-Q King in Lincolnton where he delights in the “hollerin’ orders” system and has a great meal. Follow John’s journey below.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s BBQ Bowl Week
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