Fried okra at 18th & Vine in Dallas, meaty stuffed baked potatoes at Southern Q in Houston, potato salad at King’s Highway Brew & Q in San Antonio, smoked corn on the cob at Kerlin’s in Austin, cheesy Porch Potatoes and green apple–walnut slaw at Back Porch BBQ in La Grange, homemade pimento cheese at Prine’s in Wichita Falls.


Smoky pork chops at Brown’s in Austin, pork steaks at Kolacny in Hallettsville and Jake’s in Dime Box, burnt ends at 18th & Vine in Dallas, sliced bone-in ham at Prine’s in Wichita Falls.



Great atmosphere at all of these: Smitty’s in Lockhart, Castell General Store in Castell, Opie’s in Spicewood, Salt Lick in Driftwood, Billy’s Oak Acres in Fort Worth, Pat Gee’s in Tyler, Easterlng’s in Anson, Zeke’s in Windthorst, Hashknife on the Chisholm in Peadenville, Ten50 in Richardson.


Memorable sausage at Southside Market in Elgin, Black’s in Lockhart, Kolacny in Hallettsville, Back Porch BBQ in La Grange, Brown’s in Austin, 1848 BBQ in Brownsville, Leon’s World’s Finest Barbecue in Galveston, and Vincek’s in East Bernard; smoked boudin at Chuck’s in Carthage.


Strawberry fried pies at Two Bros. in San Antonio, sweet/salty “pig candy” at the BBQ Shop in Farwell, banana pudding at Southside BBQ in Cherokee, sweet potato casserole at Slow Bone in Dallas, caramel apple pie at Billy’s Oak Acres in Fort Worth, chocolate sheet cake at Cousin’s in Fort Worth, fried pies at 18th & Vine in Dallas, Ugly Cake at Edd’s Smoked Meats in Denison, sweet potato cake at Longoria’s in Everman.


Turkey breast at Ronnie’s in Johnson City, Black’s in Lockhart, Southern Goods in Houston, B Daddy’s in Helotes; giant turkey legs at Winners in Plano; chicken at City Meat Market in Giddings, Bet the House in Denton, Slow Bone in Dallas (where it’s both smoked and fried).



Pappa Charlie’s in Houston, Billy’s Oak Acres in Fort Worth, Slow Bone in Dallas, Kerlin in Austin, Winners in Plano, Hickory House in Denison, 1848 BBQ in Brownsville, Chuck’s in Carthage, Southside in Cherokee, Opie’s in Spicewood, Baker’s Ribs in Dallas, Country Tavern in Kilgore.