How three of the city's most popular and beloved joints are trying to stay afloat during the pandemic.
The Wolfforth joint turns its parking lot into a huge drive-through, complete with a forklift menu on butcher paper.
Plus: Trying to get Texas barbecue into Louisiana.
The groundbreaking South Austin trailer is offering virtual classes and some menu additions (and goes viral with a blindfolded-brisket-trimming video).
The brothers behind the longtime Dallas joint are doing everything from Facebook Live chats to free delivery service to help cope during the pandemic.
Reasonably priced family meal packs and honest emails to customers have helped this Houston joint weather the challenges.
Barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn’s long-planned family trip to Peru became a different kind of adventure when the country closed its borders: A story in three phone calls.
Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta on pandemics, mass furloughs, and why he’s not selling his yachts.
How joints are dealing with the pandemic and how you can help.
Open only on Saturdays for now, the barbecue trailer has fun with its smoked meats.
What barbecue joints are doing across the state, from to-go orders to shipping smoked meats.
Take care of your pit, and it will take care of you.
How to turn pork slices into a juicy steak without leaving your kitchen.
The brisket and ribs are excellent as well at Joel and Jesse Garcia’s Weslaco joint.
Plus: The barbecue pit so long it required an official highway escort.
Joshua and Myra Guerrero’s food truck embraces new barbecue ideas from across the state.
Aaron Franklin’s new Austin welding shop says it will get the first batch to customers by Memorial Day.
A trip through sparsely populated corners of South Texas reveals an unusual barbecue specialty.
A different sort of Texas Trinity makes for an exceptional taco at this Tomball joint.
The San Antonio joint's meat market turns out expert, flavorful links and one of the best hot dogs in Texas.
Plus: the secrets of couples navigating the additional pressures of a barbecue partnership.
The 65-year-old Brownsville restaurant specializes in traditional underground pit-smoked cows’ heads.
Lupe and Christine Nevarez’s Port Lavaca joint is a great new option for barbecue in the Coastal Bend.
The popularity of the new Fort Worth joint at Lola’s Trailer Park is outpacing the smoker’s capacity, but you won’t regret standing in line.
Fried catfish served with smoked meat is a magical combination—and harder to order than it should be.
Pitmaster-owner Brent Morrow left the oil fields behind for family and oak smoke in Hico.
The family-run food truck is another worthy contender in the crowded Austin market.
Plus, is pulled pork an invasive species of smoked meat?
One of Fort Worth’s best barbecue joints now transforms into a taco shop at night.
Inside Waco’s Union Hall, chef Cade Mercer is bringing Guess Family Barbecue and Asian specialties together.
One man’s strange, quixotic journey from New Braunfels to Longview.
Tucked inside a downtown Houston food hall, the kitchen is turning out this hearty, pork-heavy dish.
Plus, a barbecue event at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.
A few Texas pitmasters are putting their own spin on a Carolina tradition.
”Home of the Big Chop,” Terry Wootan’s original joint has now been joined by five other locations across the state.
Brothers Don and Theo Nguyen use their Vietnamese roots to create innovative dishes as well as master the basics at their pop-ups in Houston.
Melted jack cheese, Russian dressing with onions and dill pickle, and a sweet hoagie roll nicely complement the smoky, generous pastrami.
Harvey Clay has spent much of his adult life introducing the brisket, ribs, and sausage of his youth into smoked-meat deserts.
Plus: the most influential Austin restaurants of the last decade.
Brian and Julie Wright’s restaurant and coffee shop is giving the community of Harleton a smoked meat education.
The twice-a-month trailer has brought a whole new class of smoked meats to Cleburne.
If life takes you to Hollywood, there are some places that can help you miss Texas less.
Beyond the Top 50 list and the 25 best new joints, here are 16 dishes I loved this year, from beef short ribs and German potato salad to a brisket grilled cheese.
Plus: Barbecue joints wind up on some impressive year-end (and decade-end) lists.
It was the best meal I’ve eaten all year.
Some of the brisket you’ll find in the Austin of Oregon ranks right up there with top joints in our state.
The Seguin barbecue joint is famous for its sausage, but don’t miss this surprisingly affordable sandwich.
Plus: Senator Ted Cruz pays off a bet with barbecue.
One last supper at the San Antonio barbecue restaurant renewed my appreciation for its legacy.
The scion of a Texas barbecue dynasty returns with his fourth smoked-meat venture in the past eight years.