BBQ Joint Reviews

Desert Oak Barbecue
El Paso’s Desert Oak Barbecue Has Come a Long Way

Jul 12, 2018 By Daniel Vaughn

Three large red letters caught my eye at a busy intersection in El Paso, and I knew I’d found the new home for Desert Oak Barbecue. “BBQ” is the only thing written above the door, but it stands out amid the strip center clutter. It’s a big step up from…

BIg Cat BBQ
Big Cat BBQ

Jan 26, 2018 By Daniel Vaughn

With a new smoker named Bocephus, and another on the way, the inspiring James Jones keeps improving his game in Cedar Park.

Nelsons BBQ
Nelson’s BBQ

Jan 18, 2018 By Daniel Vaughn

With a sandwich like the Nasty Nate and impressive barbecue, this one-man show in San Antonio has earned a loyal following.

Black Board Bar-B-Q
Black Board Bar-B-Q

Jan 17, 2018 By Daniel Vaughn

Write it down: This new Sisterdale joint, which does more than barbecue, picks up where the memorable Maywald's left off.

Stillwater Barbeque (Top 50)

Jun 1, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

“Matt’s gone to feed the governor,” Emily Hall told us on our visit. She was referring to Matt Proctor, the founding pitmaster of Stillwater, who’d been summoned to Austin to grill for a cohort of visiting Aussies. But Hall, Proctor’s twenty-year-old apprentice, handled the pit with aplomb. The beef ribs…

Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque (Top 50)

Jun 1, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

Evie Mae’s shiny new strip-center spot has been open a little more than a year, but visitors from nearby Lubbock don’t seem to miss the food truck (conveniently, the new place is about a quarter mile from the old location). An early arrival meant we not only avoided a wait…

Flores Barbecue (Top 50)

Jun 1, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

When you see a red, white, and blue “BBQ” flag, you know you’ve arrived. Parked in a tiny patch of grass next to a hair salon, Michael Wyont’s popular trailer has been open for less than a year. On a stormy morning, we were grateful to be handed a sample…

Harris Bar-B-Que (Top 50)

Jun 1, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

A backyard warrior during his younger days in Oak Cliff, Kelvin Harris spent his downtime as a maintenance worker in an aircraft mechanic shop studying videos of the state’s barbecue masters on his phone. Eventually he opened his own place. When early critics of his otherwise stellar brisket suggested he’d…

Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q (Top 50)

Jun 1, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

In 2009 Nick Pencis—a rock and roll drummer, two-time business-school dropout, and owner of Stanley’s—had an epiphany. He had driven all the way to Lockhart to eat at the legendary joint Smitty’s and, in his words, “to try to figure out the true meaning of barbecue.” Walking past Smitty’s floor…