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Promotions |
February 3, 2017

Raise a glass to the Hill (Wine) Country

Many newcomers to the Hill Country are struck by a beauty that bears a lot in common with Mediterranean landscapes: the sun-washed limestone hills, the scrubby and aromatic vegetation, the peaceful valleys sheltering pristine creeks.

Promotions |
February 3, 2017

How Do You Define Hill Country Style?

Design trends come and go but what drives them is often hard to pinpoint. This year the color authority Pantone Inc. declared “greenery” the color of 2017. It’s unlikely most homeowners will feel any great desire to insert this shade of Design trends come and go but what drives them

Promotions |
February 3, 2017

The Hill Country Checklist

It’s not easy to pin down why the Hill Country tugs so hard on the heartstrings of Texans. The reasons go far beyond the obviously beautiful landscape. You have to savor first-hand the people, places and experiences that capture its enduring charm to understand the magic. Here are a some

Promotions |
February 3, 2017

At Home in the Hill Country

A sophisticated Hill Country home that feels like an age-old homestead. Brand-new, yet emanating Texas heritage. That’s what you’ll see and sense at the first-ever Texas Monthly Hill Country Show Home at Boot Ranch, a private club community just five miles north of Fredericksburg. At this house, which will open

Energy |
February 3, 2017

The Choice is Yours!

Fifteen years ago, the Texas energy market began a daring experiment – applying the American dream of competition and free enterprise to a sleepy, monolithic electricity market.

BBQ |
February 2, 2017

BBQ News: 01/27 – 02/02

– Emilio and Christi Soliz are cooking their own brand of Mexi-Q at Kings Hwy Brew & Q in San Antonio.– 2M Smokehouse got some high praise from San Antonio Express News critic Mike Sutter.– Pitt Stop BBQ in Lufkin might be the cleanest barbecue joint in

BBQ |
January 31, 2017

Carnal in Austin

There’s a new beef rib in town. Carnal has found a temporary home in Austin, the epicenter of the Texas barbecue boom, while their spot back home, Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, is closed for the winter. James Zamory and Aaron Saurer, the duo that make up Carnal, draw inspiration from Texas’s

BBQ |
January 26, 2017

BBQ News: 01/20 – 01/26

– “I think people that have secrets in cooking, I really think they’re a**holes.” – Pat Martin: – The KCBS is now accepting nominations for their BBQ Hall of Fame through March 1st.– Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is now open for dinner, and they’re planning a second location

BBQ |
January 24, 2017

Smoked in Texas: Oysters Gilhooley at Gilhooley’s

Oyster shells crackled under the car tires as I pulled into Gilhooley’s in San Leon. The parking lot is paved with them, and a pile taller than me rose like a dune at one end of the parking lot. A storm was rolling into the small town on the Gulf

January 19, 2017

Meet the Builder: Matthew Mabery

Matthew Mabery is a get-it-done kind of guy. He believes in getting the job done right by having his own employees do much of the work, owning his own equipment, and purchasing materials directly from suppliers instead of subcontractors.

January 19, 2017

Meet The Designer: Amy Slaughter

Interior designer Amy Slaughter says that while growing up she often visited homes with her mother who sold real estate and thought: “I could do better.” Turns out she was right.

BBQ |
January 19, 2017

The Year Old Brisket

After thousands of barbecue meals, I’ve never been struck ill by smoked meat. Maybe it’s the long cooking time, or the preservative qualities provided by a layer of wood smoke, or maybe I’ve just been lucky. Either way, I put that streak to the test over the weekend.“How long can

BBQ |
January 19, 2017

BBQ News: 01/13 – 01/19

– The playoffs can be tough, but don’t leave your grill behind: When your team loses in the playoffs and you just say the hell with it & leave the Weber in the parking lot. #chiefs pic.twitter.com/sFSGGtrTUb — David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) January 16, 2017 –

BBQ |
January 12, 2017

BBQ News: 01/06 – 01/12

– This breed of dog was essential to barbecue in the 1600’s: For hundreds of years the now-extinct turnspit dog was specially bred just to turn a roasting mechanism for meat https://t.co/1SJJYtrE1S — Atlas Obscura (@atlasobscura) January 11, 2017 – Our new favorite golfer, Davis Love

BBQ |
January 10, 2017

The Zeke Sandwich

After an incredible championship game on Monday night, this season of college football is (sadly) behind us. But that means we can now focus solely on the NFL playoffs, in which the Texans are still alive and the Cowboys look to avenge Dez Bryant’s “non-catch” from a 2015 game

BBQ |
January 5, 2017

BBQ News: 12/23 – 01/05

– Have we gone too far? Bacon-wrapped ribs: Bacon-wrapped ribs, and 7 delicious bacon-wrapped recipes – Fired Up Food https://t.co/4cAVUQSCV8 pic.twitter.com/fcMCrziQFy — Heavy Metal BBQ (@HeavyMetal_BBQ) January 2, 2017 – With a new smoker, Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland plans to add dinner service

BBQ |
December 22, 2016

BBQ News: 12/16 – 12/22

– Barbecue deflation at Snow’s BBQ: The 10 best things I ate in 2016. https://t.co/t7VF8wa4UW — Danny Chau (@dannychau) December 20, 2016 – The Today Show sent a crew to Austin to see how they cook the barbecue at Franklin. – Munchies highlights the

BBQ |
December 22, 2016

Pickles, Onions, and White Bread

In the second season of 24 Hour Restaurant Battle,* it was a battle between fajitas and barbecue. A Texas barbecue couple, Michael and Katie Hunt, were in contention for an investment to open their concept if they impressed the judges. When Katie served a plate of smoked sausage to