There aren’t any canned items here. He’s even growing some of his own vegetables in a garden at his house a couple blocks away. A chunky potato salad was a classic and the cabbage cooked down with pork made it easy to eat something green. The beans couldn’t figure out if they wanted to be spicy or sweet, but there was no doubting the direction of the creamed corn. With the addition of poblanos and jalapeños it had a good kick with just enough cream to deaden the sting a bit. It was a stunner.
Method: Post oak in an indirect heat pit
Pitmaster: Shawn Collins
Pioneer BBQ has been around a while in the middle of Nixon, a town about an hour southeast of San Antonio. It was operated by the Chambers Brothers out of Luling, then a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses who eventually put the business up for sale on Craigslist. That’s where Shawn Collins found it when he …