For Phillip Moellering, barbecue means family, hard work, and basic instinct.
The difference between a good pitmaster and a great one is the burning passion to improve and evolve—and Esaul Ramos Jr. is on fire.
Family has always been at the center of Smokey John’s, and keeping their father’s memory alive through food and service comes naturally to Juan and Brent Reaves. As with most restaurants, the global pandemic hit the business pretty hard, but the Reaveses found ways to adapt and give back
Dylan Taylor, Lane Milne, Jalen Heard, Nupohn Inthanousay, and Jonny White—the five pitmasters behind Goldee’s Barbecue—finally opened up shop in Fort Worth just a few weeks before the statewide shutdown went into effect in March 2020. Despite a less-than-ideal first year in business, these young pitmasters climbed all the
John Brotherton wants to "punch you in the mouth with flavor" at his Pflugerville joint.
After making a name for himself hosting pop-up events, Brandon Hurtado finally opened his brick-and-mortar in February 2020. Hurtado Barbecue drew two hundred customers on opening day—and then the pandemic set in. Through the shutdown and the beef shortage that followed, Hurtado has remained resilient.
Bo Moreno didn't open his own joint until 2019, but he has brisket, fajitas, chicken, tripas, and wild hog in his blood.
Richard Funk was bitten by the barbecue bug later than some, but that itch isn't going away anytime soon.
Lupe Nevarez made barbecue the family business, but his heir has some big plans herself.
Ray Busch’s barbecue obsession, coupled with his Houston pride, makes Ray’s BBQ Shack the go-to joint for traditional H-Town barbecue.Tell me about the first person who taught you about barbecue. Mr. River Falls was a Houston legend back in the sixties, seventies, and eighties. He taught me everything I know.
Kris Manning of Smokey Joe’s BB-Q in Dallas is no less than barbecue-obsessed. Ever since he was a kid, he’s been trying to emulate the top-notch ’cue he grew up eating. Now that he’s a professional pitmaster, it just keeps getting better and better. Tell me about the first
Fargo’s Pit BBQ first entered the Texas Monthly barbecue scene back in 2013, when pitmaster Alan Caldwell first showed us his straight-shooting character in an interview with barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. It wasn’t until the next year that Alan even allowed us a look at his mysterious
Tyler Frazer has been going out of his way for ’cue since fourth grade, and that longtime love of the craft is evident at his welcoming Amarillo joint.
At 21 years old, Eliana Gutierrez is the youngest female pitmaster in the Texas barbecue game, but she already has the passion and wisdom of a pro. Since she first experienced Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, Eliana has been dedicated to the craft—and the joint. Valentina’s is
Ernie Morales is a man of few words, but if you’ve ever tasted the ’cue at Panther City, you know he has barbecue running through his veins.
If the key to making great barbecue is loving great barbecue, then Andrew Soto is more than qualified for the job.
With a name like that, this West Texas barbecue joint—not to mention its pitmaster—is just as awesome as you’d think.
Small-town barbecue and big-time passion were the ingredients to success for Aaron Rejino.
Dustin Putska grew up on barbecue. Now it’s his business.
From their first date to opening up their own joint, the dynamic duo of Houston's Erin Smith and Patrick Feges spill the (sweet) tea on life as a Texas barbecue power couple.
Charles Brewer tells us about invaluable lessons from his grandfather and what to look for when trying a new joint.
From ’cue origin stories to the most surprising dishes, the Houston pitmasters answer our top questions.
Evan LeRoy tells us his top 3 favorite beverages to pair with barbecue, as well as how growing up in Austin shaped his success.
Marfa native Mark Scott on his surprising ’cue tool of choice and the benefits of getting outside your comfort zone.