Plus: Valentina’s leaves Austin, and Arkansas gets its own barbecue trail.
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
Plus: two new barbecue sauce lines launch.
For my experiment, I used a beer marinade from Valentina's, a kalbi-style marinade from Roy Choi, and a simple rub.
How three of the city's most popular and beloved joints are trying to stay afloat during the pandemic.
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Plus: LeRoy and Lewis’s big plans for a brick-and-mortar.
Plus, Texas Tech is to competitive meat judging what Alabama is to college football.
Exciting things are happening as pitmasters join the two cuisines together in new and delicious ways.
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Miguel Vidal of Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ in Austin provides a preview of his dish at the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest, and we discuss how his San Antonio upbringing informs his current Tex-Mex BBQ menu.
Valentina's is known for serving barbecue in tortillas. But for its newest addition, pitmaster Miguel Vidal looked to the Spanish bocadillo.
Standing at the counter at Kreuz Market in Lockhart last week, I was asked, “Bread or crackers?” I thought about it for a moment, but all I wanted to say was, “How about some tortillas?”Instead, the large group I was with opted for a half sleeve of saltines (filling up on
Before the phrase “mesquite-grilled” became a common descriptor on hoity-toity menus of restaurants trying to prove their Texas bona fides, and before backyard cooks bought mesquite chips by the pound to add an “authentic smokehouse” flavor to their meat, the mesquite was a scraggly tree that people in the Southwest considered
My first trip to Valentina’s was on a whim. I stopped at the trailer behind the Star Bar on Sixth Street in Austin on my way out of town. A friend was writing a story on taco variations, and I thought I might be able to add a novelty to