Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

Fire & Smoke: BBQ Fest 2018 Preview

Nov 2, 2018 By Daniel Vaughn

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 Tex Mex BBQ (Top 50)

Jun 1, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

At the moveable feast known as Valentina’s—which still occupies a shiny truck but is headed for a brick-and-mortar home later this year—the term “fusion cuisine” has a very Texas twist. The cuisines getting fused are barbecue and tacos. Pitmaster Miguel Vidal’s fifteen-hour mesquite-smoked brisket, lush and moist, is at its…

Tortillas: The Other White Bread

Nov 4, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

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…

Smoking With Mesquite

Sep 15, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

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…

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Dec 10, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

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…