Sunday, August 17, 2014

Welcome to Texas BBQ Adventures

Over the past couple of years, I have visited over 200 BBQ Joints in my search for the best BBQ in this Great State. Because of this, I often receive texts and tweets requesting recommendations. I wanted to be able to also share my experiences with y'all that I don't know yet.

I have read several BBQ Blogs in the past and am thankful for the wealth of knowledge available on the topic. However, I have not found a source that makes it easy to plan a BBQ Adventure. I travel the State significantly and sometimes just want to know "Is there any good BBQ where I am headed or on the way there?" I have created this site to focus on these specifics, making it easy to search for a specific joint, a specific region, or even a specific meat.

The Crown Jewel of the site will be the BBQ Map that shows exactly where the good BBQ is and where the bad BBQ is. It will be your road map when you are ready to plan your own Texas BBQ Adventures. (Update: The BBQ Map is now Live)

Here's the disclaimer: All of my grades are simply my opinion and are based off of my individual visits.  It is entirely possible that I visit a good joint on a bad day or vice-versa.  As it goes with anything, we always think our own opinions are the best opinions. 

My grades are all specifically focused on the meat. With Texas BBQ, Brisket is the most important. Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs (where available), and Sausage get a good look as well. The poultry and sides will have to be pretty special to get a shout out. I'll taste the sauce (typically with bread) and offer a comment where necessary. But here in Texas good meat doesn't need sauce. If you cover my meat with sauce, I will label you a "Slatherer" and assume you have something to hide.

My New Visits will get the full write-up treatment: Like This.
Older Visits will simply have a grade and any notes I might have on my personal spreadsheet: Like This

I will let you know when I am posting new content via Twitter (@BBQAdventurer), if you want to give me a follow.  I look forward to sharing my experiences with my fellow BBQ Adventurers.  I am also excited to read about your opinions, experiences and, most importantly, your recommendations.

See you on the road!

-Chris (The BBQ Adventurer)


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  2. Fantastic idea! Can't wait to put the map to use.

  3. Great idea! Look forward to reading about your BBQ adventures. Need to check your map too for best BBQ in South Texas.

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*All Grades Are Based Solely on the Quality of Texas BBQ Offered at the Joint. We Aren't Looking for Burgers or Catfish!

My Grading Scale:

A = This is some of the finest BBQ you'll find anywhere. It is worth a roadtrip in itself along with any required wait.
B = This is very good BBQ, even if it is over an hour away, consider making the drive.
C = This is just average BBQ but it's worth a stop in a pinch.
D = This is a poor example of Texas BBQ. Even if it's the only place around, skip it. Apologize to any non-Texans that have eaten here.
F = This is not only a bad Texas BBQ, it is probably not suitable for human consumption.

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