Saturday, January 3, 2015

Introducing The Texas BBQ Adventures Roadmap

You may have noticed that the Texas BBQ Map icon to the right is no longer just a placeholder.  It is an actual functioning linked image.  Go ahead and click on it, that's why I put it there.

As I stated in my introduction, my intent in starting this site was to share my experiences on the BBQ Trail.  This site would provide me the venue to do two things: 1. Help you locate barbecue wherever you might be in Texas; 2. Set your expectations for these restaurants.

Now that my Texas BBQ Adventures Roadmap is live, my primary vision of helping you seek out good BBQ has also been brought to life. 

I assembled the map in a way that I think would create a simple but effective user-experience.

  • The markers are color coded, providing an easy way to visually scan the state looking for my favorite joints.  
  • The markers are grouped together on the list on the left panel based simply on color.   Beyond that, the organization within each color is random.  For example: If Terry Black's is the top joint listed in the orange group, it does not necessarily mean I think it's the best joint in that group.
  • Clicking on each joint will provide the specific grade that I have assigned to that joint along with a link for more information, which could be my full review or just my quick notes on the restaurant.
  • Clicking the Frame icon at the top right of the map will launch the full GoogleMaps version of the map and give you more on-screen real estate to work with.
  • If you are looking in a specific area, be sure to zoom in.  There is some BBQ congestion in parts of the state (Austin, Lockhart, etc) and you may notice one marker actually splits into two when you zoom a little closer.

There are Two Important Things that you should keep in mind:

1. These ratings and reviews are based solely on my experiences with the BBQ Items at the restaurants (This is not a catfish or burger map);

2. This is not the final product.  This map will live and change as my trips expand.  This will be an ongoing work for me.  I will add new joints that I visit, remove the ones that close, and determine if ratings need to be readjusted after return visits.



Looking at this map is a bit autobiographical for me.  It is heavily influenced by where I live, where I work and where my family and friends live.  Hint: None of those include the South Plains or Panhandle.  There are regions that I just do not get to enough and am working on adding more pins to (San Antonio) and those that might take a while before I get to (Lubbock).

I really hope you find this map beneficial in your travels and BBQ Adventures.  If your favorite place is not on here, please let me know.  I might even share my own To Do List with y'all at some point.  It's enormous...

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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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