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Jun 1, 2017

The List: The Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas


Category: BBQ News

Texas barbecue has no peer on earth.” That’s what I immodestly declared in 2013, when we published our fourth list of the fifty best barbecue joints in the state. We were right, of course, but I did wonder: Had we peaked? Was there nowhere to go but down? Four years later, the answer is clear. There was nowhere to go but up! Our appetite for smoked meat remains insatiable, and I can say, with gusto, that we are living in the golden age of Texas barbecue.

 

And what defines this succulent era? First, quality. The cult-level popularity of barbecue has permanently changed the old landscape. When we compiled our very first list—twenty places—in 1973, smoking anything but the cheapest briskets was unthinkable; now, glistening slices of Top Choice—even Prime—beef are the norm. Restaurants serve butter-tender beef ribs and name-check the ranches they hail from on their menus. This is true from Wolfforth to Mercedes and Pecos to Spring, because excellent barbecue is also more widespread. A claim of “That’s great brisket” in Longview no longer has to be qualified with “for East Texas”; today’s pitmasters provide an excuse for a road trip to just about any far-flung corner. Once the term “Texas barbecue belt” meant the center of the state. Now it stretches far and wide.

 

Barbecue is easier to find too. Thanks to Twitter, Google Maps, Facebook, and Instagram, you can get a brisket or sausage fix when and where you need it. Decades ago, a barbecue trailer on a farm road could dry up and blow away in between customers. These days all it takes are a few raves on Yelp, and it has a good chance of success. This coincides with another trend: more than ever, barbecue is urban. Lockhart was once the smoked-meat capital, with three fantastic joints on our list in 1997; this year, the town has one representative. By contrast, Houston has four entries, Austin seven. At this rate, our next fifty best could come solely from our five or six biggest cities. (Don’t worry, it won’t.)

 

If there’s a dark side to all this, it is the cost—to our wallets and our patience. One reason cities are dominating is that they have customer bases that can afford brisket at $20 a pound and foodies who think nothing of investing time in a barbecue line. “Democratic” is hardly the word for an hour-long wait for a $35 beef rib. Still, I won’t complain too loudly, because cities also have armies of amateur reviewers who demand the best. Competition has a way of keeping the bar high for all of us.

 

Which brings me to a final trait of this moment we’re in: variety. In 2008 the quartet of brisket, pork ribs, sausage, and chicken ruled our list, and we lamented aberrations such as deli turkey. Since that time, the barbecue menu has been expanding faster than my waistline, with the addition of real turkey breasts, a renaissance in beef ribs, and a full-on embrace of pork steaks and chops. Great pulled pork has made a definitive invasion, and there’s even a little ham and pork belly to round things out. It makes you wonder what’s in store for the 2021 list. Anybody up for rattlesnake? —Daniel Vaughn

 

Source: Texas Monthly

 

 

 

Meat lovers in South America have eagerly consumed the flavor and tender texture of every type of meat, fish and fowl cooked over a Churrasco rotisserie for many years. J & R has perfected this rotisserie to prepare meats in the authentic over-the-charcoal manner and has used state of the art American technology in its construction. Alternatively, for your consideration, we have perfected ultra-high BTU, all gas-fired Churrascos which feature the fastest cooking times of any Churrascos in the world.


The enormous popularity of the Brazilian steakhouses is based on their ability to delivery all kinds of meat – sliced sirloin, filets, turkey, pork, sausages, lamb and any other combination of meat that a hungry diner can imagine – directly to the table. It keeps coming until the diner can eat no more!


The meats are usually rubbed only with coarse sea salt. Although a wonderfully mild garlic sauce, called Chimichurri, is sometimes brushed on. Some of the meats are dusted with a flour made from a tuber called manioc. Dining in a churrascaria, where meat cooked in the simple Brazilian fashion, is made special by the Churrasco rotisserie.

All Churrascos:

  • Durable, low maintenance, "tank-like" construction.
  • Machined, worm-gear and sprocket mechanical design.

Solid Fuel Churrascos:

  • Fuel area is a heavy gauge, all welded, steel box lined with 2500 degree refractory, wrapped with high temperature insulation.
  • Exterior lower body is 14 gauge, epoxy-coated steel. Top cap and upper structure are heavy gauge stainless steel.

Gas Churrascos:

  • Front and rear, independently controlled infrared burner banks.
  • Deep water bath below spits to prevent flare-ups and to facilitate cleaning.
  • Convenient water fill valve accessible from front.
  • Batch flow the water bath or set for continuous flow.
  • High energy infrareds afford the operator ultra-efficient use of kitchen/hood space

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Churrasco48” W X 34” D X 70” H15-20”120V/1.8AN/AN/A
Gas Fired Churrasco54” W X 35.5” Deep X 72” H32-20”120V/1.8 A280,000 BTU’s1/2 inch NPT
 

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