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2012-09-18 07:17:59 PM  

timujin: Beerguy: The list is pretty good with one GLARING omission....

meh... Rendevouz has history, but they haven't been great in a long time.


It's where you take tourists when they visit.
 
2012-09-18 07:18:15 PM  

llevrok: Angelos. Fort Worth TX


Angelo's is awesome.
Railhead is better.

/List fails w/o one of these
 
2012-09-18 07:19:03 PM  
List hit the Kreuz Market and Dinosaur. So wins. I guess Angelos in Foat Wuth is too small, but still love that place too. Also, the Orig Sonny's in Big D does not suck. There are a few chains down here that started here that also are not complete idiots, Spring Creek and Sweet Baby Rays. In the final analysis, there are no bad BBQ places, only bad reviewers. or somthing.
 
2012-09-18 07:19:25 PM  

ThrowYourHatredDown: Not complaining about the list, I have been to a few of them. I spent some time all over northern Alabama last year and ate at more than one excellent BBQ joint while there. Was pleasantly surprised as I never heard much about AL BBQ. I think they are flying under the radar.


Which parts of NoAl?
 
2012-09-18 07:19:34 PM  
Wilson's BBQ, Emporia, VA. If you're traveling I-95, it's not far off the interstate. Spectacular.
 
2012-09-18 07:20:00 PM  

Nabb1: Only one place from Memphis on there? Shenanigans. The Joint has some good cue for New Orleans, but we aren't known for good barbecue. Squeal on Oaks Street is pretty good, too, but neither of them are as good as some of the places I hit in Memphis when I'm up there.


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2012-09-18 07:22:29 PM  

MaxBliss: Podn


And it really is farking fantastic.
 
2012-09-18 07:22:31 PM  
If you're South of Austin on I 35 in San Marcos, Texas, I love Fuschak's BBQ
 
2012-09-18 07:22:37 PM  

StrikeTk: Phil


I purposefully over ordered last time I was there (2 racks pork, full order (5) beef ribs, a half chicken and sides. I had left overs for the few days. It was a good week.
 
2012-09-18 07:22:54 PM  
For pork BBQ, go to Allman's in Fredericksburg VA.

www.choppedonion.com

For beef, Johnny Boy's in LaPlata, MD

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2012-09-18 07:23:14 PM  

MaxBliss: Podnah's Pit in Portland, the only BBQ joint west of the Rockies included in the list!


Okay, that was weird. Let's try that again!

And it really is farking fantastic.
 
2012-09-18 07:24:36 PM  

robodog: Sad King Billy: The Salt Lick in Driftwood gets high marks for the atmosphere, the BYOB policy and the coleslaw. The meat is so-so. It's a nice place to end the day after visiting some of the nearby wineries with a group of friends.

The brisket and ribs were ok but the sausage was some of the best I've ever had, it was also one of the best meals I've ever had because I had some estate wine from one of the nearby winery's.


Sounds like a good time.
 
2012-09-18 07:26:14 PM  
When you hear something like "Kansas City has the best BBQ" it doesn't mean that the best BBQ joint is in Kansas City. It means that 27th best BBQ in town is still really good.
 
2012-09-18 07:28:01 PM  

ATTENTION HOUSTONIANS:
GOODE CO. IS ENTIRELY AVERAGE



You ask anyone in Houston where the best is and they say Goode Co. Why? It's been around forever, and there is no other decent BBQ in Houston, a city with otherwise awesome restaurants. Texas has good BBQ, Houston is a big city, therefore their best must belong on the list. Wrong.

Goode Co. is smartest kid on the short bus that is Houston BBQ.
 
2012-09-18 07:28:50 PM  
Texas Pride and Rudy's (the two originals, not the chain ones up 35) in San Antonio are really good. And County Line in SA isn't bad for chain BBQ.
 
2012-09-18 07:31:01 PM  
bbq is made from pork
 
2012-09-18 07:31:45 PM  
Purty dern good list. Impossible to hit them all, which is why we have Guy Fieri, and why we cannot have nice things.
 
2012-09-18 07:32:10 PM  

Lsherm: List fails without Famous Dave's.

  

userserve-ak.last.fm 
Not sure if serious...?
 
2012-09-18 07:34:11 PM  

J_in_NJ: Great find, subby! I'm off to Austin/NOLA next month, & will be passing through Houston on the way. So I'll be able to hit 5 of the spots in one week. 😄


Don't waste your time on Goode's. Try Gatlin's in the ghetto if you're passing through Houston.
 
2012-09-18 07:35:08 PM  

haywatchthis: bbq is made from pork


Among other things.
 
2012-09-18 07:35:19 PM  
WoooHooo the Moonlight made it.
 
2012-09-18 07:36:29 PM  

CJHardin: List fails without 12 Bones in Asheville, NC.



Damn straight it does!

Also Black"s bbq
 
2012-09-18 07:37:02 PM  

ben_oakmag: If you're South of Austin on I 35 in San Marcos, Texas, I love Fuschak's BBQ


You're joking right? That place is like the golden corral of BBQ
 
2012-09-18 07:37:34 PM  

JohnBigBootay: adamgreeney: Gates BBQ beats the hell out of Arthur Bryants. Fail

word. i can tolerate arthur bryant's sauce on good meat. I can drink gate's sauce out the bottle cold and like it.


I was going to say the list fails without original Gates. I ate there a few times while out in KC on business and actually bought some of the sauce and seasoning to bring back home to FL.
 
2012-09-18 07:37:53 PM  

PallMall: Gatlin's in the ghetto


i seached Gatlin's in the ghetto and didn't come back with any results for bbq
 
2012-09-18 07:39:28 PM  

Banned on the Run: ATTENTION HOUSTONIANS:
GOODE CO. IS ENTIRELY AVERAGE

You ask anyone in Houston where the best is and they say Goode Co. Why? It's been around forever, and there is no other decent BBQ in Houston, a city with otherwise awesome restaurants. Texas has good BBQ, Houston is a big city, therefore their best must belong on the list. Wrong.

Goode Co. is smartest kid on the short bus that is Houston BBQ.


Houston has lots of good BBQ joints, but they're small, run down boxes with questionable health stats, buried in neighborhoods around town.

Heck, there's a gas station off of 290 (in Waller, IIRC) that has better BBQ than Goode Co.
 
2012-09-18 07:40:26 PM  

haywatchthis: bbq is made from pork


No it isn't.

holysmokes4bbq.com
This is BarbQ.

and this
www.texasbrosbbq.com

deskarati.com
 
2012-09-18 07:40:29 PM  

Banned on the Run: ATTENTION HOUSTONIANS:
GOODE CO. IS ENTIRELY AVERAGE

You ask anyone in Houston where the best is and they say Goode Co. Why? It's been around forever, and there is no other decent BBQ in Houston, a city with otherwise awesome restaurants. Texas has good BBQ, Houston is a big city, therefore their best must belong on the list. Wrong.

Goode Co. is smartest kid on the short bus that is Houston BBQ.


So there is zero good BBQ in the Houston area? Just moved here and everyone I ask comes up with a chain or somewhere that requires a day trip. This is disappointing.
 
2012-09-18 07:43:28 PM  

haywatchthis: PallMall: Gatlin's in the ghetto

i seached Gatlin's in the ghetto and didn't come back with any results for bbq


It's in the Heights.. which has actually upgraded some, but I doubt the area it's in has upgraded as much. http://gatlinsbbq.com/

Apparently they have a fancy new website too.
 
2012-09-18 07:45:06 PM  
SLOWS
 
2012-09-18 07:45:41 PM  

eaglepuss: Banned on the Run: ATTENTION HOUSTONIANS:
GOODE CO. IS ENTIRELY AVERAGE

You ask anyone in Houston where the best is and they say Goode Co. Why? It's been around forever, and there is no other decent BBQ in Houston, a city with otherwise awesome restaurants. Texas has good BBQ, Houston is a big city, therefore their best must belong on the list. Wrong.

Goode Co. is smartest kid on the short bus that is Houston BBQ.

So there is zero good BBQ in the Houston area? Just moved here and everyone I ask comes up with a chain or somewhere that requires a day trip. This is disappointing.


Take a drive.north to Conroe, cut west to Brenham. They invented cows there. You will find what you seek.
 
2012-09-18 07:45:50 PM  

eaglepuss: Banned on the Run: ATTENTION HOUSTONIANS:
GOODE CO. IS ENTIRELY AVERAGE

You ask anyone in Houston where the best is and they say Goode Co. Why? It's been around forever, and there is no other decent BBQ in Houston, a city with otherwise awesome restaurants. Texas has good BBQ, Houston is a big city, therefore their best must belong on the list. Wrong.

Goode Co. is smartest kid on the short bus that is Houston BBQ.

So there is zero good BBQ in the Houston area? Just moved here and everyone I ask comes up with a chain or somewhere that requires a day trip. This is disappointing.


Look through the Houston Press, Texas Monthly, and then just ask around. Ignore Goode Co. BBQ joints are everywhere, but the big BBQ plants around Houston sacrifice quality to cover the overhead associated with building a giant smoker and racks in a strip center location.
 
2012-09-18 07:46:07 PM  
I F'in hate Chive.

All it does is remind me about the state of whoredom in our young female population and reminds me that no matter how hard I try, I cannot look away...
 
2012-09-18 07:46:30 PM  

ManRay: Fox Brothers is a good pick, but there are several better in town to displace some of those out west or up north.


I'm partial to Fat Matt's. Now if I have time, Fresh Aire in Jackson and Sprayberry's in Newnan are well worth the drive.
 
2012-09-18 07:47:10 PM  

lifeboat: [pics3.city-data.com image 480x360] 

/Used to live within smelling distance
//Mouth watering just thinking about it


Grew up in Evanston, moved to SO IL right when Hecky's was getting started in '85. Where do I live now? You got it, Murphysboro, home of the REAL 17th St, not this O'Fallon-Sparta-Marion shiat. BTW, agree with the comments about the ATX joints - neither were around when I lived there 88-92...we went to Sam's on E 12th (before the fire) or Stubb's (NB 35 feeder, just S of 38th, next to Academy) , or roadtripped to City Market.
 
Biv
2012-09-18 07:47:21 PM  

JonBuck: Ranch House BBQ near Olympia, Washington.

Yes, Washington state. Best I ever tasted.


To be fair, that part of Washington might as well be the south.

And I just about had an accident from the pic of Kreuz Market's Hot Sausage Links
 
2012-09-18 07:48:11 PM  
Not to diminish Gates, AB's, Jack Stack, Zarda or OK Joe's. They are all great in their own way. (HI MAY I HELP YOU!!??!?!?)

But, I sho did love me some LC's on Blue Parkway in KCMO in the 90s. Anybody tried them recently? Going back to visit KC this fall.

Side question: Is the Levee still around and laid back/fun as 15-20 years ago? What about Harling's upstairs? Grand Emporium? It's all coming back to me now... I really loved Amazing Grace's BBQ inside the GE. She used to have a different sauce every night, it seemed.

Looking forward to the visit. Been over a decade...
 
2012-09-18 07:48:29 PM  
How to tell if the BBQ joint is worth trying:

If there is not a pig on the sign, it can only be average at best.
 
2012-09-18 07:48:55 PM  
BTW, this weekend is the Murphysboro BBQ cookoff, hosted by Mike Mills & 17th St...y'all should come visit sometime!
 
2012-09-18 07:49:09 PM  

PapaChester: I F'in hate Chive.

All it does is remind me about the state of whoredom in our young female population and reminds me that no matter how hard I try, I cannot look away...


You're looking at it from the wrong angle sir.
 
2012-09-18 07:50:11 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: eaglepuss: Banned on the Run: ATTENTION HOUSTONIANS:
GOODE CO. IS ENTIRELY AVERAGE

You ask anyone in Houston where the best is and they say Goode Co. Why? It's been around forever, and there is no other decent BBQ in Houston, a city with otherwise awesome restaurants. Texas has good BBQ, Houston is a big city, therefore their best must belong on the list. Wrong.

Goode Co. is smartest kid on the short bus that is Houston BBQ.

So there is zero good BBQ in the Houston area? Just moved here and everyone I ask comes up with a chain or somewhere that requires a day trip. This is disappointing.

Take a drive.north to Conroe, cut west to Brenham. They invented cows there. You will find what you seek.


Also east of Conroe, south of the Big Thicket is Sisbee. Been there done. Lotta miles but how bad do you want it?
 
2012-09-18 07:50:19 PM  
Five questions to ask yourself when looking for a good BBQ Joint

1. Does the outside look like and abandoned building?
2. Is there a broken down pickup full of firewood parked near by?
3. Is there wonderful smelling smoke drifting from the rear of the building in quantities large enough to make you dial 911?
4. Is the parking lot full on a Tuesday Afternoon?
5. Do the interior furnishing look like they were picked out of the dumpster at Goodwill?

If the answer to number 3 is yes, and you can answer yes to 2 of the other questions chances are it is good BBQ.
 
2012-09-18 07:52:07 PM  

Another Government Employee: ManRay: Fox Brothers is a good pick, but there are several better in town to displace some of those out west or up north.

I'm partial to Fat Matt's. Now if I have time, Fresh Aire in Jackson and Sprayberry's in Newnan are well worth the drive.


I drive up to Big Ds in Dawsonville just to get the Brownie Plate.

Try it the next time you go to the outlets.
 
2012-09-18 07:52:26 PM  

RagnarD: Lsherm: List fails without Famous Dave's.  

[userserve-ak.last.fm image 438x555] 
Not sure if serious...?


The folk at Ted Cook's 19th Hole want to kick you in your nuts.
Hell, even Scott JaMama wants to kick you in your nuts.
 
2012-09-18 07:52:35 PM  
goode comapny in houston? they're allright, but there's better in the city

just stay the fark away from beef and bun, and if you go there my condolences
 
2012-09-18 07:53:35 PM  

Another Government Employee: Sprayberry's in Newnan are well worth the drive.


I grew up in PTC and that has always been one of my favorites. Oh and if you are ever forced to go to the outlets in Dawsonville Big D's is pretty damn good.
 
2012-09-18 07:53:46 PM  
This list is making me wonder if I should just walk outside my back door and head to Heirloom Market BBQ. Maybe go there tomorrow for dinner.
 
2012-09-18 07:54:40 PM  

ManRay: I drive up to Big Ds in Dawsonville just to get the Brownie Plate.


Get there early on the weekend if you want that, and it is heaven.
 
2012-09-18 07:55:05 PM  

Tom_Slick: Five questions to ask yourself when looking for a good BBQ Joint

1. Does the outside look like and abandoned building?
2. Is there a broken down pickup full of firewood parked near by?
3. Is there wonderful smelling smoke drifting from the rear of the building in quantities large enough to make you dial 911?
4. Is the parking lot full on a Tuesday Afternoon?
5. Do the interior furnishing look like they were picked out of the dumpster at Goodwill?

If the answer to number 3 is yes, and you can answer yes to 2 of the other questions chances are it is good BBQ.


Nailed it. Strip mall bbq is not that. Stand alone mom n pops, run down tornado wrecked trailer park neighborhoods, you're home. Go driving, stop in the some podunk and just ask the local po-po. He knows where the Q is. Texas Country Reporter, signing off.
 
2012-09-18 07:55:25 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: haywatchthis: bbq is made from pork

No it isn't.

[holysmokes4bbq.com image 645x294]
This is BarbQ.

and this
[www.texasbrosbbq.com image 520x299]

[deskarati.com image 300x225]


ts1.mm.bing.net
 
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