There's not much point in complaining about high-tech barbecue. It serves a purpose, and it's here to stay. And no doubt the quality of it will keep on improving. But as the old barbecue joints slowly disappear, each one that remains becomes a bigger treasure.

— Robb Walsh

The Art of Smoke, originally published in The Houston Press

Big Country Tour


Big Os BBQ Crew2006 - Our 8th annual barbecue tour.  We operated on a 'skeleton' BBQ crew, which allowed us to cover a great deal of territory (Weatherford to Sweetwater to San Angelo to Stephenville). We drove more miles (790) and visited more joints (20 1/2) than ever before.


Here are some tour highlights, by the numbers:

  • 1 Bottle of Patron Anejo
  • 2 Hotel rooms
  • 3 Ironman participants
  • 4 Total participants
  • 5 Major wind farms in the area
  • 6 Minimum number of joints per day
  • 7 1/2 Maximum number of joints per day
  • 9 Small colleges in tour towns
  • 10 Dollars for best value tour stop
  • 12 Major railways crisscross the area
  • 20 1/2 Total joints visited
  • 242 Minimum daily mileage
  • 303 Maximum daily mileage
  • 738 Turbines on wind farms in the area
  • 790 Total tour mileage
  • 1,150 Megawatts produced by wind farms in the area
  • >250,000 Homes that could be powered by wind farms in the area
  • 345,000 Goats in Texas, with the leading market in San Angelo
  • 1,130,000 Sheep in Texas, with the leading market in San Angelo

Too bad the sheep and goat ranchers in the area care more about wool and mohair than mutton and cabrito! Some of the themes surrounding the Big Country tour were Energy (coal, oil, wind), Livestock (cattle, sheep, goats), Railroads, Rodeo, Mesquite, and Cornbread.

2006 BBQ Tour Scores.pdf6.78 KB


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