Smoke is mysterious, fire is uncertain, and pit men are expensive. So the mystery, uncertainty, and expense of taking the chance to make great barbecue is being replaced by the quantifiable methods of always making pretty good 'cue.

— Jim Shahin

Austin Chronicle

San Antonio Tour


2003 Barbecue CrewThis tour took us in a wide circle out and around San Antonio.  We visited 18 BBQ joints, 2 brewpubs, 2 private residences, 1 brewery, 1 bar, and 1 low water crossing in 58.5 hours while covering over 650 miles.

The Barbecue Crew celebrated the end of the BBQ trail at a private residence directly on the Comal river.  And for the grand finale the "Fab4" bought 3 suitcases of beer, donned 2 mullets, rafted the Guadalupe, and then visited several other miscellaneous bars (including the brewpub inside our hotel).  We encountered primarily oak and
mesquite-smoked barbecue cooked using indirect heat.  This year we found several places using gas-fired ovens,
electric smokers, and even one place that cooked directly over charcoal.


2003 BBQ Scores.pdf10.91 KB


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