Follow the Smoke

Summer has officially begun and what better way to spend it than road tripping across the great state of Texas? And what’s the most important aspect of taking a road trip? The many different places to eat of course! Unfortunately, visitors and locals alike are traveling around Texas with little to no knowledge of great Texan eateries, so they often just stop at a Sonic or a Dairy Queen. Don’t be that person. Instead, you can read John DeMer’s Follow the Smoke: 13,783 Miles of Great Texas Barbeque and learn about 119 delicious barbeque joints that are across smokin’ Texas.

Visiting the Hill Country? Head on over to Austin and stop by the Iron Works Barbeque on 100 Red River Street.  Iron Works Barbeque opened in the 1970’s and not much has changed since. They started with great food, and there’s no need to fix what ain’t broken! Jay Leno is a lifetime customer and swears by the place, if that means anything to you. If not, then check it out for yourself and let us know if it’s the pits!

Perhaps you’ll be visiting the folks over in East Texas—if so, then you should swing down to Houston, and after stopping by to say hi to us at Bright Sky Press, head to Demeris BBQ on 2911 S. Shepherd. This is one of the best BBQ restaurants around and you won’t leave hungry. There’s a young lady in this office who is constantly praising their jalapeño sausage!

follow_smokeblogHeaded to the southern part of Texas?  Check out the Bar-B-Q Shack in Fulton. It may not look like much (because when they mean “shack,” they ain’t lying), but these boys know how to smoke some brisket. There’re only a few items on the menu, but that only means that each type of food is guaranteed to be fantastic.

If you’re going up North to visit the big city of Dallas, try the original Sonny’s BBQ on 2202 Inwood Road. Sonny’s has roots stemming from 1910, with customers of food fame—namely Julia Child and Rachael Ray—and has been featured on both the Travel Channel and the Food Network! If you’re in the area, you should definitely be the next customer.

And if you happen to be passing through my hometown of Midland in West Texas, go to KD’s Bar-B-Q. No seriously, go there. These people know how to cook tasty BBQ, hearty sides and delicious desserts. The people are friendly, the food is good and the atmosphere makes you feel at home!

There are over a hundred other suggestions in Follow the Smoke from all corners of our great state.  The next time you’re on the road, keep an eye out for these great BBQ places. Whether in the middle of downtown or nowhere, just find them!

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