For several years, John DeMers served as editor of Texas Foodlover magazine. Today he lives in Houston and concentrates on his weekly food and wine radio show, Delicious Mischief. A longtime reporter and editor for United Press International, John has written from 136 foreign countries. This is his 37th published book.
Part travel guide, part recipe book…You’ll find plenty of secrets” – San Antonio Express News
“After a gut-busting tour of seemingly every mom-and-pop barbecue joint in the state of Texas, veteran author DeMers has produced a definitive state guide to independent ‘cuers, divided by region (east, north, central, etc.). Since it’s Texas, beef brisket features prominently, though methods of preparation (dry rub, choice of wood, time on the smoker, etc.) vary intriguingly. Choice menu items and contact information are provided, but DeMer’s focus is on the characters who make it happen: Eric Hilliard and the Hackleman brothers of Smokey Joe’s in Nash believe the Lord Himself wanted them to enter the business; trained chef Wayne Anderson ditched 30 years of country-wide kitchen work for a battered baseball hat and a barbecue pit in Marble Falls; and WWII veteran Vencil Mares, proprietor of the Taylor Café for over 50 years, who has trained no successor to keep Texans in his brisket, named one of the 20 best dishes in America by USA Today. A handful of recipes round out this thorough travel guide; readers on the trail of Texas culinary gold should find it as indispensable as a map. Color photos.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“You will find plenty of mouth-watering suggestions in the 250 pages of this book.” – Abilene Reporter News
“A new book on Texas barbecue serves up a heaping platter of Tarrant County dining spots… North Texas is well represented in this book.” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“He takes more of a storyteller’s role… sketching slices of life to savor rather than adopting the role of standard reviewer.”
“An excellent guide for your own rib-fueled road trip…just spread out a map and connect the dots.” – Fiery Foods & BBQ magazine
“John DeMers takes readers table-and pit-side to restaurants around the state.The paperback easily fits into the glove compartment for handy road reference.” – Southern Living Magazine, January 2009