Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Best BBQ of 2015 - Texas Pit Quest Celebrates the Excellence of Texas BBQ

2015 was the breakout year for Texas Pit Quest. My friends Andrew and Bryan and I traveled far and wide in search of premier Texas BBQ; we discovered some new gems, and were happy to find many of our favorites still delivering quality Q on a consistent basis.

Houston-area BBQ featured prominently in our travels, as it's really our home base, but several 400 plus-mile road trips took us to new BBQ destinations across Texas. Some have asked what was my favorite BBQ I had this year. I looked back through my posts and photos and have assembled what I recall to be my 25 most memorable bites (or trays I shared), presented here in chronological order:

Killen's Barbecue - Pearland: Brisket, sausage, and pork ribs, 2/8/15

Southern Q BBQ & Catering - Houston: Taste of the South Sampler Platter, 2/14/15

Freedmen's Bar - Austin: Holy Trinity Plate, 3/7/15

Blue Moon BBQ - Hearne: Cowboy Cornbread, 3/7/15

Pinkerton's Barbecue - Houston: Brisket, 3/14/15

Tin Roof BBQ - Humble: Texas Cheesesteak Sandwich, 4/3/15

Snow's BBQ - Lexington: Brisket and chicken, 4/4/15

Louie Mueller Barbecue - Taylor: Big beef plate rib, 4/4/15

Jackson Street BBQ - Houston: Pork spareribs, 4/9/15

Jackson Street BBQ - Houston: Brisket burnt ends on jalapeno cheddar biscuit, 4/17/15

Zimmerhanzel's BBQ - Smithville: Beef sausage, 4/18/15

Pieous - Austin: House-smoked pastrami, 4/18/15

Feges BBQ - Houston: Whole hog, Houston Barbecue Festival, 4/26/15

Blood Bros. BBQ - Houston: Smoked quail, 5/9/15

Pioneer BBQ - Nixon: Brisket, ribs, sausage, firecracker corn, 5/30/15

Kreuz Market - Lockhart: Pork chop, plus full spread, 5/30/15

Southside Market & Barbeque - Bastrop: Southside Sausage Slammer, 5/30/15

Roegels Barbecue Co. - Houston: Smoked rack of lamb, 6/1/15

Blood Bros. BBQ - Houston: Gochujang beef belly burnt ends, 6/20/15

Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ - Tyler: The infamous Mother Clucker, 7/2/15

Pappa Charlies Barbeque - Houston: Boneless beef short rib burnt ends, 7/31/15

Corkscrew BBQ - Spring: Full spread, 8/1/15

John Mueller Meat Co. - Austin: Brisket, 8/29/15

Pappa Charlies Barbeque - Houston: Pork spareribs, 10/20/15

Pappa Charlies Barbeque - Houston: Full spread, 10/21/15

Pappa Charlies Barbeque - Houston: Brisket chili Frito pie, 12/27/15

(photo by Pappa Charlies Barbeque)

All photos © Scott Sandlin, Texas Pit Quest, unless noted otherwise. All rights reserved.


  1. Gonna have to check out Freedman's soon.

  2. Make beyond any doubt your BBQ is sufficiently hot before you begin cooking. The charcoal ought to be white hot. bbq