Best Texas Barbecue

Calvin Trillin on a shocking shakeup in the Texas Monthly barbecue rankings:

Reading that the best barbecue in Texas was at Snow’s, in Lexington, I felt like a People subscriber who had picked up the “Sexiest Man Alive” issue and discovered that the sexiest man alive was Sheldon Ludnick, an insurance adjuster from Terre Haute, Indiana, with Clooney as the runner-up.

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  1. DC Loser says:

    Meh. Any reader of Trillin would know that he considers KC barbecue (since he’s from KC), specifically Arthur Bryant’s, to be the ultimate in BBQ.

  2. Alex Knapp says:

    Winning the prize of “Best Texas Barbecue” is like being the best rookie pitcher in the A league. It’s no small feat, I suppose, but it’s not exactly the big leagues, is it?

    Best Kansas City barbecue, though? Now there’s a competition…

  3. Dave Schuler says:

    I’m not sure that OTB is an appropriate forum for contentious religious discussions like barbecue.

    North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, and others all have their supporters.

    The best barbecue I have personally eaten (and I’ve supped on all of the above at one time or another) was at a now-defunct but legendary place called Big John’s in the unlikely location of Peoria, Illinois.

  4. Dave Schuler says:

    I mean, what’s next? Transubstantiation vs. consubstantiation?

  5. Davebo says:

    My wife is from Lexington and I can tell you Snow’s is more a phenomenon than a bbq joint. People drive or in some cases fly for hours early on Saturday morning for just a chance to get some.
    One weekend when we went up after the TX Monthly article two men had flown from LA in a private jet into Austin, then drove out and they were too late.

    And comparing KC bbq with TX bbq with Memphis bbq is like comparing Thai food to Chinese.

  6. Drew says:

    I’m glad to see that OTB has gotten to the meat of the matter…….or the meat that matters.

    Memphis, peoples. Memphis.

  7. G.A.Phillips says:

    BBQ, blah,I won the OTB caption contest, against some of the funniest sh-t from some of the smartest, smart -sses in the whole wide world Outside the Beltway!