We recently had a chance to check in and check out Hutchins BBQ located in McKinney (closed temporarily due to fire) and Frisco, Texas recently with some pretty positive results. In this world where BBQ can be an easy sell if you happen to have a smoker and a stacks of meat, perhaps with a kitschy name or theme. Where the big chains fail is on delivery of the goods, and it is unfortunate that many follow their happily played tune. But we know better than all of this.
Hutchins is the real deal BBQ in a land of mediocre. They actually use prime meats, which almost seems like a wasted effort. If you slow cook even the worst cut of beef it will eventually relent to an edible plateau, but why risk it? This effort shines through not only with the brisket, which comes out of a day long bath of post oak and pecan wood smoke with a rich and juicy superior meatiness, but also with their baby back ribs. Continue reading →
Two Texas high school teams earned a lifetime of BBQ bragging rights recently for winning the 2021 Texas High School State BBQ Championship title beating out 59 other teams in the state-wide competition at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center in Llano, Texas. The co-grand championship teams, “Smoking Eagles” from Atascocita High School and the “Bulldog FFA BBQ” from Burnet High School won top honors from High School BBQ, Inc. judges. Co-grand championship teams each won a prize package that included a trophy, custom-designed belt buckles, $25,000 in institutional scholarships from Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, and another $5,000 each in cash scholarships from High School BBQ Inc. as part of the grueling day-long cook off.
Wrangle up your best Stetson and cowboy boots to celebrate Texas with your favorite country hits along with line dancing, lasso throwing, mechanical bull-riding and some tasty BBQ at the May 15th Addison After Dark, Boots, Brews & BBQ, at Addison Circle Park.
Singer-songwriter Elaina Kay kicks things off at 7 p.m., followed by Country & Western dance lessons from Studio 22 at 7:30 p.m. Headliner Straight Tequila Night takes the stage at 8 p.m. to perform the greatest hits from ’90s country. “The Corral” will offer up mechanical bull rides, lasso throwing and a balloon artist providing free balloon animals and other twisted balloon sculptures (from 7-10 p.m.).
Barbecue varies by region, with the four main styles named after their place of origin: Memphis, Tenn.; North Carolina; Kansas City; and Texas. Memphis is renowned for pulled pork-shoulder doused in sweet tomato-based sauce (eaten on its own or as a sandwich). North Carolina smokes the whole hog in a vinegar-based sauce. Kansas City natives prefers ribs cooked in a dry rub, and Texans… well, Texans dig beef. Continue reading →
Lockhart Smokehouse is smokin’ this holiday season with family-style portions to celebrate the season. From the smokehouse enjoy fully smoked turkeys and hams, prime rib, or whole briskets (serves 18-20 people) served along side green bean casseroles, cheesy potato casserole, smoked cream corn, mac n’ cheese with peach cobbler and s’mores bread pudding for dessert ($35-$220).
Sugarfire Smokehouse, the St. Louis style BBQ spot with several locations around the U.S., has opened in the Creekside development of Lake Highlands, next door to Fireside Pies.
Diners can expect all the standard favorites like brisket, sausage, ribs and turkey, but Sugarfire also boasts a large selection of grass fed burgers and sandwiches, as well as salmon for the pescatarian in the group.