Thursday evening, The Boy and I attended a special screening of "For the Love of Meat," a documentary of Central Texas BBQ. It's a cute little documentary which focuses on some of the Hall of Famers of Central Texas BBQ: Aaron Franklin of Franklin's, Wayne Mueller of Louis Mueller's, and Tootsie Tomanetz of Snow's.
There were only two downsides to the documentary. First, they focused only on brisket, and that's not a specialty of some places like Cooper's in Llano. Secondly, going hand in hand with the first part, it was too short. Otherwise, it was really cool to watch the movie with a bunch of BBQ elites, including a couple friends. Also, congratulations to friend Thomas Micklethwait, who hosted First Lady Michelle Obama when she visited Austin for SXSW. /no politics
When I was growing up, even though I lived in Houston, BBQ was always such a Central Texas thing for me. We drove to Giddings, Luling, Taylor, etc., for our BBQ fixes. BBQ in Houston was the County Line off FM 1960, which was only good because it was all you can eat.
So, I'm curious: what's the BBQ scene in Houston these days? And, no matter where you live, do you have any favorite BBQ joints in your area? Here in Austin, I strongly recommend Ruby's just north of campus on Guadalupe and Stiles Switch (pitmaster is a Mueller disciple) on N. Lamar in addition to the usual suspects (Franklin's, La BBQ, etc.).
Feel free to use this as an open thread for the rest of the day. Usual open thread rules apply, so please be kind to each other. Finally, this is a pants free thread, so be sure to drop trou before you join.