@f00l We have a gas grill, a charcoal grill, and a smoker. Different foods, different applications. BBQ is a day long affair, but if you’re doing a brisket, it’s well worth it.
Speaking of brisket, I think some of the best I’ve had in a long time was at this dive in Dallas. Maple & Motor. Asked for a basket with pieces and ends instead of a sandwich and was pretty tickled they obliged with all of the good stuff.
That’s a sandwich and hamburger shop that does a few BBQ sandwiches right?
I don’t know Dallas BBQ that well, but never regret a visit to Sonny Bryan’s. There’s a location very near the place you visited (on Inwood).
In FW, Angelo’s, Cousin’s, or Railhead are serious for starters. There are others.
For the aficionado, all the state takes this seriously, and will fight over it - by lore, the most you-don’t-want-to-leave-this-restaurant-ever places are reputed to be in the Hill Country - the small towns going west from I35, west from the Georgetown/Austin/SanAntonio line for 100-250 miles or so. Fredericksburg is a central point for the BBQ hunt.
Texas Monthly is one arbiter who writes this up, and also the local city mags. Texas Monthly takes this seriously - any other state that claims good BBQ is welcome to a friendly rivalry and a shot at 2nd place.
The rest is googling. Big media usually misses many fine tiny places. In the small towns, hit a gas station or coffee shop or DQ and ask - if they start to swell with pride and they wanna brag for an hour, you have a lucky find.
I’m sure some fortunate bastard somewhere must study this culture at the PhD level.
Here casual people mangle the two words and no one seems to mind.
And it’s fine to do the real BBQ and be decent if relaxed at it, and have a great time.
But if you mention BBQ and the utter even one syllable of self-praise without a self-deprecating disclaimer, it’s on.
if you brag, you are toast - unless you’ve already placed in a few local competitions. Your competition will blow you away from the table and off the map and invite you to permanent exile in OK.
Now, nothing much is bad about OK food, esp steak, tho those thieving bastards do insist on recruiting in Texas for football players so it’s hard to talk nicely about them. But no-one wants to have to go to OK because of a BBQ failure. Such shame.
Texans tend to do more beef than pork, but suit yourself. As for technique and terminology, I yield to the experts. I just know how to find some good places. Sometime I think a car just follows the aroma.
Just yesterday I took to the grill for some hamburgers during lunch and some country boneless pork ribs for dinner. Today we are using the smoker box on the grill to smoke us a Black Friday turkey! The cheapest of all the turkeys.
Here in the desert, New Year’s is often shorts weather, and the gaming group often grills brats and ribs for our annual New Years Avalon Hill Advanced Civilization game. A true gaming dinosaur, takes 9 or 10 players 9 or 10 hours to really play it. One of my favorite games but we only play it once a year. Attention spans just aren’t what they used to be.