140 episodes

A Texas BBQ Podcast highlighting the food, personalities, and traditions of the Lone Star State's smoked meats.

Tales from the pits, a Texas BBQ podcast featuring trendsetters, leaders, and icons from the barbecue industry Andrew and Bryan

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A Texas BBQ Podcast highlighting the food, personalities, and traditions of the Lone Star State's smoked meats.

    Ep. 141 - Three years of Tales

    Ep. 141 - Three years of Tales

    When we started this podcast three years ago we had no idea what the show would become or the places it would take us. We are incredibly grateful to all of the amazing people in the BBQ industry that have given us the gift of their time and their story. 
     From our first episode breaking down the 2017 Texas Monthly top ten list to interviews with some of the top BBQ cooks and pit fabricators and everything in between, we’ve had the time of our lives helping to provide a platform for these talented people to share their stories. 
     
    We can’t thank enough our guests and even more importantly anyone whose taken the time to listen to these episodes for three years. Thank you for letting these two barbecue nerds take you down the rabbit hole. There’s much more to come...
      
    Recent Joe Zavala Interview referenced in this episode: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Idu-g_rxpD0&feature=youtu.be

    • 39 min
    Ep. 140 - Supporting BBQ through tough times

    Ep. 140 - Supporting BBQ through tough times

    The world, and more recently the United States, has begun to deal with the effects of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As large events cancel, corporations and school districts suspend operations, and people begin to stay home in large numbers, the inevitable decline in sales that small businesses will experience is frightening for many Americans.
     
    Barbecue restaurants operate on tight budgets and slim profit margins and have begun to prepare for a slow down in business as best they can. In addition to those concerns, these dedicated hospitality professionals feel an overwhelming sense of obligation to keep their families, staff, and customers safe as they try to maintain a successful business.
     
    In this episode we wanted to provide information to barbecue consumers and industry professionals based on our experiences and from our discussions with the business owners themselves. We provide tips for consumers on how they can do their part to not only support small businesses but to do so as safely and responsibly as possible along with information that can aid restaurant owners and staff in giving consumers more peace of mind during these trying times.
     

    • 39 min
    Ep. 139 - Truth Barbeque Houston , scaling a barbecue business

    Ep. 139 - Truth Barbeque Houston , scaling a barbecue business

    In August of 2015 Leonard Botello and family opened up a tiny BBQ joint just outside of Brenham, Texas. There was no big grand opening, there was no meeting of the #BBQFam or podcasts, and no social media campaign. That is precisely how Leonard wanted to launch.
    Bryan noticed the name change from "J's BBQ" (not to be confused with LJ's which was to open later) to "Truth Barbeque" as he drove back and forth from Austin to Houston. Gone were the old school rectangular pits and in their place was a large Klose pit. Curiosity prevailed and a stop there resulted in surprisingly good barbecue. Repeat visits proved it was not a fluke and the word began to spread.
    By 2016 the word was out and lines began forming before open. In 2017 Truth landed a spot in the Texas Monthly top 10, cementing their name as one of the best barbecue joints in Texas. Plans were afoot to open a larger location in the heart of Houston's Heights neighborhood and by 2019 the almost impossibly small restaurant in Brenham had a big brother finally open.
    The opening wasn't easy. Leonard wanted a quiet build but the location was identified and the demand for Truth Houston to open grew. Battling confusing and inconsistent health department enforcement and dialing in all new pits custom built for the Houston location while dealing with not just expanded cooking volume but additional business days took their toll. There was a lot of lost sleep and tweaking required to dial things in to where Leonard was satisfied with the quality.
    A little after a year after opening Leonard is finally able to take a deep breath and step back a bit to enjoy what he, family, and team have built. We caught up with Leonard and Corey Taylor to find out what it was like to scale and transform a sleepy little barbecue joint into Truth BBQ Houston.
    For additional background:http://texasbbqtreasurehunt.com/young-gun-pit-masters-leonard-botello-of-truth-bbq/
    http://texasbbqtreasurehunt.com/truth-bbq-first-impression/
    Visit Truth at their original location in Brenham, Texas or at their Houston locationhttps://www.truthbbq.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/truth_bbq/
    https://twitter.com/truth_bbq
     

    • 49 min
    Ep. 138 - Five of our favorite things in BBQ February 2020

    Ep. 138 - Five of our favorite things in BBQ February 2020

    On our way back from a recent road trip we came up with five of our favorite things happening in BBQ right now.
    We discussed the following topics:
    What's old is new again
    Breaking away from the brisket bubble
    Accessibility of great BBQ
    Expansion of quality BBQ joints
    The full meal experience
    Take a listen and if you like our show please make sure to tell others, and if you visit a BBQ joint or buy a pit from someone you found out about on the show, please let them know!
     

    • 40 min
    Ep. 137 - Hurtado Barbecue

    Ep. 137 - Hurtado Barbecue

    The DFW barbecue scene is blowing up, and popups, food trailers, and brick and mortars are opening around town. 
    Brandon Hurtado has progressed through popups and food trailer into a retail store front, bringing his spin on Hispanic influenced Texas Barbecue to the game. 
    The brick and mortar retail establishment is having the grand  opening Sat Feb 22, 2020 at 205 East Front Street, Arlington, TX - go check it out!
    In our episode we talk about his background, what Tex Mex influence means to him, and his vision for Hurtado Barbecue
     
     

    • 35 min
    Ep. 136 - Texas BBQ: A look back and a look forward

    Ep. 136 - Texas BBQ: A look back and a look forward

    Texas BBQ has seen massive growth in the last 10 years and many of us have been lucky to witness it firsthand. The epicenter has shifted and morphed from Central Texas; top tier BBQ is available in every major city and most towns. With the popularity, the supply and demand economics of the growing world of BBQ have altered the price of a BBQ meal from a modest blue collar staple to a luxury - but is this a bad thing?
    BBQ has also embraced more cultural influences of Texas, growing beyond the original German, Czech, and African-American backgrounds to encompass Mexican and Asian flavors.
    Andrew and Bryan discuss these changes, reflect on the pricing shift, and talk about a few of the more recent openings and closings.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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139 Ratings

139 Ratings

fiskers21 ,

Best BBQ podcast

Love to listen to this while I drink beer and smoke meat. Makes me dream of opening my own place sometime

CS-TX ,

Great Podcast

Listen to it all the time.

belmar bbq ,

Tales from the pits

Awesome show. Down to earth guys who do a great job of relating and talking to the bbq world.

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