Texas BBQ Bloggers-Texas Pit Quest

Last week at the Red Dirt BBQ and Music Festival, I had the opportunity to meet some fellow BBQ Bloggers, and it was nice to share a few stories and tips.  I enjoy reading the blogs of others and thought some of my readers would enjoy them as well.  Each week for the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorites.  Be sure to check them out, but don’t forget to come back to Guns Up BBQ!! Ha!

I asked each blogger Five questions to introduce them to my readers.  First up is Scott Sandlin of Texas Pit Quest out of Houston, TX

1.  What made you decide to start blogging about bbq?

Too much great Texas BBQ was getting overlooked. Some of the best BBQ in the state comes from the little guys in small towns, with no marketing or PR budget to speak of, who are just trying to make a living doing what they love to do. If someone is passing through, I wanted develop a resource with enough background information for people to have a reason to stop in, visit with those folks, and eat some really good food. 

2.  Do you smoke bbq at home?  If so what what kind of cooker to do you have?  Favorite thing to smoke?

I have a Pit Barrel Cooker and an Old Smokey grill, but the Pit Barrel gets more attention these days. It tends to be more of a "hot and fast" cooker, and doesn't require much attention once started. I enjoy cooking everything, but I've been partial to pork ribs lately. You can say I'm in search of that elusive "perfect" balance of sweet, savory, and heat.

3.  Longest distance traveled just to eat bbq?  Was it worth it?

Though my friends and I have made several 500-plus mile round-trip marathon BBQ runs in one day (with 10 or more stops), my longest recent trip for legitimate Texas-style BBQ was to DCity Smokehouse in Washington, DC, when Rob Sonderman was running the pits there. (I was in town on business.)

4.  Favorite cut of meat.

A perfectly-rendered brisket. I tend to favor barky cuts of moist from the point, but a fresh, hot slice of lean with the juices still intact is also hard to beat.

5.  Favorite joint not on the most recent Tx Monthly Top 50 list

Freedman's Bar in Austin, hands down. Pitmaster Evan LeRoy is a BBQ wizard.

You can read Scott's blog at www.txpitquest.com