Video: Austin360 BBQ Tour: Day 5 (Central Texas)

Hwy 29 BBQ in Bertram.
Hwy 29 BBQ in Bertram.

Thursday found me closer to home, as I hit Bertram, Burnet, Marble Falls and Spicewood and slowly made my way to the final leg in the Hill Country.

Photos: Austin360 BBQ Tour

A plate of barbecue from Payne's Bar-B-Q Shak in Burnet.
A plate of barbecue from Payne’s Bar-B-Q Shak in Burnet.

Not following my #360BBQTour escapades on Instagram? Check out this collection of photos for a few highlights from the first five days. Click on the time stamp of each photo for location info.

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Fried chicken and Frito pie. Why not?

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Video: Austin360 BBQ Tour: Day 4 (Dallas)

Barbecue restaurants aren't just for barbecue, as Slow Bone in Dallas proved.
Barbecue restaurants aren’t just for barbecue, as Slow Bone in Dallas proved.

Day four was spent catching up with friends and sampling non-traditional items in Dallas, like fried chicken and a brisket grilled cheese. Check out my three stops in the video below.

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Video: Austin360 BBQ Tour: Day 3 (Houston)

Corkscrew BBQ in Spring will put green chili ranch dressing on your chopped beef sandwich.
Corkscrew BBQ in Spring will put green chili ranch dressing on your chopped beef sandwich.

Tuesday was a full day spent bouncing from South Houston to Spring. Check out the video below to see where (and what) I ate. Check out days 2 and 3 here, and follow along all the stops with this map.

Austin360 Texas Barbecue Tour: So it begins

A tray full of food at La Barbecue in Austin. 05.07 2014 LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 052314 xl cover
A tray full of food at La Barbecue in Austin.
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I’ve had the best barbecue Austin has to offer; now it’s time to go see what the rest of our brothers and sisters around the great state of Texas are up to. After some online research, aided by my friend and the Dean of Texas Barbecue writers, Daniel Vaughn at Texas Monthly, I’ve settled on a schedule. The six-day journey will take me from the Gulf Coast to Houston, then up to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, down through Central Texas and out to the Hill Country, hitting about three spots a day (with kale salads and juice in between stops). The idea isn’t about rankings – it’s about exploration, discovery, eating some great barbecue and meeting some fascinating folks.

I’ll be tweeting (@Odam), Instagramming (@matthewodam) and posting photos, videos and words here daily. I’ll also be livestreaming video once a day via Facebook Live on the Austin360 Facebook page, so make sure you like that page, and we’ll have a map of the journey (here) that will allow you to follow along 0r track me down to eat lunch.

While I have my eye on about 20 places, I want to hear from you, as well. Leave a comment or hit me with a tweet to let me know where you think I should stop along the way. I also want your tips on any great dive bars, ice houses, giant balls of twine or any other must-see spots along the way.