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.
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.
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.
From Austin to Rockport, and Fannin to Schulenburg, check out how the first 24 hours went. And follow along with this map.
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.