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Lexington, Texas, world wide

So that little barbeque joint that made the coveted "Best in the State of Texas" list in Texas Monthly last May keeps on racking up the kudos.

This time, it's listed in a pretty massive list of the best foods in the world and where to get them. Quite frankly, the list is a bit daunting. And something I'd consider a personal challenge were I a woman of means.

Texas barbecue beat out all other forms of barbecue, and it came in number ten on the list of best foods in the world. Of Snow's in particular, they said:

10. Best place to eat: Texas barbecue
Snow's, Texas

The title of best BBQ joint in Texas is hotly contested in a state where the consumption of charred meats is as serious as religion. Texas Monthly magazine does the definitive annual poll. Most recently, the magazine awarded the title to Snow's, a rank outsider that has been trading a mere five years. Run by a former rodeo clown and an elderly lady named Tootsie, the restaurant only opens on Saturday mornings and consists of a small number of tables around a smoking pit.

516 Main Street, Lexington, Texas, 001 979 773 4640 (Saturday only), www.snowsbbq.com
Last year, Snow's made Saveur's 100 which in and of itself was pretty damned prestigious. They've been profiled on NPR and had a write up in The New Yorker. I think it's safe to say that every food writer in or near the state has been there by now. This attention has to be pretty overwhelming. I mean the place is open one day a week. The woman who is the pit master's day job is as a custodian in a local school. Lexington isn't a big town (and fortunately, it's not far from the ranch). But every time we go to Snow's, there's a line, and the people in the line tell stories of having driven hours and miles to get there. And every time, people are just gobsmacked by it. That brisket is some of the tastiest I've ever sampled, and usually by the time I get to it, it's a few hours old.

At any rate, here's to you Tootsie. You learned among the best (the City Meat Market in Giddings), and you are now considered one of the best in the world. Pretty damned cool for central Texas.



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Sep. 20th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
pardon the blasphemy but...
do they let you have sauce or is just all about the flavors the meat has ingested while cooking? Dad and I have found that sometimes you just want meat that isn't dry and southern barbecue chefs often take that real personal like.
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: pardon the blasphemy but...
there is sauce there, but at Snows you don't need it. If you're getting dry barbecue than you're getting BAD barbecue. Sauce is also regional, in some states it's common (Memphis, Kansas City) while in most Texas shops sauce is available but discouraged if it's done right.
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