After years of studying the BBQ arts we decided it was time to learn them first hand. Over Labor Day Weekend we assembled the Manic Smoker, bought and seasoned a brisket and stayed up all night smoking it. Here’s how the process went.
Zimmerhanzel’s occupies an orange, corrugated steel shack in Smithville, a town that attempts to distinguish itself by publicizing its appearance in a Sandra Bullock movie. But all anyone from Smithville should really need to mention is Z’s, and that would be bragging enough.
The Texas BBQ landscape changes more often than you might think. Franklin Barbecue, which is really just two trailers and some chairs in a former gas station parking lot, didn’t even exist two years ago.
We first visited Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, Texas in 2008, after Texas Monthly ranked them the #1 barbecue place in Texas. They weren’t wrong. We were wowed, and we’ve been back three times since that first visit.