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.