Our visit to Schoepf’s was an aberration. We didn’t explore Belton, TX, we sat and took our time, and we didn’t try their brisket. None of that means that we didn’t like what Schoepf’s had to offer.

The Texas BBQ landscape changes more often than you might think. In 2010 Franklin Barbecue, which was really just two trailers and some chairs in a former gas station parking lot, didn’t even exist two years earlier.

Summary graphic: Keith Allen stands amid green trees wearing a blue apron.

Keith Allen, the founder of Allen and Son Bar-B-Q in Chapel Hill, taught us one of the most important lessons about barbecue that we have ever learned.