Need an excuse to gorge yourself with some succulent brisket and ribs? Well, this is the week to invest in a pair of elastic-waist pants. Texas Monthly devotes a large amount of coverage to the best barbecue joints in the state, and now the publication is spreading the love of slow-cooked meats all across Texas with Texas Barbecue Week.
Restaurants from Texas Monthly's 2013 list of the top 50 BBQ joints are participating in the event, which runs July 15-19, including four from Dallas-Fort Worth: Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas and Longoria's BBQ and Cousin's Bar-B-Q in Fort Worth. Each joint is offering a special barbecue plate for the next five days. (You can see all of the special plates here.)
Tickets are also available for exclusive meals hosted by Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. These Behind the Pit Dinners take place at the top four barbecue joints in the state, including Austin’s Franklin Barbecue and the nearby Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor.
A portion of each Texas Barbecue Week plate sold benefits Foodways Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the unique Texas food culture. Texas Monthly will make an additional donation to Foodways Texas at the end of the week.