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Ep. 111 - Cattleack Barbeque part two

Ep. 111 - Cattleack Barbeque part two

June 12, 2019

Listen to part one of our episode with Todd David of Cattleack Barbeque to hear about his early days of cooking barbecue and starting the business.

 
In part two of our talk with Todd, we discuss the effect being named the third best BBQ joint in Texas by Texas Monthly has had on the business and the pressure to live up to such acclaim. Todd also talks about his whole hog cooking process, his desire to keep learning and tweaking his products, and the unrelenting commitment to making great barbecue that drives him.

Location:
13628 Gamma Rd
Dallas, TX 75244

Hours:
Thursdays 10:30am – 2pm
Fridays 10:30am – 2pm
1st Saturdays 10:30 am – 2pm

Catch Cattleack Barbeque on the internet at:

https://www.cattleackbbq.com/

https://www.instagram.com/cattleackbbq/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CattleackBarbeque

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cattleackbbq @cattleackbbq

Ep. 110 - Todd David of Cattleack Barbeque

Ep. 110 - Todd David of Cattleack Barbeque

June 10, 2019

Todd David was a barbecue fan long before he owned a barbecue restaurant. He was grilling and smoking meats as a young man growing up in St. Louis, and that passion only grew once he moved to Dallas. It would be a long time, however, before BBQ would become a business for the David family.

Toddn ahis wife Misty owned and operated a commercial cleaning and restoration company in Dallas for many years and would host monthly barbecue lunches for their customers. Over time the lunches grew in volume, and after a long and successful career they decided to sell their restoration company but continue catering for large events.

The original plan for Cattleack Barbeque was to be mainly a catering operation, but that would quickly change as they'd serve lunches from their small storefront and word spread on the high level of quality being produced. The accolades would soon follow as local media and BBQ enthusiasts discovered what the Davids were producing. In May of 2017 they were named the third best BBQ joint in Texas by Texas Monthly.

Tune in for part two of our talk with Todd as we discuss the effects of such acclaim as well as the Cattleack menu.

 

Location:

13628 Gamma Rd

Dallas, TX 75244

Hours:

Thursdays 10:30am – 2pm

Fridays10:30am – 2pm

1st Saturdays 10:30 am – 2pm

CatchC Barbeque on the internet at:

https://www.cattleackbbq.com/

 https://www.instagram.com/cattleackbbq/

https://www.facebook.com/CattleackBarbeque

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cattleackbbq

@cattleackbbq

 
Ep. 109 - Zavala’s Barbecue

Ep. 109 - Zavala’s Barbecue

June 3, 2019

A tradition of family cookouts in his youth was the inspiration for Joe Zavala to buy his first smoker when he and his wife Christan became homeowners. As Joe tinkered with his cooks and his brisket game grew stronger, he launched an ambitious (but not exactly profitable) plan to cook and deliver his barbecue to customers all over the Dallas and Fort Worth area. 

With encouragement from Christan and longtime friends C.J. and Drew, Zavala’s Barbecue began serving in pop up form at a few events in the Grand Prairie area. Word was quickly spreading about the quality of food they were producing, and soon Zavala’s was serving their food every Saturday at The Brass Bean in Grand Prairie.

As the buzz continued, Zavala’s would cook as much as their smokers could hold, but the sellout sign would still be posted within a few hours of opening as the locals couldn’t get enough of Joe and crew’s smoked meats. They began looking for a more permanent spot to be able to cook and serve, and eventually found an old building in downtown Grand Prairie. 

With the Zavala’s crew all having full time jobs and family obligations, they are currently only open Saturdays for lunch, but that may change in the future. In the meantime, Joe's wife Christan will be utilizing the restaurant space during the week as she opens Mas Coffee Co., which will be serving Zavala’s Barbecue breakfast tacos. 

The word is definitely out about the high quality menu being served by this talented team. There’s a line every Saturday, and for good reason. With peppery, well cooked brisket, housemade sausages and Mexican influenced menu items, Zavala’s Barbecue is a place BBQ fans need to get to.

 

Zavala's Barbecue is currently open Saturday's only from 11am - Sell out

421 W Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

 

Catch Zavala's Barbecue on the web at:

http://www.zavalasbarbecue.com/

Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/zavalasbarbecue/

Facebook: @zavalasbarbecue  https://twitter.com/zavalasbarbecue

 

 

 

Ep. 108 - Dayne’s Craft Barbecue

Ep. 108 - Dayne’s Craft Barbecue

May 27, 2019

Dayne's Craft Barbecue is another quality edition to the growing barbecue scene in Fort Worth, Texas. Early memories of his dad cooking ribs eventually lead to Dayne’s fiancée Ashley buying him his first smoker and learning the craft.

Inspired by the underground barbecue scene of California, Dayne began hosting his own underground pop ups. As he continued honing his skills and building an audience, brewery pop ups would follow.

Dayne's Craft Barbecue recently made the leap to building out a brick and mortar with an anticipated opening date of late summer 2019. For the time being keep an eye out for regular pop ups as the restaurant is built. With a menu of high quality meats, housemade sausages and scratch sides, Dayne is well on the way to making his mark in the Fort Worth scene.

For more information catch Dayne's Craft Barbecue on the web at:
https://daynescraftbarbecue.com/
Twitter: @daynetxbbq
Instagram: daynetxbbq

 

Ep. 107 - The Growing DFW BBQ Scene

Ep. 107 - The Growing DFW BBQ Scene

May 20, 2019

It had been too long since our last roadtrip up to DFW so we gassed up the BBQ wagon and set off to the metroplex. While we have a long list of locations we need to scout out we were able to squeeze in five on this trip. Starting with Cattleack we checked into the Pitmasters and Punch morning chat that Todd David hosts, followed by whole hog and as much of the menu as we could eat at Cattleack before checking out Zavala's, Panther City, Dayne's, and Finally Flores before getting back on I45 and making our way back south.

We were very impressed with the barbecue scene and barbecue community that is really flourishing up that way.

Round two will come later this summer with Goldees, Smiley's, Riscky's, Hurtado, Brix, Slow Bone, and Ferris Wheeler's on our check list of places we need to go visit.

Who else should we put on our list? Let us know on Instagram: TalesFromthePits or Twitter: @BBQPodcast

We apologize for the audio quality on this one, as even more than normal its not optimal. We continue to experiment with microphones and recording options to improve as it is difficult to record in a moving car or at a busy restaurant, but this time we went a little backwards with the audio quality. 

TFP Ep. 106 - Women in BBQ

TFP Ep. 106 - Women in BBQ

May 13, 2019

The barbecue world has long been seen as a largely male dominated industry, with womens’ contributions to the profession often being overlooked. But the truth about many BBQ operations is that they would not be what they are without the hard work and passion of a growing number of women in BBQ.

There are female pitmasters, BBQ restaurant owner/ operators, managers, sausage makers, cooks, meat cutters, and a myriad of other jobs in the barbecue world. 

In this episode we’re joined by three of the great women in barbecue: Misty Roegels, Owner/Operator at Roegels Barbecue Co., Mallory Robbins, Owner/Operator at Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque, and Aubrie Hood, General Manager at Evie Mae’s. Please tune in as they discuss a wide range of topics from the difficulties of being a woman in what is perceived as a male dominated industry, raising a family while operating a restaurant, and more.

 

TFP BBQ Ep. 105 - Red Dirt pitmaster chat

TFP BBQ Ep. 105 - Red Dirt pitmaster chat

May 6, 2019

We were privileged to sit down with some great people in the BBQ world during the Red Dirt BBQ and Music Festival. The Red Dirt Festival takes place every May in Tyler, Texas and is widely considered the can't-miss BBQ event in Texas. Some of the state's best BBQ joints serve up tasty bites and in the evening Tyler's downtown square turns into an even bigger party as prominent Red Dirt music acts take the stage for thousands of fans.

 

Tickets for Red Dirt sell out within hours, be ready for 2020 and make sure to keep up with info at:
 
 
This year we were joined by Jordan Jackson and Bryan Bingham of Bodacious Bar-B-Q, Dylan Taylor of Goldee's BBQ, and Cody Sperry of HooDoo Brown Barbeque in Ridgefield, Connecticut for a raucous and wide ranging roundtable. Topics for this episode include everyone's BBQ "a ha" moment, everyone's "Death Row last meal," and so much more.
 
 
 
TFP BBQ Ep. 104 - BBQ Road Trip Tips Part 1

TFP BBQ Ep. 104 - BBQ Road Trip Tips Part 1

April 29, 2019

We've been traveling across Texas for years seeking out the best and most unique barbecue stops around the state. Through lots of research and plenty of trial and error we've had a lot of successful BBQ runs where we've been able to try a wide array of places in a single day or weekend. As Texas BBQ has become increasingly popular, we've had so many folks reach out to us asking for tips about which places to go and which routes to take. To help out our fellow smoked meat travelers, we're putting together some episodes to help plan out the best route options suitable for everyone's interests.

 
Part one of this series focuses on a few different groups: The Casual BBQ Fan, The Prospective Restaurateur, and The BBQ History Buff. Each type of BBQ traveler will want to plan their trip differently to suit their interests, so we've put together some thoughts and tips suited for each of these categories. Whether you're only looking to hit up a few spots over the course of a weekend, if you're looking to see different business models in hopes of starting your own barbecue operation, or if you want to focus your trip on the classic old school joints in Texas, we've laid out all of those options for you here.
 
 
Stay tuned for future episodes in this series in which we'll tackle more aggressive marathon trips for the BBQ superfan, including how to eat at the entire Texas Monthly Top Ten List in only a few days. 
 
TFP BBQ Ep. 103 - Tin Roof BBQ

TFP BBQ Ep. 103 - Tin Roof BBQ

April 22, 2019

When Ronnie Webber was ready to retire from the Houston Police Department, he and his wife Nancy had their sites set on opening a barbecue restaurant. With no restaurant operation experience but a passion for cooking, the Webbers invested their savings into opening Tin Roof BBQ in June 2001. The then small restaurant was a success in its original location, but as they were ready to grow the business they knew a change was needed for an expansion of their operation.

The Webber family moved their location and expanded it in Atascocita, a suburb north of Houston. Tin Roof BBQ immediately immersed themselves in the community, and the neighborhood embraced them as well. Tin Roof remains dedicated to giving back to their community and those in need, generously contributing their time towards raising awareness and funding for different worthy causes.
 
Ronnie and Nancy's son Brek grew up in the restaurant, went to school, and returned to help operate and continue to grow the family business. As the restaurant is about to turn eighteen years old, Ronnie, Brek, and crew continue to evolve and improve their expansive menu. Brek recently lead the charge in switching to making all of their sausages in house and now showcases a roster of different sausage specials. Making hundreds of pounds of sausage each week is no easy task, but it's a commitment to constant improvement that keeps Tin Roof BBQ one of the go-to restaurants for their community.
 
Catch Tin Roof online 
 
Location:
18918 Town Center Blvd.
Humble, TX 77346

Hours:
Tue – Thu: 11am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 10pm
Sun: 11am – 3pm

TFP BBQ Ep, 102 - BBQ News and Q&A

TFP BBQ Ep, 102 - BBQ News and Q&A

April 15, 2019

There’s quite a bit going on in the BBQ world these days with openings and closings and special events happening seemingly every week. We take some time in this episode to talk about what we’ve been up to in BBQ lately, what’s coming up this spring, and answer some listener questions.

We have a lot planned for the spring and summer, but if there’s anything you think we need to add to our calendar, let us know! We’re also always taking listener questions, so DM us on social media or email us anytime.  

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