Texas Barbeque
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Texas Barbeque has great cooking tips, advice, and recipes such as delicious beef brisket, bbq spare ribs, and Texas BBQ side dishes. It doesn't stop with Texas Barbeque, either, as we'll show you "How to Barbeque" using cooking information, tips, and recipes from various bbq styles throughout America and the world.

Additionally, we offer great information on outdoor building plans, projects, patio design, and outdoor entertaining that will make any backyard a neighborhood barbeque center. It's a regular buffet of outdoor information. And all of this is presented "BIG" with the style and taste of Texas.

You see, to us Texans, barbeques are our weekends. But you don’t have to live in Texas to enjoy Texas Barbeque or great beef brisket. Just gather a little knowledge about this great Texas tradition and a little bit of Texas spirit will grab you by the collar and haul you to the nearest Texas barbecue pit. It's there where the magic begins.

When most people today think barbeque, what they really are referring to is grilling. They might be thinking of a big juicy steak or a hamburger, which are usually "grilled" (cooked quickly and directly over open flames). But Barbeque is actually the act of slow-cooking food in pits over indirect heat, using burning charcoal or wood as the primary heat source.

The term "barbeque" (or Barbecue or BBQ) has also come to refer to both the food item and the act of cooking it. If you have a get-together with family and friends and cook food on the barbecue pit, you might refer to the event itself as a “barbeque”. These barbeques are very popular with people all over the country. No matter where you live, it is a great way to get together with friends and family and eat some really great food.

A few of the differences that distinguish Texas BBQ from barbeque in other regions of the country or world are as follows:

  • In Texas, the meat used most often is beef. And among the various beef cuts, brisket is hands-down the most popular. There's something about taking a tough piece of meat like a beef brisket turned it into a tender delicious masterpiece that excites most Texans.

  • Another difference is the barbeque sauce. Every Texas barbeque lover knows that there is nothing like the original Texas BBQ sauce. This famous sauce has a sweet and spicy, tomato-based flavor that is thick and delicious.

  • Texas BBQ contains special seasonings and spice mixtures that are added to the meat, sometimes as a rub before it is barbecued. These spices are quite often ones that are readily available everywhere but used very frequently in much of Texas food.

Although Texans are obviously kind of biased toward Texas Barbeque, we understand other regions of the country have their own BBQ traditions and legacies. Memphis, Kansas City, St. Louis, and The Carolinas are a few that come to mind. As a matter of fact, great barbecue traditions can be found all over the world. South American countries like Brazil and Venezuela have long-standing traditions of barbeque.

On these pages, we will be offering you lots of bbq tips and ideas and outdoor cooking recipes from these and other parts of the country and world as well. Texans, like everyone else, will “borrow” from other regions on occasion. This stems from our desire to have more and more variety in our foods, and keeps our eating experiences exciting. It's that exact frontier attitude that gives Texans our spirit.

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Look around and get some BBQ Recipes and ideas. Get some Outdoor Building Plans, Patio Designs or Deck Building Ideas. Find something that will make your next barbecue or outdoor party something special. Start your own outdoor family tradition. Most of all...Have fun and enjoy Texas Barbeque!

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