Barbecue is so old-fashioned it’s totally hip. It’s taking center stage across the country in cookbooks, TV shows, magazine covers and in big smoky events. But no place does barbecue like Texas.
On Sept. 21, hop on the barbecue love train at the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market as local food writers and SavorSA.com founders John Griffin and Bonnie Walker talk about the savory staple and sign copies of their newly released book, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” (Globe Pequot Press, $21.95).
Not only will you get a look at this new book, you can grab some barbecue on the spot from The Smoke Shack food truck.
The colorful, 265-page book is dedicated to everything we love about Texas barbecue – the big restaurants and small-town markets, the age-old traditions and the generational recipes. Ramble the back roads of Texas with Griffin and Walker on a discovery of the state’s smokiest meats, sassiest sides, most fascinating characters and truly dedicated culinary lifestyles.
“We knew we’d learn a lot about Texas barbecue styles and traditions when we headed out in our cars last fall,” Walker says. “And while we certainly found some of the best barbecue in the world, we were most drawn to the folks who get up in the wee hours to tend the fires, load up the smokers and then often stay awake long enough to serve up a great product.”
“Barbecue is a big part of their lives,” adds Griffin. “We were glad they took the time to share with us what it means to be a part of this Lone Star treasure.”
Even if you’re not a barbecue fan yourself, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas” is an ideal gift for anyone who isn’t afraid to travel long country roads in search of new foodie experiences.
Special guest food trailer, The Smoke Shack, will be on hand to celebrate the book release, and their inclusion in it. So you won’t have to just dream of barbecue, you can dig right into some.
“As someone who learned to fly an airplane by visiting the iconic barbeque spots across Texas, I found this book to be immensely informative, inspiring and also a great read. We are happy, once again, to welcome John and Bonnie to the market to share their latest work with our shoppers,” says F. David Lent, market co-founder and co-director.
The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market is held Sundays, rain, wind, cold or heat, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Quarry Market (255 E. Basse), near Whole Foods Market.