LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two Deep East restaurants made Texas Monthly's coveted "Top 50 Barbecue Joints" list for 2013, which was released Tuesday. Making the list were Billy's Old Fashion BBQ in Jasper and Hitch-N-Post BBQ in Livingston.
Other barbecue restaurants within easy driving distance of the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area include Bob's Bar-B-Que in Henderson, Joseph's Riverport Barbecue in Jefferson, and Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue in Tyler.
"Yeah!!! We made Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ places for 2013 in the State of Texas," the owners of Hitch-N-Post BBQ said on the restaurant's Facebook page.
According to the story that appeared on the Texas Monthly Website, the magazine "dispatches a team of trained eaters to travel around Texas incognito, ingesting huge amounts of barbecue." The team consisted of 15 Texas Monthly staffers and "one carefully vetted freelancer." In all, they logged in 33,168 miles and visited 658 restaurants, according to the story.
At each barbecue restaurant, the Texas Monthly team members sampled at least three meats, a couple of sides, and a dessert. The story said in area of "high barbecue density," the eaters visited as many as nine restaurants in a day.
"Immediately after each visit, our eaters fill out a detailed score sheet," the Texas Monthly story stated. "The final score considers intangibles like setting, service, and history, but mainly it is based on the meat. The brisket score counts the most."
For the full list of the "Top 50 Barbecue Joints," check out this link.