Archive for November, 2010

Cowtown BBQ and Brewery Tour

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

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On Saturday, October 23 Food Roots led a group of BBQ lovers on a tasting tour to three select Fort Worth BBQ joints and a brewery of hand crafted artisanal beer.  We had a chance to sample the best of the BBQ and learn what makes Texas BBQ unique.  We also got a first-hand look at how a local brew master is making premium beer in Fort Worth.  This tour was all about tasting, comparing and learning about Texas BBQ.  Education is a big part of what we do at Food Roots, so for this tour we enlisted the help of our own on-board expert and BBQ guide, Daniel Vaughn, author of the Full Custom Gospel BBQ, a blog dedicated to all things Texas BBQ.  Daniel picked three of his favorite BBQ restaurants in Fort Worth for our tour.  No chain places for this group.  Each one is locally owned an operated with meat smoking on site and its own special reason for being.  If one place looks like a Dairy Queen, well, it used to be.  But the smoke stack in the back means they now serve up tender smoky ribs and chicken.  Smoked hamburger made from brisket meat?  Yes, we found some.  At each of our stops we sampled the house specialties and talked to the owners and pit masters about how they make their BBQ.  It was a dark and stormy day (it really was) but the rain held off until we finished our tour with a happy hour visit to Rahr & Sons Brewing Company.  It was raining outside but inside the brewery it was warm and happy.  Rahr & Sons has been brewing hand crafted beer in Fort Worth since 2004 and their beer is widely available in Fort Worth.  We joined the weekly open house for few glasses of beer and a discussion of the brewery process by owner Fritz Rahr.  Our group had a great time and learned a lot, and everyone agreed that throughout the day they gained a greater appreciation for the hard-working folks who make great Texas BBQ.