Barbecue Lovers Guide to Austin by Gloria Corral

I have been to Austin Texas and have eaten at a few joints. I loved the food there and the ambiance and it was a place I can’t wait to go back to. Texas holds a near and dear place to my heart. Gloria Corral has created a simple guide of over 70 joints all around Austin BBQ. The book is only $9.95 a great deal!

She moved to Austin in 2008 after living in San Francisco. She fell in love with all things BBQ and the lo and slow techniques. After travelling around eating at all these joints she came up with Barbecue Lovers Guide to Austin. (I would have loved to tag along with her for her adventure sounds like it was a blast! )

It really is a simple guide. 2 pages for each joint. All in black and white.

It does not offer much in the way of critiquing the food as it is just a road-map guide of BBQ joints all around Texas. I am ok with this- Its the perfect size to throw in your glove box if you are on a Texas adventure. I like the fact that there is a pinpoint map for each of the sections Downtown, East, South, North, West, Northwest Austin, Round Rock Area, the Outskirts and New In town.

Having done my own BBQ crawls in the past the maps are really user friendly allowing a person to maximize their time.

I even like he Barbecue Trivia and New In Town (Try the Shed!) sections at the back of the book.

The book has been so well received already that Gloria is working on the second edition with expanded content and recipes. Ill be sure to get that copy as soon as it comes out. Its sure to be equally if not more enjoyable than this first guide.


On my way to the National Barbecue Association’s 18th Annual Conference & Trade Show in Austin, Texas.

Well you just never know who you will meet and talk BBQ with. As I was sitting at Pearson Airport waiting for my flight, I looked up to see Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies fame. I had met him previously in Orillia. I had a great conversation with him all about BBQ. He owns a couple of big green eggs and a large napoleon grill. We talked about Rubs and searing methods. He needs to learn the reverse sear. He was also interested in buying a new pit so we talked about Traegers. He is thoroughly knowledgeable about Q. He also has a real fondness for Mike Mills Magic Dust recipe and has worn out his copy of Peace Love and BBQ. You just never know.


Ok, so I am here in Texas. Hot and humid would be an understatement. I certainly appreciate not seeing snow ! As I was waiting for the luggage carousel Amy Mills walked by and it was great to see this lady again. Even better she offered to drive me to the Hotel. Lets just say it was a really funny drive from the airport. Good to see a BBQ friend and catch up a bit.

I am always in awe of just how nice BBQ folks can be typically. It is nice to see new friendships developing and seeing old friends again.

On a side note beer is really cheap here. And congrats to Perdue last night that was an awesome game to watch (for me getting to watch an entire bball game is a rarity and I enjoyed this thoroughly)

Just finished registration at the conference and I have the Meet the Masters class beginning in ½ hr. I am looking forward to really learning as much as I can. This whole trip is about educating myself as much as possible on BBQ in Texas and from other perspectives such as branding and e-business.