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J.C. Reid in San Sebastian, Spain It all started in October 2012 when my wife Tamara and I visited friends at a vacation house near Ventorros de San José outside of Granada, Spain. We decided that we’d spend a few … Continue reading

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The first ever BBQ cook-off?

On August 21, 2016 By

Gilroy Barbecue In the process of poking around the internet for information about goat and lamb for my latest barbecue column, I came across a reference to a very early barbecue cook-off. The 3 Feb 1870 edition of the San … Continue reading

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Menu from Granger’s in Sabine Pass ca. 1940s or 50s Reader Bill Gay sent me these great scans of the menu from Granger’s in Sabine Pass after reading my column about barbecue crabs in the Houston Chronicle. I’d say these … Continue reading

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New Zion BBQ I’ve just created a page that lists all of my Houston Chronicle barbecue columns, with non-paywalled links for your viewing pleasure. You can view it by clicking here, or clicking the “My Houston Chronicle BBQ Columns” at … Continue reading

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Freedom Tower from Soho A quick visit to NYC for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party found T. and me sneaking into some old restaurant favorites as well as a few new places. We were staying in the Flatiron District … Continue reading

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Vineyards in Saint-Emilion France What I most remember about our visit to Saint-Emilion France is how cold and bright it was. We were there in late January when the ubiquitous grape vines join with tourist hotels and curio shops in … Continue reading

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Well folks, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are facing off on the frozen gridiron in New Jersey this Sunday in the Big Game whose name cannot be said without legal clearance.  As much as I’d been hoping for a Texans appearance, it wasn’t to be this year.  Due to the year I lived in Seattle combined with other friends who still live in the Pacific NW, I’m rooting for the Seahawks.  Still in Houston there will be plenty of folks out there celebrating and enjoying good food with friends and family.  And what better way to enjoy the Big Game than with good food from good Houston establishments either watching at the restaurant or getting packs to take to the party and serve up!

Cafe Adobe Fajita Packs

Cafe Adobe has been a Houston tradition since the original location opened its doors on Westheimer in 1981. Whether it’s at one of the three locations in the Greater Houston area or catered to your home, the Tex-Mex expert knows how to party. Cafe Adobe has created special fajita packs that are ideal for Super Bowl Sunday. A two-pound fajita pack that serves 4-6 is $75.95 and the four-pound pack, which serves 9-11, is $149.95. The packs include all the fajita-fixings, such as sautéed onions, guacamole, cheese and pico, as well as rice, beans, chips and tortillas. Shrimp Bravos, street tamales or chili con queso can be added to either pack for bonus points. Personally I’d add a couple of Avocado Adobes to the mix–that delicious, cheesy, meaty concoction is the Tex-mex answer to the Scotch egg, spicy, and oh so good. Or the Shimp or Chicken Brava–this is wrapped in bacon , filled with cheese.  Totally bad for you, and so much better than the usual rubber cheese dip served at some Big Game parties.  Click the image on the left for contact information as well as to order catering!!!

Goode Co. BBQ Packs
What could make a Big Game Party better than Goode Co. BBQ?!?! A Houston staple since 1977, Goode Company is known for tried and true, homemade Texas fare. Goode Company BBQ’s 3 Locations offer different deals on appetizers and drinks specials throughout the year, and makes for the perfect place to watch the upcoming Big Football Game no matter what team you are cheering on. For those looking to host a watch-party, Goode Company’s BBQ party packs feature its tasty meats and divine sides at around $12 per person or they can work with you to cater a party of any size or budget! Click this link here to get to their catering website and for contact info.  Get your orders in ASAP for Sunday!!!

Jonathan’s The Rub

Considered a hidden-gem located in Memorial Village, Jonathan’s the Rub offers guests a diverse menu of high-end quality cuisine and Jonathan’s full catering service can create a watch-party menu fit for an NFL star. Specialties like the Lobster Sliders and Jonathan’s Fried Chicken N Grits, put a unique spin on some sports-watching favorites and Jonathan’s will work with you to cater a watch party of any size, guarantying guests will leave satisfied win or lose. Personally, the lobster sliders, their rub fries, their macaroni and cheese and a couple of servings of Chicken Laredo would be right up my alley to be served at a high end yet still accessible and fun Big Game Party.  Call them at 713-797-9000 for catering!

3 Brothers Bakery

Three Brothers Bakery, 5th generation local favorite, has great party tray and goodie options for any Big Game party. Sweeten up your Big Game watch party with a pastry tray, football themed white chocolate dipped and decorated gingerbread cookies or custom cake balls. Stop by Three Brothers and pick up fresh, hand-made hamburger and hot dog buns for the perfect grilling touch. Three Brothers Bakery has delicious options to make your Big Game party the best on the block! Given how close the Big Game is to Mardi Gras, I’d order one of their WONDERFUL King Cakes along with one of their pastry trays to indulge my guest’s sweet cravings.  Call 713-666-2253 or 713-464-2253 to place your orders, sooner rather than later.

Saint Arnold’s Beer
And what Party for Super Sunday would be without good quality craft beer?  Not any party I’d want to be at!  That’s why I’m reminding y’all to be sure to hit your local Spec’s and stock up on Saint Arnold’s Beer.  Houston’s oldest craft brewery, now celebrating 20 years of operation, has all of their usual fare like Fancy Lawn More, Brown and Amber Ales, Elissa and Endeavor IPAs on sale, as well as their dark, bold Winter Stout.  As you can see in the pic on the left, even good ol’ Mr. Moustache loves Saint Arnold Craft Beer!  Get your self a couple of 2-4s at Spec’s and tell them that Hank on Food recommended you stock up on Saint Arnold’s for this Sunday’s Big Game!

Eat Happy Y’all!!!

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2014 UK Barbecue Tour

On January 5, 2014 By

2014 UK Barbecue Tour – photo rooreynolds I’ll be touring Texas-inspired barbecue joints in the United Kingdom starting January 8th. Here’s some background. The export of Texas barbecue – or more specifically the culture of Texas barbecue – is a … Continue reading

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Hometown Bar-B-Que – Red Hook, Brooklyn Red Hook is the new Williamsburg. If you’re not familiar with the ins-and-outs of New York City neighborhoods, the story goes something like this. Williamsburg was a down-and-out area of Brooklyn for years. The … Continue reading

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Eat Happy Y' Coffee Mug!

Happy December and Winter Holidays Readers! 
As we are at the time of year that many of us are thinking about charitable giving and buying gifts for others or for ourselves, why not do a bit of both?  I’ve got my Eat Happy Y’all Coffee mug that features my header and my tagline/symbols on it for sale at for $19.95 plus shipping/handling/sales tax.  Roughly $2.90 per mug sold will be generated as royalties, and all royalties raised between now and January 15, 2014 will be donated to the Star of Hope Mission here in Houston, a charity that helps with the Homeless and the Hungry in the Houston area.  

Little J’s Bar does a Special Pop-up Dinner with Eddie Jackson:
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Former NFL player and Celebrity Chef Contestant and Judge, and operator of Eddie Jackson will be serving up Caribbean BBQ on Friday Dec. 6th at Little J’s Bar on Washington Avenue.  The proceeds from this event will be donated to Kid’s Meals, a Houston Organization similar to Meals on Wheels whose mission is to supply healthy, nutritious meals on weekdays to children under 5 that are living in poverty.  There are a large number of Food Insecure families in the Houston area.  These are our neighbors who are working hard to keep a roof over their and their kids’ heads, but sometimes find that there’s more month than paycheck.  As much as subsidized meals in schools help, children under 5 aren’t always able to access such programs, and organizations like these help fill the gap.  So please drop by, enjoy some good food and help out this worthy cause.  
Other Food-related Houston Charities to Donate to All Year Long, not just this time of year
Almost every church, synagogue, mosque, temple or house of faith maintains a food pantry to help the community at large, so if you don’t wish to donate to any of the charities I listed, I encourage you to speak with the leadership in your house of faith and see what they or your faith organization are doing to help the hungry in Houston.  If you know other food charities that are listed in Houston which are also BBB verified, please submit them to me and I will add them to the list.  And please keep on helping them all year long, because hunger knows no season or time of year.  
One Non-Charity Item for Y’all

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RA Sushi has a new libation in their bar called the Baby Umami Punch.  If you aren’t able to take a nice tropical vacation during these Winter Holidays, then roll into RA Sushi for an island escape in a glass. Throughout the month of December, RA Sushi’s Baby Umami Punch is only $6. Normally $8, this big on flavor cocktail features a relaxing mix of Southern Comfort, Amaretto Disaronno, cold sake, liqueurs, and tropical juices. The Baby Umami Punch is just one of the many amped up cocktails on RA Sushi’s updated beverage menu, which now features signature drinks made with upgraded spirits, fresh fruit juices and all natural mixers. The menu also showcases new craft beers, expanded wine choices, plus new bombers and bomb shots. Take advantage of the Baby Umami Punch special from open to close, December 1-31 at the two Houston RA Sushi locations: 3908 Westheimer Rd, (713) 621-5800  or 799 Town and Country Blvd (713) 331-2792.

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Festivus, Joyous Eid Al Fat’r and/or Happy Hollidays!

Eat Happy, Y’all!!!
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