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For BBQ aficionados, there is hardly a honor higher than a spot on the world-famous Texas Monthly's Top 50 Texas BBQ Joints list.  It's like the Olympic Games of smoked and grilled meats!  Getting mentioned on this list means you've finally made and impressed the toughest judges of Texas' most recognizable dish (sorry chili con carne).

East Texas BBQ is definitely on Texas Monthly's radar

While plenty of delicious BBQ spots are found in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio areas - East Texas is no slouch!  Why, just last week the BBQ Barons from Texas Monthly made a special trip to our neck of the woods to honor 3 incredible places to enjoy the saucy and smoky delicacies offered in Tyler, Longview, and Jefferson.  The so-called Texas Monthly BBQ Fest (the run-up to the Top 50 announcement) stopped in Tyler to Honor Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q (Tyler), the brand new Sunbird BBQ from Longview, and the delectable Joseph's Riverport BBQ hailing from Jefferson!

The only BBQ Joint in East Texas to make the cut

Now that the official Top 50 has been released, folks in East Texas have cause to celebrate once again!  Only one BBQ restaurant in our region made the list: Stanley's.  You'd better get in line to grab your Mother-Clucker (the most famous, and IMHO the best, BBQ sandwich on the menu), because after news of this gets out - it will be even longer line at lunchtime!

There's way more than 50 great BBQ Joints in Texas

Lest you think that Texas has only 50 great BBQ spots, the folks at Texas Monthly also compiled a list of 50 honorable mentions.  Joseph's Riverport BBQ from Jefferson got the nod from their travelling tasters, but didn't quite make the cut this year.

You can read the entire list of the Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas Here, and the list of 50 honorable mentions here.

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