A Barbecue Origin Creation Myth As Told In Texas

You should know there is a lot of mythology and controversy surrounding the origins of barbecue. The following is my humorous spin on the legend that is widely accepted amongst Texans — but I’d be lyin’ if I didn’t tell you it’s just a load of bull to others…

I am not a historian and it wouldn’t be fair to just present one barbecue creation myth as gospel. Scroll to the bottom of this page or visit the BBQ Article Links page for more.

…The cowboys did not just wake up one morning and say, “Tonight I am a-hankerin’ for some a that there barbecued fois gras.”

No sir! What really happened is more like this.

Some smart old German butchers in New Braunfels, Texas looked at the mountain of unsold brisket they had accumulated and wondered if they couldn’t make some more money off of it by doing something other than just pureeing it into hot dogs.

So they said, “What the hell” and tossed a few briskets into their sausage smoker one morning. That night they had a few beers and forgot to check the smoker.

The next morning when they got to work they found the blackened and shrunken chunks of brisket. Those butchers were going to throw the whole mess in the trash but then…

A cowboy walked up, powerful hungry. He didn’t care what it looked like. In fact, that cowboy took a great big bite and the rest, as they say, is history.

Feel like questioning your own BBQ creation myth? Find another — and radically different — version of the origins of Texas barbecue, as well as barbecue everywhere, at Houstonpress.com.