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Applebee’s Has All-You-Can-Eat Ribets And Chicken Tenders For $12.99

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Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar

And just like that, my New Year’s resolution about losing weight is right out the window.. πŸ™‚

That’s right people, Applebee’s Grill & Bar is ringing in 2018 with a bang, with the return of their All-You-Can-Eat Riblets. But this time around, they are including All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Tenders in the deal as well, allowing you to mix and match to your heart’s content.

I haven’t had Applebee’s signature riblets in years, so when I heard Celine Dion singing about them on TV, I texted a few of my buddies and told them to meet me at our local Applebee’s for dinner. When they heard it was “all you can eat”, they were all in.

Applebee's All-You-Can-Eat Menu

Here’s how the all-you-can-eat deal works. Your first order features 12 ounces of riblets, expertly cut from the most tender pork for a delicious bone-in flavor, then slow cooked and served dripping in either Honey BBQ or Spicy Texas BBQ sauce, with classic fries and cole slaw. Refills get you six more ounces of ribets and a side of fries. This goes on as long as you like.

Start with the chicken tenders, and your first order features seven chicken tenders that are juicy, breaded and downright delicious with a side of honey Dijon mustard for dipping, with classic fries and cole slaw. Refills get you three more chicken tenders and a side of fries.

Applebee's All-You-Can-Eat Riblets

Applebee's All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Tenders

Can’t decide yet whether you are Team Riblets or Team Tenders? No problem, as you’re allowed to mix and match. I started off with the mouth-watering riblets, then switched over to the chicken tenders for round two, and wrapped things up with another serving of riblets before throwing in the towel. My buddy Jerry had four servings of riblets before he started getting the meat sweats and tapped out!

In addition to this delicious all-you-can-eat deal, Applebee’s has yet another great Neighborhood Drink offer for January, a 10 oz draft of Blue Moon beer for just $2. It’s the perfect drink to compliment those riblets and tenders, so drink up… just don’t overdo it.

Applebee's - $2 Blue Moon

Applebee’s all-you-can-eat riblets and tenders deal is only here for a limited time, so if you’ve got a hankering for some tasty riblets and/or chicken tenders, stop what you’re doing and head over to your local Applebee’s today before it’s too late. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

Who’s ready to experience the magic of Applebee’s riblets and tenders? We’ve teamed up with Applebee’s to give one lucky Guys Gab reader a $50 Applebee’s gift card. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us if you’re Team Riblets or Team Tenders.

We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, January 19th at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, but all opinions are my own.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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184 Comments

  1. angela smith

    January 13, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Team Tenders

  2. Nicole Martin

    January 13, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Team Tenders!

  3. Jema Tapley

    January 13, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Team Tenders

  4. Lindsey

    January 13, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Team tenders

  5. Valencia

    January 13, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Team Riblets!

  6. john d

    January 13, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Team Riblets!

  7. Phil H.

    January 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Team Riblets!

  8. Bryan Vice

    January 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I’m #TeamChickenTenders all the way im not much of a Rib guy

  9. Kelly D

    January 13, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I am team tenders.

  10. Ana

    January 13, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Team tenders

  11. Jeremy McLaughlin

    January 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Team tenders.

  12. Shelly P

    January 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Team Tenders

  13. Cindy Peterson

    January 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Team 1/2 tenders and 1/2 Riblets

  14. Cindy Peterson

    January 13, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    1/2 Team Tenders and 1/2 Riblets

  15. TASHA GARCIA

    January 13, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    TEAM RIBLETS!

  16. Erwin Carrington

    January 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Team Tenders all the way. I’d be a fool to answer or think otherwise. lol

  17. Annalisa Kraft

    January 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Team Riblets!

  18. Stacie Humphrey

    January 13, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Team Tenders

  19. liberty

    January 13, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Team Tenders!

  20. Mary Beth Elderton

    January 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I’m on Team Tenders! (this would probably put me on the team opposite The Hubz πŸ™‚ )

  21. Natalie

    January 13, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I am on Team Tenders!

  22. Megan Bauer

    January 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Team TENDERS!!!!! I fricken love tenders.

  23. True

    January 13, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Team Riblets. I can eat chicken anytime.

  24. Carrie G

    January 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    TEAM TENDERS! WOOT!

  25. al

    January 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Team Tenders

  26. Essence Nuckolls

    January 13, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Team riblets

  27. tiffany dayton

    January 13, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Team Riblets.

  28. Ruth A McIver

    January 13, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Team Tenders, perfect for date night.

  29. Carol S

    January 13, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Team riblets!

  30. Ashley

    January 13, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Team Tenders, but occasionally…Team Riblets as well πŸ™‚

  31. Tara Zarecky

    January 13, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Team Tenders!

  32. Cathy Balogh

    January 13, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Team Riblets

  33. Charice

    January 13, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I’m Team Tenders, thank you!

  34. Donna L

    January 13, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Team Riblets

  35. Christine Labelle

    January 13, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I am team tenders all the way! Every time we go that is what I get. I love the fries too!

  36. Allyson Tice

    January 13, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I am totally TEAM RIBLETS!!!!

  37. Carly S

    January 13, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Team Tenders here!

  38. Rebecca W

    January 13, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    This is be hard to choose because I love both, but I’ll go with bbq ribs!

  39. Katie Rose

    January 13, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Tough choice! Tonight I’m more in the mood to be Team Tenders. We’ll see about tomorrow

  40. Donna DePaolo

    January 13, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Team Riblets!

  41. Sheila K.

    January 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I’m Team Tenders!

  42. Steve Weber

    January 13, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Team Tenders

  43. Chris L

    January 13, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Team Tenders

  44. harold

    January 13, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Team Riblets! I love them!!!

  45. Robert Olinger

    January 13, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Team Tenders

  46. Lisa B

    January 14, 2018 at 1:58 am

    TEAM TENDERS☺😊

  47. Elizabeth

    January 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I’m definitely Team Tenders!

  48. Domingo E

    January 14, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Team Riblets.

  49. shana m brubaker

    January 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Team Tenders!!

  50. Robin M

    January 14, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Team Tenders

  51. elizabeth miller

    January 14, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Team Riblets

  52. Amanda lea

    January 14, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Team tenders! Keep those ribs yuck!

  53. Nicole Lancaster

    January 14, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Team Tenders !

  54. Sarah Cool

    January 15, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Team tenders! Especially if there’s buffalo sauce and ranch with them yum!

  55. Travis

    January 15, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Team Riblets

  56. Ken C

    January 15, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Team Tenders here

  57. Meghan

    January 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Team tenders!

  58. Kelley Shymkwich

    January 16, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Team tenders hands down! Applebees has the best tenders ever!

  59. Rhonda

    January 16, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Team Tenders

  60. Mary Somerville

    January 16, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I am Team Riblets!

  61. Darlene Carbajal

    January 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I am team tenders!

  62. tina reynolds

    January 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I am team tenders

  63. Steven Grimes

    January 17, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I’m totally team … TENDERS!

  64. Stephanie

    January 17, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Team Tenders all the way!

  65. Rhonda Y

    January 18, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Team Riblets!!

  66. Terra Heck

    January 18, 2018 at 3:25 am

    I’m definitely Team Tenders. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  67. Helen

    January 18, 2018 at 4:06 am

    I would have to be team riblets

  68. Bernie Wallace

    January 18, 2018 at 6:02 am

    I am definitely Team Tenders. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win .

  69. Regina

    January 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I am Team Tenders. Thanks!!

  70. Mary Gardner

    January 18, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I am Team Tenders all the way!

  71. Laura

    January 18, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Team Riblets

  72. Kat Balog

    January 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Team Tenders! They are so delicious.

  73. Jennifer Cervantes

    January 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Team riblets! They are so good.

  74. Tim

    January 18, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I like riblets and tenders, but if forced to choose just one, I am definitely team tenders.

  75. Dana Rodriguez

    January 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I am 100% Team Tenders!! Yum!

  76. Jeanna Johnson

    January 18, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Team Riblets!

  77. Breanne

    January 18, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I’m Team Tenders.

  78. tara darity

    January 18, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I’m with team tenders all the way!!

  79. Sherri J

    January 18, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Team tenders

  80. Sonia L.

    January 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I’m so team tenders!

  81. sandra

    January 18, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Team Tenders!

  82. Tom Puchalski

    January 18, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Team riblets all the way!

  83. Tom Puchalski

    January 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Team riblets! Applebee’s riblets rock!

  84. Jared Scarborough

    January 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Team riblets!!!! All the way 😍

  85. Jennifer H.

    January 18, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Team Riblets

  86. John H.

    January 18, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Team Tenders

  87. Carol

    January 18, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Team Tenders

  88. Gail Fernandez

    January 18, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I am definitely Team Tenders!

  89. Tammy Woodall

    January 18, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    My family and I are Team Tenders.

  90. Annamarie V

    January 18, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    They both look good but I am team riblets.

  91. Jasmine Henderson

    January 18, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    I am definitely team tenders!

  92. LeAnn Harbert

    January 18, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    We’re Team Riblets.

  93. Nancy Bowers

    January 18, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Team Tenders.

  94. Helga

    January 18, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    We’re team tenders.

  95. Kelley H

    January 18, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Team Tenders

  96. Amanda Whitley

    January 19, 2018 at 12:04 am

    i am Team Tenders

  97. YVONNE WOODSTOCK

    January 19, 2018 at 12:25 am

    We are Team Riblets!

  98. Katrina Brockavich

    January 19, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Team riblets! Yum!

  99. Sam B.

    January 19, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Team Tenders, for sure!

  100. Megan C

    January 19, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Team Tenders! The ones on their mac & cheese are amazing

  101. kathy Persons

    January 19, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Team tenders all the way

  102. Lindsay Hess

    January 19, 2018 at 7:36 am

    I am Team Tenders but the my hubby and son are Team Riblets for sure!!

  103. Em Mahr

    January 19, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I’m definitely team tenders!

  104. amy guillaume linderman

    January 19, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Team Tenders…the whole family loves these!

  105. mami2jcn

    January 19, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Team Tenders!

  106. Mary Jacobowitz

    January 19, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I am definitely Team Riblets. Thank you for the giveaway.

  107. Katie Bellamy

    January 19, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I could go both ways! πŸ™‚ Team tenders a little more! πŸ™‚

  108. Lauren

    January 19, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I am team riblets.

  109. Rachel V

    January 19, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Team Tenders!

  110. susan smoaks

    January 19, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I am team tenders! i love applebee’s, it’s my favorite.

  111. Elena

    January 19, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I am Team Tenders

  112. Darlene Owen

    January 19, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I’m team tenders, but husband is team rubles.

  113. Amber Cheras

    January 19, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I am team tenders all the way! Love Applebee’s!

  114. jennifer horn

    January 19, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Team roblets all the way!

  115. Amber Cheras

    January 19, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I am team tenders all the way! Love Applebee’s!!

  116. Nancy

    January 19, 2018 at 9:43 am

    What a hard decision! I think I’d start on Team Riblets. I might sub into Team Tenders some time – LOL!

  117. Lauren

    January 19, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Team tenders with yellow mustard

  118. Tandi Cortez

    January 19, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Team Riblets!

  119. Gricelda Castro

    January 19, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Team Tenders!

  120. Marcia Goss

    January 19, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Team Tenders!

  121. Breanna Pollard

    January 19, 2018 at 10:36 am

    TEAM TENDERS FOR THE WIN

  122. jenny

    January 19, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Team Tenders!

  123. Emily D

    January 19, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Team Tenders!!

  124. Erinn Sluka

    January 19, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I am Team Tenders for sure! erinnsluka@gmail

  125. Sandra Preti

    January 19, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Team Tenders!

  126. Angelica Dimeo

    January 19, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Team Riblets

  127. sheila ressel

    January 19, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I am a team tenders girl!

  128. sherry fowler

    January 19, 2018 at 11:21 am

    definitely team riblets!!!!

  129. jeanette sheets

    January 19, 2018 at 11:25 am

    team tenders!!!

  130. wendi

    January 19, 2018 at 11:25 am

    im team tenders!! yummy they have the best

  131. Peggy Johnson

    January 19, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Team tenders for me!

  132. John Joseph

    January 19, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Team riblets!

  133. Amy Orvin

    January 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Team Tenders

  134. gala

    January 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Team Riblets

  135. lisa kay

    January 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Team Riblets!!

  136. Annmarie W.

    January 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Both are good…but I’d choose Team Tenders!

  137. Amanda Hoffman

    January 19, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Team riblets

  138. cyndi br

    January 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Team Tenders

  139. Fiona N

    January 19, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I am Team Riblets πŸ™‚
    Thank You for the chance!
    Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  140. Lissa Crane

    January 19, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    I am definitely Team Riblets!!! I don’t eat them as often as I would like, but when I get to, I enjoy myself! I will definitely be stopping by to take advantage of this offer!

  141. Billie R

    January 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Tenders all the way! Thanks for the chance to win.

  142. monique s

    January 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I am team tenders

  143. Laurajj

    January 19, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Oh I have to say I’m Team Tenders!!!

  144. Chrissy

    January 19, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I am definitely team tenders! Huge craving for me especially when pregnant!

  145. Liz N.

    January 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I’m Team Riblets – yum! So good!

  146. Seyma Bennett Shabbir

    January 19, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I am Team Tenders! My sons love tenders also!!

  147. Angie W

    January 19, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Team Tenders. Thanks!

  148. Natalie

    January 19, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    That’s a tough one I guess Team tenders !

  149. Danielle M

    January 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Team Tenders

  150. Dana Germain

    January 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I am team tenders for sure

  151. Mark Crawford

    January 19, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I am definitely team tenders

  152. Kat Emerick

    January 19, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I would love it!

    • Kat Emerick

      January 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      sorry.. forgot to add. I love tenders!

  153. Stephanie Phelps

    January 19, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I am team riblet for sure!

  154. Pam C.

    January 19, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    I am a team tenders absolutely.

  155. Molli Taylor

    January 19, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    definitely team tenders… they are SO amazing!!!

  156. Charlene S.

    January 19, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I am Team Tenders.

  157. Karrie

    January 19, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    I am team riblets!!!!

  158. Darcy L Koch

    January 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    I am Team Riblets.

  159. Vikki Billings

    January 19, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I am Team Tender!!

  160. Ellie Wright

    January 19, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Team Riblet here!!

  161. Stefanie G

    January 19, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I am team tenders!

  162. Kelly Skibbe

    January 19, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I am going to have to go with Team Riblets! Love Applebee’s. Such great food and cocktails!

  163. Jessie Redding

    January 19, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    i’m team whichever one I’m craving! But usually, tenders.
    Thanks a billion for the chance at this amazing giveaway.

  164. Vickie

    January 19, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Time riblets sound delicious! Great resturant!

  165. Audrey Stewart

    January 19, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    We are a Team Ribs family because we are from the south, and we love their ribs.

  166. Megan Tilley

    January 19, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Yummy team tenders all the way!

  167. Richard Brandt

    January 19, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Team Riblets! Always have been, always will be.

  168. Amber Hensley

    January 19, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Team Tenders all the wayyyyy~~~~ πŸ™‚

  169. Sheila Vives

    January 19, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Team Tenders for me! I do love several of their menu items.

  170. Danielle Magee

    January 19, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Team Tenders for me!

  171. Nicole

    January 19, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Team tenders, all the way

  172. Julie R

    January 19, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Team tenders!!

  173. Lisa V.

    January 19, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Team Tenders!

  174. kelly woods

    January 19, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Team Tenders, thank you, yum

  175. Pamela

    January 19, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Team Tender for me!

  176. Kim Myers

    January 19, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Team tenders!

  177. Stephanie Shipley

    January 19, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    I am team tenders!

  178. Brianne Armstrong

    January 19, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    I’m gonna go with Team Tenders today…but Team Riblets tomorrow! πŸ˜‰

  179. ShellyC

    January 19, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Ribs all the way. Team Riblet.

  180. Jessica Miller

    January 20, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Team Tenders for sure!

  181. james jenkins

    January 20, 2018 at 12:40 am

    team tenders all the way!

  182. harmony b

    January 20, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Team tenders

  183. cindy Schierl

    January 21, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Team Riblets

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Chick-fil-A Is America’s Favorite Fast-Food Restaurant For The Third Year In A Row

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When it comes to fast-food restaurants, Chick-Fil-A reigns supreme for the third year in a row, that according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s annual study, which surveys 22,500 Americans on their experiences at chain restaurants.

Yes, Chick-Fil-A has had their fair share of controversy over the years, but that clearly hasn’t affected consumers’ love of their delicious chicken sandwiches. The ACSI study polled 22,500 Americans on their experiences at chain restaurants, rating them from 0 to 100 in categories such as food quality, restaurant cleanliness and layout, and waitstaff behavior. Those scores are averaged out to come up with an overall score.

With a score of 87, Chick-Fil-A was the winner, beating runner-up Panera Bread by six points. As for the other giant chicken purveyor KFC, they slipped 1 point down to 77. Time to step up your game, Colonel Sanders..

Just imagine how high Chick-Fil-A would rank if they were open on Sundays. πŸ™‚

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Domino’s Celebrates Summer With 50% Off All Pizzas Through July 15

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Spent all your money on fireworks for Fourth of July? Not to worry, because Domino’s Pizza is giving you 50% off all menu-priced pizza ordered online today through July 15th.

Now don’t call your local Domino’s store for this deal, because it is only available for online orders, which includes Domino’s website and their various mobile apps. Heck, you can even text or tweet your order to them, it’s crazy how many ways you can order a pizza from them!

Not at home? Not a problem! Customers who are ordering delivery to a Domino’s Hotspot may also take advantage of the 50% off menu-priced pizza deal.

Sadly, this deal doesn’t include any of their non-pizza items (wings, pasta, etc), which are all pretty awesome in their own right. But for me, it’s all about their pan pizza, which is freaking amazing. Never had it before? What are you waiting for, order one (or two) for dinner tonight and prepare to have your taste buds blown away!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta go place an order for a pizza. πŸ™‚

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s BBQ. But here in the Northeast, finding a good barbecue joint is pretty much impossible. But down in Texas, there is amazing ‘cue everywhere you turn. Heck, there’s even a Salt Lick BBQ in the Austin and Dallas airports, so you can get your BBQ fix the moment you touch down in Texas!

So when our friends at Chevrolet invited me down to Houston to join them for a BBQ road trip to Lockhart, Texas (the Barbecue Capital of Texas), behind the wheel of some rugged Chevy Silverado and Colorado trucks, it took me exactly 0.0005 seconds to say YES.

The Gator Pit of Texas

Our adventure started in Houston, at the world-famous Gator Pit of Texas, which was featured on Discovery’s King of the Grill. This small metal fabrication shop makes custom-made, hand-fabricated BBQ pits that are second to none, and award-winning pit master Ritch Robin was kind enough to take time out of his day to give us a tour of their operation.

When it comes to Texas BBQ, it’s all about the offset smoker, and cooking that meat (brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, etc) low and slow. Ritch gave us a behind-the-scenes look into how BBQ pits are built, what makes his pits so desirable, and how customers can customize their pits to the smallest detail.. Like adding a Texas shaped brake light, because why not?

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You don’t see workmanship like this very often (everything is made by hand, with one person working on your pit from start to finish), and it’s clear to see why there’s a 1+ year waiting list to get one. Needless to say, if you’re serious about barbecuing, you should definitely consider having them build you a custom pit of your own. Pricing starts at $1,200 for an entry-level pit and goes up from there depending on your needs.

After our crash course in barbecue pits, we hopped into our trucks (thank god for A/C, because Houston was HOT!) and set a course for Kyle, Texas, where we would be spending the night. Along the way, I made the obligatory stop at Buc-ee’s, a Texas rest-stop that has become a rite of passage for anyone traveling between Houston and Austin. Trust me, it’s a Texas institution that everyone should experience at least once in their life.

2018 Chevy Colorado Duramax

For this first leg, I was driving a ruby-red Chevy Colorado Duramax. Had I been towing one of the Gator Pits, I would have had no problem, as the Turbo-Diesel engine offers best-in-class towing, with 369 lb-ft of torque and a 7,700 pound towing capacity. This was actually my first time driving a Colorado, and I quite liked the mid-sized pickup. Not everyone needs a full-size pickup, and I could totally see myself driving a Colorado (but make mine a ZR2).

Roughly 2.5 hours later, I finally arrived at the Twin Cabins Hotel, our home for the night. As you can see, this was a rather unique spot for us to spend the night, a Victorian-style country cabin that is off the beaten path, with cows, bulls, and even some mini horses roaming around out back. It’s hard to believe that this place is just 20-30 minutes from Austin.

Twin Cabins Hotel

Once everyone arrived, we embarked on a BBQ cooking class, courtesy of the folks at BrisketU, where we learned from accomplished pitmasters the art of smoking brisket (the toughest piece of beef to master) from start to finish. They showed us how to pick the right brisket, trimming techniques, rubs and prep, wood selection and smoke profiles, starting/managing a firebox, timing the cook, and slicing the end product.

Afterwards, we got to eat all of this amazing food they made for us (brisket, ribs, chicken, and more), and everything was delicious. And I’ve gotta say, after seeing how much time and effort went into preparing this meal, I had a newfound respect for the pitmasters out there. My belly nice and full, I decided to get some sleep so I’d be nice and refreshed for tomorrow’s activities.

BrisketU Cooking Demonstration

BrisketU Cooking Demonstration

The next morning, I had a light breakfast (no reason to fill up when there’s a ton of BBQ ahead of us) before heading to Lockhart. My buddy James wanted to drive the Colorado, so we traded and I took the keys to his Silverado. The ventilated seats were a welcomed addition, as it was still crazy hot, even at 9:30 in the morning.

Then came the tough part, deciding which BBQ joint to hit up first. After consulting with the experts at Google, we decided to start off at Black’s BBQ, which has been in operation since 1932, and is thought to be the oldest barbecue restaurant run by one family in Texas. They’re known for their Brontosaurus-sized “Giant Beef Rib”, so naturally we had to try that, along with the brisket, which is smoked in a most unique way.

Black's BBQ in Lockhart Texas

Black's BBQ in Lockhart Texas

OH. MY. GOD. I thought I had experienced great Texas BBQ before, but Black’s just blew my mind. The beef rib (which is insanely huge) is so tender, moist, and delicious. My stomach is growling just thinking about it. And the brisket was perfection, so full of flavor that you don’t even need any BBQ sauce to go with it. My suggestion? Bring some friends, order everything on the menu, and eat it family style.

Next up was Kreuz Market (pronounced “Krites” by the locals), another Texas institution that opened back in 1900 (though it’s only been in this location since 1999). Since Lockhart is all about brisket, I decided to see how theirs stacked up to Black’s. I really enjoyed the black crust of the brisket, which was loaded with flavor, but I thought the meat itself was a little on the dry side. Next time, I’ll have to try their smoked ham, as I hear it’s really good.

Kreuz Market in Lockhart Texas

As you can imagine, I was in a bit of a food coma by now (and it was only 12:15pm), so I hung out here for a bit while I got my second wind. Then I hopped back in the truck and drove over to Chisholm Trail BBQ, which is “where the locals go”. Sadly, my digestive system was crying Uncle by this point, so I just took a quick peek inside before driving off. Amazingly, they even have a drive-thru for those who don’t want to leave the comfort of their A/C.

Overall, Lockhart really lived up to the hype, and it’s no wonder that they hold the official title as the Barbecue Capital of Texas. I wish I could have stayed longer so I could have sampled some more delicious BBQ, but I had a flight back to Philly that I had to catch.

As you can see, if you’re a barbecue enthusiast, you absolutely must come check out the BBQ scene in Lockhart, TX. Come hungry, and bring lots of napkins. πŸ™‚

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