Friday, June 24, 2011

Texas Monthly BBQ App - It's Free People!

The greatest app ever made for BBQ lovers is now available at the app store for free - The Texas Monthly BBQ App. You should download it. Not only will it let you find the nearest BBQ joints to your general location, it will tell you if they've been reviewed by Texas Monthly or by me, the BBQ Snob. That's right, this blog has finally made the big time, and you can carry it around with you at all times on your phone.

You can learn more about the app from Thrillist, Eater, Houston Press, AppModo, or from the Texas Monthly site. Or you could just read this quote from Jake Silverstein, editor of Texas Monthly.

"We love barbecue. Mostly we love eating it, but we also love talking about it. So our aim here is twofold. One, to guide people to great barbecue (or in some cases any barbecue, which is better than no barbecue) in Texas and around the world by providing our top 50 list, plus hundreds more excellent reviews [from Full Custom Gospel BBQ], and basic info served via Foursquare, and also by creating a social network where people who love barbecue can talk about their favorite joints—and then to make all of that searchable by GPS. So geolocating smoked meat is the main function, but then beyond that the app also serves as a kind of message board for BBQ fans, where you can ask questions, share links, and argue. Basically, the idea here was Twitter for BBQ. BBQ isn’t just a food, it’s a topic. And so the goal is to create this always-humming conversation about it that you can dip into for either a review or some user feedback about a particular restaurant or just to sound off or just to read along and behold the BBQ hive mind, or the BBQ hive stomach."

If that explanation from the big bad national magazine of Texas doesn't convince you, then just do it for me. Download here.

- BBQ Snob


Jacob said...

Maybe you can use your influence to get them to release a Android version.

Anonymous said...

Would love to see them put your rating next to the list of BBQ places closest to you under the "find" tab, rather than having to drill down into each place twice to find it.


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.