Matagorda is a barbecue desert for half the year. From May to October, however, the coastal Texas community is home to one of the best barbecue joints in the area, Coastal Que BBQ and More. Russell and Brandy Hicks opened the takeout-only restaurant to a slow midsummer start in 2016. Five years later, they’re selling out of barbecue consistently Thursday through Saturday, thanks to Brandy’s array of creative sides and desserts and Russell’s steady hand on an oak-fired steel smoker he welded together himself. The smoker Hicks uses today isn’t the first one he’s built. He welded one in eighth grade, when nobody in the family really knew how to cook barbecue. Hicks taught himself through trial and error, found success on the competition barbecue…View Original Post
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