In 2017, Randy Estrada was recovering from foot surgery in his living room, and he realized he couldn’t continue his twenty-year career as a diesel mechanic. All the time on his feet had led to the surgery and five ruptured disks in his back. “It just took too much of a toll on my body,” he says. “I was down for a couple months and started watching BBQ Pitmasters,” Estrada said. He saw an episode with Robert Sierra, a San Marcos pitmaster. Estrada tracked him down and asked for advice on getting into barbecue professionally. That led to a friendship with pitmaster Bill Dumas, who suggested Estrada apply at Schmidt Family Barbecue in Bee Cave, which led to a job in the pit room at…View Original Post
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