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From fast food to Texas barbeque

Babe’s was definitely one of my favourite food adventures in Dallas but there were many other places that were amazing too. Trying Chick-Fil-A for the first time with the rest of my team mates was a fun experience, made a little less fun when our coaches came in and busted us as we were digging into our chicken burgers and fries, not the healthy option they were hoping we’d be eating! But there was just no way I was going to Chick-Fil-A and not trying the famous waffle fries. Let me tell you, they lived up to my expectations. They were perfectly crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. No one, not even the head coach, was going to stop me from eating those.

Texas barbecue refers to the methods of preparation of various meats , usually specialising in grilling and smoking. Traditions vary across the state with the four main styles of Texas barbecue including central, east, south and west Texas barbecues. Each have their own different traits that make them unique such as Central Texas barbecue having a very simple dry rub, usually consisting of just salt and pepper. There is a real love of barbecue in Dallas and I got to experience this love first hand when I went there for the second time. We went to a place called ‘Hard Eight Pit BBQ’ which had a really cool, laid back vibe where you’d get given a tray and pick exactly what meat and sides you wanted. The meat was being cooked right in front of you on the ‘pit’ as you lined up with your tray and they had everything from steak, to brisket to BBQ pork ribs. The ribs is what I ultimately chose, but I could have demolished the entirety of the 14 smoked proteins. I opted for the grilled corn and sweet potato fries as my sides and, once again, a sweet tea for my drink. Sitting around a table with my teammates, our trays stacked high with ‘the fixins’ is a great memory. It had been a tough day… we were unfortunately knocked out of the Dallas International Girls’ cup in the worst possible way, sudden death penalties. What better way to lift our spirits than having some Texas barbecue?

(Photo courtesy of Hard Eight Pit BBQ)

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