Slideshow: Scenes From Texas Monthly's Barbecue Takeover at Hill Country

Nick Pencis and his Baby Back Ribs
Nick Pencis and his Baby Back Ribs

While pork barbecue is traditionally associated with Tennessee and the Carolinas, it's also a key part of Texas barbecue, especially in the northeast part of the state. While spare ribs are considered a key part of Texas barbecue, Pencis prefers baby backs.

"I think it's a better rib. More meat, less fat, less cartilage...they call them spare ribs for a reason."

Stanley's Baby Back Ribs
Stanley's Baby Back Ribs
Cutting the Baby Backs
Cutting the Baby Backs
In motion.
Add sauce
Add sauce
Wayne Mueller and his Brisket
Wayne Mueller and his Brisket
Wayne Mueller is the third generation pitmaster at Louie Mueller barbecue, named for and founded by his grandfather in 1949. After swearing off barbecue as a career path, he took over Louie Mueller shortly before his father's death in 2008.
Louie Mueller's Brisket
Louie Mueller's Brisket
Louie Mueller's Beef Rib
Louie Mueller's Beef Rib
Cut up, tender, and ready to go.
Photobomb
Photobomb
Pork punks beef.
Meat meat meat
Meat meat meat
From left to right: beef rib, brisket, and baby back ribs.
Sausage
Sausage
Kent and Barrett brought original and jalapeƱo cheddar sausages. The original sausages' composition is fairly simple: natural pork casing, brisket filling, minimal binder, all made in small 100 lb batches.
Kent Cuts the Smoked Turkey Breast
Kent Cuts the Smoked Turkey Breast
Black's Smoked Turkey Breast
Black's Smoked Turkey Breast
The turkey is smoked with post oak wood on 30-foot-long brick pits, built by Kent's father in the 1940s upon his return from World War II.
Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese
Quite possibly the quintessential barbecue side, also provided by Hill Country.
Beer
Beer
Unlimited Shiner and Lone Star were available throughout the event.
Everything in all its Glory
Everything in all its Glory
Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion
"What I find most remarkable is that this tradition that seemed to be on its way out in the 1980s and early 1990s has found some form of revitalization, in of all places, New York City," said Wayne Mueller. "The more there is, the more competition there is, the higher the quality becomes, and I think everybody benefits from that."
Nick Pencis, also a family affair
Nick Pencis, also a family affair
We're not sure if Nick's son (not pictured) or his daughter is the heir to Stanley's.
Pitmasters and Editor
Pitmasters and Editor
Clockwise from bottom left: Daniel Vaughn of Texas Monthly, Nick Pencis of Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue, Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue, Barrett Black, and Kent Black of Black's Barbecue.
Shots
Shots
Whiskey is what happens when Brooklyn pitmaster Dan Delaney feels generous.