Giddy up, Texas! It’s one of the best times of year here in the Lone Star State: Rodeo Season! We’re craving a little cowboy cookin’ here at Goodtaste, so get ready for some of the biggest and brightest stars of cowboy cuisine from juicy beef tacos to side dishes that’ll knock your boots off.
Scroll for ideas — and don’t forget the wine! You’ll love my wine pairings that go great with grilled meats and smoky chilis!
Love that tender and juicy barbecue with all the fixins you see above? It’s from our friends at The Shack BBQ in Lubbock, which you can watch in action this weekend on Goodtaste with Tanji (their Apple Pie Cheescake is to-die-for!). Get show times here.
Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Tacos
Rope in Tejas Rodeo’s Smoked Beef Rib Tacos with Tomato Poblano Jam. These gargantuan beef ribs are served with homemade corn tortillas at the restaurant. You can savor all that goodness in your own kitchen with a little cowboy cooking lesson from Executive Chef Johnny Hernandez. Watch the video below.
You’ll love Nick Goldschmidt’s Fidelity Zinfandel from H-E-B with these smoky tacos. Get more details right here.
Get On The Beans Band Wagon (And Make Room For Mac N’ Cheese)
Is it really rodeo season without a bubbling hot pot of BBQ Baked Beans simmering on a stove somewhere? We’re longtime fans of Killen’s BBQ Baked Beans, which is made with leftover shredded rib meat, molasses and your favorite BBQ sauce. Get the recipe here.
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For a new spin on baked beans, try Fischer & Wieser’s version using their infamous Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and Shiner Bock. And bring on the bacon: you’ll need both the bacon and the drippings for this mouthwatering side dish. Get the recipe here.
Hold it right there, partner! It just doesn’t feel eating baked beans without a tall creamy stack of mac n’ cheese right next to it. This version from Prego in Houston features a Béchamel sauce, Vermont white cheddar and Grana Padano cheese. Get the recipe here.
Good Ol’ Bowl O’ Chili
Nothing is more satisfying than a bowl of hot Texas Chili with a creamy layer of bright yellow cheese melted on top. We love Vince Young Steakhouse’s version where the beef is king! You’ll note this version has just a few simple spices. Get the recipe here.
Turn up the heat on your next batch of chili with a version from 24 Diner in Austin, made with roasted poblano peppers and a few extra jalapeños. No sweat on putting this one together — it’s easy to make! But we can’t guarantee you won’t sweat once you take your first bite! Get the recipe here.
Temper some of that heat with one of Raymond Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignons. I love both their “R” Collection wine for just $11 a bottle and also their Raymond Reserve Collection for $32 a bottle. You can find both at H-E-B. Get more details here.
Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
… To find this bread pudding with silky rum sauce! This family-secret recipe is from Cartwright’s Ranch in the heart of downtown Denton. They make it by the tub full, because it sells out fast. The owner showed us how to make it earlier in our third season of Goodtaste with Tanji. Watch below and get the full recipe here.
We love this sweet pudding with one of Stella Rosa’s wines, which are under $15 a bottle. Try it with the Stella Rosa Red Reserve or the Stella Gold, both of which you can find at H-E-B.