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Greg Farley and Eric Simonsen grew up in Austin, Texas, deep in the heart of barbecue country. They can still recall one of their first encounters with authentic Texas barbecue at the age of eight. They had just finished a Little League game, and Greg's father, who was their coach, took the team to an old barbecue restaurant in Lockhart, Texas. Today, it is considered as one of the top five barbecue destinations in Texas. It's no wonder the barbecue made such a strong impression on the young boys.
Fast forward several years. During their college days in Utah, Greg and Eric would hold Texas parties to share their delectable barbecue with their friends. It was so popular that eventually they started a catering company called Texas Pride Barbecue. They took a break from barbecue catering for several years to work in the corporate world, but they still felt passionate about sharing Texas barbecue. After finding a pristine location in Huntsville, Greg and Eric relaunched Texas Pride Barbecue a few months ago.
The restaurant is modeled after traditional Texas barbecue joints. Its menu includes beef brisket and ribs; pulled pork, spare ribs and pork loin; and smoked chicken. All meats are slow-smoked for several hours with oak and mesquite wood and are sold by the pound or as a plate with delicious home-style sides. The meat's distinct flavor comes from the spices rubbed on it prior to cooking and the long smoking process.
The restaurant is part of the Historic Huntsville Square that includes buildings dating back to when Huntsville was first settled. The Rendezvous Lodge is also one of these historic buildings. With a spacious outdoor park, it is a unique place for corporate parties, wedding receptions and other events that can be catered by Texas Pride Barbecue.
The location of Texas Pride Barbecue offers several unique opportunities throughout the year. This month, Texas Pride Barbecue is one of the sponsors for the Chili Fall Festival, where participants can taste different chilis, paint pumpkins and take a wagon ride through the streets of Huntsville.