Barbecuing in Central Texas

You may or may not have heard, but May is National Barbecue Month; and rightly so, as May is one of the best months of the year for enjoying the great outdoors and cooking outside. AAAAND we live in one of the best places for enjoying the food genre. In fact, Texas Monthly recently released their list of the Top 50 BBQ restaurants in Texas, and guess what? Nine on the list are located around Kyle – in Austin, San Marcos, Lockhart and Luling. So, whether you want to cook it yourself, or if you prefer a professional to do it, there’s lots of BBQing to go around in Central Texas.

Plum Creek, TX

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The all-time favorite Texas BBQ place on Texas Monthly’s list was Franklin Barbecue in Austin. The famous restaurant is notorious for its long waits and for selling out of food every day at noon, but it is one of the most highly-regarded barbecue spots in the country. Other Texas Monthly favorites include four others in Austin, Black’s Barbecue and Kruez Market in Lockhart, City Market in Luling and Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering in San Marcos. But that’s just the official list – there are many more to be enjoyed. And Texas Monthly doesn’t know everything!

The City of Lockhart – located less than 30 minutes away from Kyle – is the official Barbecue Capital of Texas, as pronounced by the Texas Legislature in both 1999 and 2003. (Now that’s official!) They have four BBQ restaurants in town, with an estimated 5,000 people visiting their restaurants each week.

Plum Creek TX

For those of you who prefer to do your own grilling, or have big plans for Memorial Day this weekend, has great resources for your grilling experience, from safety tips and tricks, to main dish recipes and marinades, to expert grilling tips no one ever teaches you. Men’s Health has a BBQ Center as well, complete with an “8-week BBQ Master Class” that promises to make you “the best grill man on the block.”

Even though it’s the end of May and the official National BBQ Month is winding down, summer is on its heels, giving you plenty of time to stretch those grilling muscles.

Plum Creek TX

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Luling Watermelon Thump

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Since 1954, Luling, Texas has hosted the Luling Watermelon Thump to honor and support local growers of the beloved summer fruit. For four days, the tiny town that lies just 30 miles southwest of Kyle, will be filled with country music artists, decadent carnival food, arts and crafts, nostalgic carnival rides and watermelons for miles.

Weeks prior are spent refining outfits and plans for the four day Thump. It’s a popular time to show off the best sundresses, 10-gallon hats and watermelon cowboy boots.

The Watermelon Thump is famous for the melon eating and seed-spitting contests. The contestant to consume one slice of watermelon the fastest claims the winning title. And while the seed-spitting contest may seem self-explanatory, it’s actually quite complicated. Three separate divisions include children, adults and teams. Kids and kid teams can play Friday afternoon and adults on Saturday. Adult teams of four members can spit on Sunday. Got that? Okay, great – just make sure you’re not in the line of fire when perusing the festival grounds.

The Thump kicks off Thursday, June 21st and wraps up Sunday, June 24th with a $5 admission charge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday after 1:00 p.m. For more information, please visit the Luling Watermelon Thump website.

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Luling, TX

The town of Luling, TX, southeast of Plum Creek near I-10 host a “Watermelon Thump” every last full weekend in June.  It is an event for local and tourists to enjoy the Texas summer with some homegrown watermelon!

The “Thump” is a 4-day event which includes a carnival with kiddie rides, Beer Garden, Food, Dances, Arts & Crafts, Champion Melon Judging and Auction, Seed Spitting Contest, Parade, and a Melon Eating Contest.

This year, the “Thump” is going to be held June 24-27