Posted by Misty Martin on August 29, 2018

Beef Loving Texans recently premiered “BBQuest,” a documentary-style, episodic video series that visits some of the best barbecue joints in Texas and uncovers secret menu items that will delight even the most ardent barbecue enthusiasts. The inaugural web series features renowned chefs and prominent pitmasters who take viewers on a barbecue journey across the state, stopping in Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.

“We’re proud and eager to share the BBQuest journey with fellow Texans,” said Steven Lastovica, TBC board chairman and cattleman from Salado. “We expect the checkoff-funded video series to be successful in reaching our consumer audience and growing Texans’ affinity for beef.”

Hosted by barbecue enthusiast and native Texan Kelsey Pribilski, the series provides weekend and day-trip itineraries filled with barbecue pitstops and local sights and attractions in each city. The first episode, which features Austin barbecue favorites, is now available and can be viewed online at

“BBQuest is an exciting, creative opportunity for Beef Loving Texans to not only provide great content for consumers, but also to provide entertainment with beef as the star,” said Rachel Chou, TBC senior manager of consumer communications. “As we continue to build and strengthen the Beef Loving Texans brand, we wanted to innovate in a way that brings unique episodic content to Texans that not only inspires them to enjoy some of Texas’ best beef, but to also explore all that Texas cities have to offer.” 

Here is a sneak peek for each BBQuest episode, including the local host and featured barbecue joints.

Jess Pryles, cook and author of Hardcore Carnivore, enjoys Leroy & Lewis, Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ and Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que.

Chris Shepherd, James Beard Award-winning chef, enjoys Gatlin’s BBQ, Korea Garden and Feges BBQ.

 San Antonio
Johnny Hernandez, accomplished chef and restaurateur, enjoys 2M Smokehouse, B&D Icehouse and The Granary.

John Tesar, chef and author of Knife, enjoys Ferris Wheeler’s Backyard and BBQ, Heim BBQ and 18th & Vine.

 Tune in to enjoy the BBQuest journey and see which barbecue joints serve up brisket chocolate chip cookies and “the Pitmaster” Bloody Mary, to name just a few of the secret, off-the-menu dishes.

 Beef Loving Texans is the Texas Beef Council’s consumer brand created to share unique recipes, stories, cooking and shopping tips and expert nutrition information. The Beef Loving Texans brand celebrates the pride and values deeply rooted in Texans through family, community and tradition. To learn more about your beef checkoff-funded investment, please visit or call 1-800-846-4113.


The Texas Beef Council (TBC) conducts the $1 per head national checkoff program for Texas beef producers and is also the contractor for the Beef Promotion Research Council of Texas (BPRCT), which administers the $1 per head Texas state checkoff program. TBC’s mission is to increase beef demand in the state through programs of beef promotion, research and education. TBC also helps fund national and international beef checkoff programs to increase marketing opportunities around the globe. The BPRCT’s mission is to improve Texas producer profitability by strengthening and expanding beef demand. The TBC and the BPRCT are directed by a 20-member board of cattlemen and women representing the state’s beef producers. For more information on this and other checkoff-funded programs, please visit or call (800) 846.4113.