Though Texas barbecue has spread to every state in the union, other styles of American barbecue have been slow to catch on in Texas. Perhaps the most famous style other than Texas is Carolina-style barbecue, either north or south, and even that has been missing in Texas except for a few high-profile whole-hog ventures.
But the Fain’s have bucked the trend and produce outstanding, stand-alone East Tennessee-style barbecue at their storefront in Sawyer Yards. What by chance is East Tennessee-style barbecue, you may ask? Its adjacency to North Carolina offers a clue: hickory-smoked pork shoulder that is shredded into a mouth-watering pile of meat and juices and covered in a spicy vinegar-and-tomato sauce. It’s the epitome of barbecue comfort food.