In Episode 43 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Reid Guess. Reid is the pitmaster of Guess Family BBQ, a food trailer that has recently received spotlight from Texas Monthly Magazine's BBQ Editor, Daniel Vaughn. Reid discusses his West Texas roots, spending long nights tending to briskets, and what makes Texas BBQ "Texas BBQ." Before their conversation, Austin speaks with Nate Gay, Executive Chef at Hilton Waco, about a specialty dinner he's hosting at Barnett's Pub, and Waco Business News reporter Meredith Wagner breaks down her recent story about young people staying in Waco titled, "The Pull of Progress."
Inside the Episode:
0:36 - Chef Nate Gay of Hilton Waco hosts Barnett's Specialty Chef Dinner
2:22 - Reporter Meredith Wagner discusses her piece, "The Pull of Progress," about young people staying in Waco
8:25: Reid Guess's Waco history
9:30 - Restaurant scene in Austin and Houston
10:47 - "Waco makes sense" for BBQ fans
11:19 - What makes "Texas" BBQ?
12:00 - Regionality in BBQ styles
13:12 - Cooking tradition in the Guess family
13:53: What makes a good pitmaster?
15:31 - The importance of formal training
17:31 - Tweaking recipies
19:04 - The kindness and effect of Daniel Vaughan, the BBQ Snob
21:38 - Why he keeps coming back to BBQ
24:07 - Koko Ramen trailer
25:31 - Previewing the Guess Family BBQ storefront
27:14 - Assessing the Waco restaurant scene