Joel Matamoros, left, and Moe Guerrero prepare food on a grill at the Tejana Tailgaters tailgate, an award-winning party that they’ve helped throw since 2008.

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Where’s the beef? Texas left off list of South’s best tailgates

Posted March 24th, 2017


Texas fans can be called a lot of things, but poor tailgaters isn’t one of them. The smells that rise from around Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturdays each fall are enough to draw even non-football fans to see what all the buzz is about.

So when Southern Living compiled its 2017 list of “The South’s Best Tailgates” and didn’t include Texas… This has to be some kind of mistake, right? Oh, and that isn’t even the worst part. Check out No. 8.

That’s right, someone thinks Texas A&M does its tailgates better than the Longhorns.


Other notable inclusions not named Texas are Virginia Tech and North Carolina. A reasonable ranking of barbecue side dishes should be enough to put any Texas school in over the Tar Heels. But leaving the coleslaw out (where it belongs), UNC is still a basketball school.

Even the most ardent Longhorns supporters will admit the football on the 40 Acres hasn’t been up to standard of late, but the tailgate scene is still thriving. Oh, you want numbers? Alcohol sales at Royal-Memorial Stadium spiked more than 70 percent in 2016, and according to the Wall Street Journal no fanbase drank more than Texas. If anything, more losses have placed higher emphasis on the party.

Outside the stadium, the local Strange Land Brewery rolled out a line of burnt orange cans, and even Salt Bae can’t keep the Longhorns out of his sultry meat preparation rituals.

Yeah, Longhorns still do tailgates. Certainly better than Aggies, thank you very much.

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