Horse Thief BBQ is a hole in the wall restaurant based in downtown LA. Beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken are just a few of the familiar dishes at this self-respecting barbecue joint.
Watch out for the tiny red building on U.S. 59 between Goliad and Victoria, it’s a gem that true barbecue enthusiasts dream about visiting. The only thing more exciting than the food is knowing you’ll be lucky enough to meet pitmaster Louis McMillan. What this larger-than-life character doesn’t know about barbecue isn’t worth knowing. As for food, make sure you ask for some of the 15-hour smoked brisket cooked over oak, mesquite and pecan. The taste is worth the drive.
Some people are lucky enough to earn a living doing what they love. And regardless of their passion, there is always more to learn. Opinions are everywhere, but sometimes the truth requires traveling back to the source — the place where it all started.
Take Russell and Anthony, for example. Originally from Texas, they’ve brought a taste of home to downtown Los Angeles where they serve Texas-style barbecue at their restaurant, Horse Thief BBQ. Always seeking to expand their understanding of the craft, these enthusiasts traveled 1,500 miles to Fannin, Texas, to meet Louis McMillan.
Louis is a true Texas pitmaster, who has been making barbecue for over 45 years. Since 1974, he's been the sagely owner of McMillan’s Bar-B-Q, and the only thing bigger than Louis’ personality is his knowledge of barbecue. For Russell and Anthony, their pilgrimage deep into Texas to watch and learn from this old-school master is something they’ll always remember.
Watch the video and see how Louis generously shares what are normally carefully guarded barbecue secrets with the two up-and-comers.
Discover Texas One Bite at a Time
Fannin is a small community located just two and a half hours south of Austin and two hours southeast of San Antonio. The town is the home of McMillan’s Bar-B-Q, which was named among the top 50 barbecue joints in the country by Texas Monthly.
Are you ready to take a journey? Push yourself to look deeper into what you’re passionate about and you’ll be rewarded with unique experiences and stories to take home. Just remember: When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with some good barbecue.