On the back of Arnulfo “Trey” Sánchez III’s white-and-black Vaqueros Texas Bar-B-Q trailer at Hop & Sting Brewing in Grapevine are the words “a family tradition since 1979.” The cursive lettering lets customers know that Sánchez isn’t some upstart inspired by the relatively recent popularity of barbecue tacos. Next to those letters, a Día de los Muertos–style calavera bandit wearing a large sombrero, bandoliers, and a beard is a clue to the trailer’s precise pedigree: Sánchez has been making Tejano barbecue since well before it was made famous by the likes of Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, which opened in Austin in 2013 and helped turn “Tex-Mex barbecue” into a food-journalism buzzword. The inspiration for the skeletal figure on the Vaqueros trailer is Arnulfo “Arnold” Sánchez…View Original Post
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