<![CDATA[Blog]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/ Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:00:28 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[A Goode Football Watch Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/football_watch_party/ It’s officially football season, y’all. The NFL season has kicked off and college ball is well underway. We’re always ready for a tailgate, but sometimes a watch party is the next best option. If you can’t make it to a game this season, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy football on the big screen. We’re sharing our tips on how to host the best watch party in town.

You're Invited

First things first, you need a big screen TV and the more screens, the merrier. We see nothing wrong with hooking up an extra flat screen in your living room during the fall. When football is concerned, there are never enough screens to capture all the action. 

The second most important factor to hosting a Goode party is the food. No-one wants to come over for a game and be distracted by a rumblin’ stomach. If you’re inviting people over, make sure your food line-up is Texas-sized. Appetizers like bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers will warm up your appetite. Once the game is officially underway, bring out the MVPs: game day chili, fresh grilled fajitas, burgers and the king of Texas BBQ, slow-smoked mesquite brisket. Make sure you have all the fixings to go with the Goode stuff too.

It wouldn’t be a true party without cold Texas beer and some delicious pecan pie to wrap things up. Even if they game is a doozey, your guests will leave with a sweet taste in their mouths if you serve up some famous Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie.

Whether you’re watching Thursday night college games, Sunday afternoon games or Monday Night Football, with these tips it’s sure to be a Goode party.

Oh yea, and Go Texans. 

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Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[September 21st – John David Kent $8 – www.johndavidkent.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/september21_2013/ When you've been on a world tour and signed to a major record label at the age of 16, played on both Letterman and Conan, built your own studio, started your own record label, formed a new band whose first full-length record spawned three top 20 singles on the Texas charts and a hit video on CMT Pure Country, it's hard to imagine what kind of barometer John David Kent (JDK) uses to measure future success. "I want to continue to blur the lines of genres and spread my music across the world", says Kent. Ask five listeners to describe this band's musical genre and you are sure to get five different answers. A breath of fresh air in the music industry, John David Kent's music is "influenced by..." without "sounding just like...". 

John David Kent released an EP in 2009 that evolved into John's first full-length record as a front man. Released on his independent label, Blackland/Roustabout Records, JDK's eponymous debut saw instant success. Propelled by three top 20 singles on the Texas Country chart, Runaway, Back To The Country, & My Girl (also a CMT Pure Country hit video), JDK has generated a following of thousands of listeners waiting to see what he will do with this momentum. Originally from Greenville, currently residing in the neighboring town of Celeste, and packing up for his future home in Spicewood, JDK is on the move in many ways. 

Before The Sun Comes Up, JDK's highly anticipated sophomore record, "embodies everything that the first record foreshadowed", explains Kent. "It was during a recent acoustic set when I realized that I often write about driving, open roads, moving, and being gone...which makes total sense because that's what I know. I've been gone for half of my life". Fans of the first record will once again ride shotgun as JDK drives you from sunset to sunrise in a teenaged American summer. Fueled by his trademark sing-a-long melodies, these songs are as ready for audiences seated on dancehall barstools, as they are for those on lawn seats at an amphitheater. Characteristic of JDK's sound, Before The Sun Comes Up balances commercial appeal with raw energy. Whiskey Myers' frontman, Cody Cannon, tells listeners to expect "country-infused rock and roll delivered in a very honest way. JDK's new record is tighter, more mature, and keeps his signature sound that's very vintage, but still modern. This kind of music is rare these days". 

For his sophomore album, John stepped back from the producer's seat and tapped the internationally renowned writer/producer/mixer/engineer, Dwight Baker, to take the reins in Baker's Matchbox Studios in Austin. Baker has worked with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Blue October, David Archuleta, & Bob Schneider. A collaboration between two individuals who are comfortable blurring genre lines was fitting. On working together in the studio, Kent recalls, "Dwight works fast, which we had to get used to. It forced us to be in the moment, quick on our toes…to know when to move forward before we start overthinking it". The result is a collection of songs that JDK hopes will do the same thing for his listeners that songs like Ramblin' Man did for him as a teenager. "It's that feeling of driving with the windows down in the summer with your girl leaning on your shoulder, and that perfect song comes on the radio. It's those melodies and lyrics that color those moments. I want this record to create those memories for other people". 

Fans may notice some newer faces in the band, but these guys have a long-standing musical relationship. Drummer Tony Kent is John's brother and he feels that "playing with him every night is truly a blessing". Lead guitarist Colton Gilbreath is someone John remembers seeing play when he was a kid. "Even back then, he was this 14 year old monster on guitar. We're really glad to have him on board". Bassist Randall Fuller is someone that John has known for over a decade when they met at former bandmate Ben Kweller's house. Put simply, this is a band of brothers ready to capitalize on the sweat equity they've cultivated in the music industry over the years. 

So exactly how does John David Kent measure future success? With characteristic humility, Kent answers, "before I was in the music business, I was a music fan. I will continue to be one no matter where this leads". Perhaps College Station Radio DJ, Adam Drake, can help JDK see where his art is leading his listeners. "This music will take you on a ride; it's got everything from the fun and upbeat songs, to the stuff that just tears at your heart. The older I've gotten, the less time I have to hop in the truck and drive down to the beach. I love it when albums like this make me want to do just that". Whether opening for Merle Haggard or playing festivals in France this summer, it would appear that this band's road trip is just getting started.

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Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:17:57 +0000
<![CDATA[September 21st – Closed 5pm-9:30pm]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/closedseptember21_2013/ Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:00:59 +0000 <![CDATA[September 14th - Thieving Birds $8 – www.thievingbirdsmusic.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/september14_2013/ Thieving Birds are a band from Fort Worth, Texas that was formed in September of 2010. These four friends combine Rock, Country, Roots and Blues to create a unique musical offering to their audience. The lyrics are thoughtful and strong being carried by the sultry and powerful voice of vocalist and guitarist Ace Crayton. The Rhythm section is filled out by the strong and solid drumming of Beau Brauer along with the precise Bass playing of Rody Molder. Lead Guitarist John Seidler weaves notes together to create a landscape of guitar work that will make you feel as if you’re moving across the terrain of their great state.

They released their debut, self-titled album on June 25th, 2011 and entertain and amuse audiences with their high- energy live sets. “All we want to do is play music together, to have that moment on stage when we’re all feeling the song, and to have the crowd share that moment with us… you can’t get that feeling anywhere else. That’s live music… that’s why we do it” says Crayton.

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Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:44:59 +0000
<![CDATA[September 7th – Jeremy Steding $6 – www.jeremysteding.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/september7_2013/ Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:36:08 +0000 <![CDATA[September 20th – Darbi Shaun – www.reverbnation.com/darbishaun]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/september20_2013/ There are some voices that just cause people to stop and take notice. Darbi Shaun's unique tone, texture, and emotion does just that. When you experience her music, you immediately know she is doing what she was created to do.

Darbi Shaun has been honored to open for names such as Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band, Roger Creager, and Walt Wilkins. She is currently performing acoustic sets of original music and covers often with an additional guitarist and/or a keyboard.

With a passion for singing and songwriting, Darbi is currently working on her second EP with hopes to release it this summer!

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Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:16:51 +0000
<![CDATA[September 6th – Little Late for Nashville – www.littlelatefornashville.net]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/september9_2013/ Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:08:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Tailgating Texas Style]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/texas_tailgating/ It’s back, y’all! College football kicked off last week and the NFL season is right around the corner. Whether you have a 10 a.m. or a 7 o’clock kick-off, tailgating is a must in these neck of the woods. We’ve been more tailgates than we can count through the years, so we’re sharing our tips for a Goode pre-game celebration. 

College Football Map

First, let’s talk about preparation. Don’t wait until the last minute to gather your tailgating supplies. Make sure all your ingredients, utensils, tables, chairs, flags and, most importantly, drinks are packed and ready to go the night before. We recommend planning a menu and dividing the list amongst your fellow game watchers. Some of our favorite football foods include deviled eggs, game day chili, burgers and chips and dips galore.

Come game day, park your pickup and start setting up the entertainment. This means designating a corn-hole space, grilling station and entertainment center. Whether you’re blasting your fight song through your car’s speakers or hooking up a flat-screen and satellite, make sure you have plenty of time to set up your tailgating space before the party starts.

As for the color you sport and the team you’ll be rooting for, that’s up to you. Just make sure you have goode company to enjoy the game with. 

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Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:30:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Have a Goode Labor Day]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/goode_labor_day/ It’s hard to believe summer is already coming to an end (calendar speaking, not temperature wise), but we are prepared to end the season with a bang. Well, maybe with a sizzle. A backyard BBQ is the most classic way to celebrate Labor Day and you’ve bet we’ve already got our smokers and grills heating up in anticipation. Take a look at some of our easy tips for getting ready for a big backyard celebration to make your Labor Day weekend as labor-less as possible.

Labor Day Décor
Pull out your mason jars, bandanas and twinkle lights, and start picking some Texas wild flowers, because it doesn’t take much to get your backyard ready for a Texas throw down. Place some tea candles in your mason jars, wrap your silverware in bandanas and fill some empty Shiner Beer bottles with some wildflowers to transform your table.  You can even use our famous Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie boxes for centerpieces. 

Texas Party Decor


Goode Games
It wouldn’t be a celebration without fun and games. We love a friendly backyard game of horseshoes, croquet or cornhole, especially if you can find some boards as Texas proud as these. We say the winner deserves an extra slice of pie. 

Goode Backyard Games


Goode Food
Last but certainly not least, you need some Goode grub to complete the party. Don’t even worry about planning a menu, just give us a call and we’ll bring all the fixings straight from our pits to your door. From brisket and sausage to hamburgers and hotdogs, we have plenty of options for whatever your party needs. Don’t forget about the jalapeño cheese bread and our famous pecan pies too. You can even order your delivery online to make your Labor Day even easier.

Goode BBQ

We’re here to make your Labor Day the best that it can be. From everyone here at Goode Company BBQ, have a relaxing weekend. 

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Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[We love a Goode Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/goode_party/ We love throwing a Goode party with our friends and family for any celebration. From birthdays to retirements, weddings, holiday parties and more, we’ve been a part of it all.

Texas Centerpiece

Whether you’re gettin’ hitched or headed over the hill, we know the best way to celebrate is with a great meal. We’re not just talking good old-fashioned brisket, y’all. We offer full service catering both in our one-of-a-kind private event space as well as your hand-picked venue. Our full service catering inlcudes servers, slicers, silverware, table skirts and the whole nine yards. We handle everything from the setup to the cleanup so all you have to do is dream up your perfect event and then eat up.

Goode Party Set Up
If you choose to party with us at the Armadillo Palace, our towering 12-foot-tall, stainless steel-tiled Armadillo will make one heck of a greeter for you and your guests. Just give us your date, time and guest list and let us book the band, pour the drinks and slice the meat. Whatever kind of party you want, we’ll make it happen.

Corporate Events
Butter up the boss and order BBQ catering for the next board meeting or better yet plan the company holiday party and leave a lasting impression no handshake could ever compete with.

Holiday Parties
Spread the Goode cheer throughout the whole year. Light the sparklers. Raise the flag. Deck the halls. And set the table. Better yet, let us do it. Red snapper, white wine, green chili empanadas—we’re here year-round to make each season brighter.

Weddings and Rehearsal Dinners
Say “I Do” to some Goode BBQ (and prime rib, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, mesquite fajitas…). We offer cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and buffet-style spreads as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate.

Moms, Dads and Grads
A few heaping platters of Goode BBQ will have you trading your tissues for napkins quicker than you can say cum laude. Our catering offers an array of big-day delights, from prime rib to pralines. You might even consider an early morning soiree to start the celebrations with a light breakfast banquet. Tip your hats to moms, dads and grads with a home-cooked meal you won’t soon forget.

Armadillo Palace Party

We’re not just slow smokin’ brisket for the neighborhood block party anymore. (Although we are still delivering and taking to-go orders!) We’re here to make your day a Goode day. So next time you start planning a gathering, be sure to give us a call to see what we can do for you.

Call our catering office today at 713-224-6633. If you’re interested in booking your event at the Armadillo Palace, call 713-844-8180.

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Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ A Nod to Some Notable Texans]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/notable_texans/ School is almost back in session so to get back in the swing of things we’re sharing a short Texas history lesson. Y’all know we’re Texas Proud around these neck of the woods, so to celebrate the Lone Star State, we’re tipping our hats to a few “goode” men who helped shape Texas into the great state it is today. 

Texas

We’ll start with Stephen F. Austin, the man many history books refer to as the Father of Texas. It was Austin who led hundreds to settle in and around what is now San Antonio, Texas. He played a vital role in the settlement of Texas as well as in events before, during and after the Texas Revolution. It goes without saying, that Texas would be very different if it wasn’t for Mr. Austin. After all, our capital is named after him.

It was some Goode advise from Davy Crockett when he said, “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.” A Tennessee native, Crockett was nearly 50 years old by the time he made it to the Lone Star State. Crockett eventually died fighting for Texas’ Independence during the Battle of the Alamo and for that we think he deserves the title of a very Notable Texan. We’ll be raising a glass to him this weekend, as Saturday, August 17 would have been his 227th birthday.

Last and certainly not least, we’re tipping our hat to Mr. Sam Houston. Although Sam Houston was born in Virginia, also got here as fast as he couple and played a key role in shaping Texas’ history. After all, it was Sam Houston who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836 (which just so happens to also be his birthday). With that signature, Houston became the first President of the Republic of Texas. After Texas joined the United States, Houston went on to represent Texas as a U.S. Senator and eventually became a governor of our fine state. During his Governorship, Houston opposed the succession of Texas from the United States saying, “I love Texas too well to bring civil strife and bloodshed upon her.”

Whether you were born and raised in Texas or are a transplant, we hope you can take a second to remember these great men who transformed a big ol’ chunk of land into one of the greatest state in America. 

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Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Share to Win a Goode Prize]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/share_to_win/ We’re having one heck of a Goode summer and, to make it even better, we’ve decided to give away some of the Goode stuff to a handful of lucky Facebook fans.

We’ve been slow smokin’ brisket and baking pecan pies since 1977, but we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our loyal friends and fans. We are so very grateful for each and every one of our customers and to show how much y’all mean to us, we’re giving away everything from appetizers at Armadillo Palace to a private lunch in our prize room.

It’s easy, folks! All you have to do is “like” the Goode Company restaurant Facebook pages (we’ve got one for each location) and “share” one of our “Share-to-Win” images for a chance to win one of our Goode prizes. 

Taqueria Share to Win

Each restaurant is giving away something different during the month of August, so be sure to like them all!

We’re picking up lunch and dinner tabs at Goode Company Seafood – Westpark,

Goode Company BBQ – Kirby and Goode Company Seafood –Katy Freeway. Not to mention, we’re giving away a BBQ party pack at Goode Company BBQ – Katy Freeway and serving up appetizers at Goode’s Armadillo Palace. Last but not least, we are hosting a free private lunch in the Jim Goode Prize Room at Goode Company BBQ – 290.

Our “Share to Win” contests will pop up all month long, so visit us on Facebook to join in on the fun. Goode luck, y’all!

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Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[August 31st – Andrew Wade – $8]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august31andrewwade2013/ It’s a concept seldom found in a young band, but for those who heed those seven simple words, it is recipe for greatness. Like those simple words, that individually are commonplace, the four corner stones in the Andrew Wade Band are as ordinary as one could imagine. But, together they form a unique yet firmly rooted blend of country, rock, and blues that stands at the forefront of the music scene.

With the release of their debut album “String Lights” in August 2010 under Lucky Duck Records, the band quickly began an ascent that has all but faltered. Although a few faces have changed, the band has only gotten stronger and the chemistry between the current members is apparent on and off the stage. With a list of historic venues in their resume and nearly 1000 albums sold, the Andrew Wade Band has found a strong foothold that spans from Dallas to the Rio Grand Valley. Their fan base has grown exponentially as well; deriving from the band’s impressive live performance, as they’ve shared the stage with larger regional acts, but also from consistent radio play throughout the state.

Now, the band is setting out on the next chapter as they’ve began working on their sophomore album “Summer Circus” at Lucky Run Studio in Richmond,TX. The album, produced by the Andrew Wade Band, is expected to be released in 2012 under the band’s own label, String Light Records.

  • Andrew Wade – Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Brian Tipton – Lead Guitar
  • Joel Ryan – Bass/Vocals
  • Mitch Reuther – Drums
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Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:31:54 +0000
<![CDATA[August 24th – Closing at 4pm – Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august242013/ Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:24:54 +0000 <![CDATA[August 23rd – Justin Van Sant $8 – www.justinvansant.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august23justinvansant2013/ Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:19:27 +0000 <![CDATA[August 17th – Jeremy Steding $6 – www.jeremysteding.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august17jeremysteding2013/ Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:13:07 +0000 <![CDATA[August 10th – Matt Caldwell $8 – www.mattcaldwell.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august10mattcaldwell2013/ Raised on the outskirts of Dallas, close enough to see the city lights reflected in the sky at night, but seemingly a world away, Matt Caldwell’s childhood was typical for someone in a small Texas town.

Growing up in Nevada, TX (pop. 854), Matt started singing in church at an early age, but by high school, as happens with many young men in small-town Texas, sports became the focus of his after-school interests. He played baseball, basketball and was the starting quarterback of the football team. But by his senior year, music was creeping back into his life.  Matt gave up sports to front a band called “Texas’ Most Wanted”. They played in the little dive bars in town and the surrounding areas and eventually made their way to the larger clubs and festivals.

After a few years on the road, Matt knew writing songs and playing music was what he wanted to do with his life, it was his passion, it was in his blood. 

Matt made a decision to move to Nashville, but like so many of the multitudes who made the same move to chase a dream, he soon found himself caught in the balancing act of trying to break into country music while at the same time making a living. “Sometimes it’s hard to find gigs and put on a good show when you’ve been out in the hot sun working construction all day,” says Caldwell. Continuing to work on his craft of songwriting after a day’s work, as well as becoming more and more natural onstage while continuing to make fans and friends by the dozens, Matt also began taking his music back to his home state of Texas.

His easiness in front of a crowd, approachability and honest-to-goodness humble nature makes it hard to tell who is having more fun…the audience or Matt.  He is currently on the road spending a lot of time playing throughout Texas showing fans his version of country music.  Matt Caldwell is on the cusp of something big.

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Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:16:17 +0000
<![CDATA[August 3rd – The Washers $6 – www.thewashersmusic.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august3thewashers2013/ Out of the quiet prairie lands of Texas’ Gulf Coast, there is a murmur that is gradually getting louder. Amidst the stirring is the recognizable tone of crunchy single-coil pickups and a Gibson J-45 against the backdrop of a walking bassline and the crashing of cymbals. If one listens close enough, they will find the epicenter of the ruckus in East Bernard, Texas– a small town more known for kolaches and polka than loud and rowdy Americana music. 

A band known as The Washers are the makers of the noise, which some consider a new breed of Americana. Though not reinventing the wheel, it’s the slight variations from the others in the Texas Music scene that make this small-town band notable. With all of the standard elements typically seen on the stages across Texas, including Justin Wade Wilcox picking rhythm guitar and banjo, Rio Tripiano on lead guitar and harmonica, Matt Kopycinski thumping away on bass, Mikey Faltysek keeping time on the drums, and Todd Janik strumming the acoustic parts, one of the unique elements of their dynamic live show is the fact that the four in front share the vocal spotlight. In addition to a different lead singer on seemingly every song, the four singers constantly shift their roles to create beautiful, complex harmonies. 

With a little bit of folk, a dash of good old rock ‘n roll, and a whole lot of country, The Washers are hitting the pavement with both feet running, sparking a fire in the Texas Music scene.

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Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:08:16 +0000
<![CDATA[August 3rd – Closed from 4pm - 9pm – Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august3_privateparty_2013/ Thu, 01 Aug 2013 09:02:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Goode Road Trips]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/road_trips/ There are so many great Texas towns to explore and summer is one of the best times to hit the road for some Texas traveling. We asked y’all to share some of your favorite Texas towns with us on Facebook and what do you know, many of your favorites are on our list too.

Although we love visiting big Texas cities like Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, getting out and exploring some of the hidden treasures on the map is what really makes us appreciate our great Lone Star State. There are hundreds of Texas towns that are filled with delicious dives, interesting history and, above all, Goode character. 

Texas Towns

If you haven’t made it to Gruene, TX add it to your to-do list. Gruene is home to Texas’ oldest dance hall, the famous Gristmill Restaurant and one of the best places to float the Guadalupe River. This famous Texas town is located to the West of I-35 roughly halfway between Austin and San Antonio. Enjoy live music and some Texas two-steppin’ in Gruene Hall, take a picture in front of the iconic Gruene water tower and enjoy all the great activities in this treasure of a town. We highly recommend some tubin’ time down the Guadalupe or Comal Rivers.

Filled with more than 13 wineries and vineyards, Fredericksburg is the epicenter of the Texas Hill Country wine region. Home to great shopping, museums and Texas’ famous Enchanted Rock, there is plenty to keep you busy while visiting. Another must see for any true Texan is a blip on the map where “Everybody’s Somebody:” Luckenbach.  A 10-mile drive from the heart of Fredericksburg, Luckenbach’s famous post office is definitely worth the trip. This tiny Hill Country community was established as a Trading Post in 1849 making it one of the oldest settlements in Gillespie County.

Fredericksburg

Some of our other favorite Texas towns that you should add to your travel list include Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas; Marfa, a unique one-of-a-kind town in West Texas; Leakey, the Swiss Alps of Texas; and Shiner, home to one our of favorite Texas brews.

While the days are long, go ahead and load up your iPod with some good ole’ Texas tunes, fill up the tank and hit the road. No matter where you’re headed, just make sure you have a Goode time. Happy Texas traveling from all of us at Goode Company. 

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Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:00 +0000
<![CDATA[August 1st – Closed from 2pm - 9:30pm – Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august1privateparty2013/ Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:59:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Camping Cookin’]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/camping_cooking/ Grilled hot dogs, hot-off-the fire s’mores and late night stories with friends and family: just a few reasons why camping is a family tradition around these neck of the woods. Since Houston is hardly a camping mecca, we explore other parts of our great state for some Goode old-fashioned Texas camping.

Although we’re used to slow smokin’ our meats, come camping time we leave the smokers at home and build an open fire in the great outdoors. One of our favorite activities is camping cookin’ and you bet we pack some Goode sausage and all beef hot dogs in our coolers. 

Goode Sausage

If you’re a real cowboy, pick up a long, narrow and sturdy stick, burn the tip and skewer your sausage on a piece of Mother Nature. You can always bring your own skewers if borrowing one from the great outdoors isn’t your style. Hover your skewer over the fire and slowly rotate it until your piece of meat gets browned all the way around. Once your sausage or hot dog has cooked all the way through, slice it, wrap it in a bun or just take a nice big bite and enjoy.

A camping trip is never complete without at least a few s’mores, so make sure you pack plenty of marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers. Whether you like to blacken your mallow or just barely brown it, once you’ve toasted it to perfection, slap it between two graham crackers and a piece of chocolate and enjoy this camping classic dessert. If you’re camping our way, you’ll help yourself to more than one! 

Campfire s'mores

What more could you need after enjoying some meat on a stick and some delicious dessert sandwiches? Gather around the fire and enjoy some Texas beer and folk tales with Goode company.

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Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode Music all Summer Long]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/goode_music/ Here at Goode Company we love live music, cold beers and Goode times. Heck, that’s why we have a whole location dedicated to live music and another one that hosts local bands all summer long:  Armadillo Palace and BBQ – Highway 290 (in case you were wondering…)

It’s hot here in Texas and as our friends at Shiner Beer say, “There’s nothing finer than live music and Shiner.” We could argue that they forgot to include Texas BBQ, but for today’s sake we’re focusing on good old-fashioned Texas county music. 

Live music and Shiner

Music is something that has been part of the Goode Company brand well before The Armadillo Palace opened. Back when the original BBQ location on Kirby Drive opened in 1977, Leon "Pappy" would play his fiddle on the first Friday of every month. Now we’ve got a whole location dedicated to live music right across the street. The Armadillo Palace hosts live Texas music every Saturday night capturing the spirit of Texas music week after week.

Our BBQ Highway 290 location has also jumped on the live music wagon. During the summer months, they rope off the gravel parking lot, pull out the stage and set out picnic tables for locals and visitors alike to enjoy some Goode music. Not to mention they offer one heck of a beer bucket deal that make these live performances even more fun. 

Armadillo Palace Band

If this has struck a chord and you want to tap your boot to some country music while eating our BBQ, you won’t want to miss these upcoming performances: 

  • Stephen Chadwick live on Saturday, July 20 at Armadillo Palace at 10:30 p.m. $8 cover charge
  • Little Late for Nashville live on Friday, July 26 at Goode Company BBQ – Highway 290 from 7 – 10 p.m. Free performance
  • Mandi Powell live on Friday, August 9 at Goode Company BBQ – Highway 290 from 7 – 10 p.m. Free performance
  • Driftwood live on Friday, August 23 at Goode Company BBQ – Highway 290 from 7 – 10 p.m. Free performance

 

So boozehounds, boot-scooters and music lovers, grab your partners and head on over to one of our locations for live Texas sounds and shenanigans this summer. 

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Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:00:30 +0000
<![CDATA[July 27th – JD Newbury $8 – www.reverbnation.com/jdnewbury]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july27_2013/ Texas born and bred, JD Newbury’s earliest influences came from Mickey Newbury at family gatherings where he heard Newbury originals such as “Just Dropped in (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” and “American Trilogy.” Inspiration came from a stack of vinyls that he listened to over and over as Kris Kristopherson, Mickey Newbury, and Dean Dillon played songs that fascinated JD. He went to school listening to these greats, and that is where he learned to turn a “phrase into a song through music”.

He caught the electric feeling that comes from performing, and it continued to intrigue him as he watched Garth Brooks and Gary Allan entertain massive audiences with sheer energy from music. Starting out as a drummer, he discovered that music was in his blood and encouraged by his friends and family, he began to take his own life’s experiences and turn them into songs. 

“Beer Makes You Lean” was JD’s debut single. In the spring of 2010, the song became an immediate success, reaching the Top Ten on both the Texas Regional Radio Chart and Texas Music Chart. JD moved quickly to form his band, The Waycross County Outlaws, with musicians that in their own right have enjoyed great success. Now JD Newbury and The Waycross County Outlaws, travel the Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana playing for fast growing crowds of fans. JD’s performance is engaging, electric and filled with “life stories” around the songs that he performs.

From those countless days of writing songs, to the many miles on the road, JD never knows where the next song will come from. Included in JD’s debut CD are six of the songs that JD has written. The CD’s title, “Influences,” gives tribute to the rich experiences of JD’s life and the contribution from the many great songwriters who have influenced his writing.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:33:59 +0000
<![CDATA[July 25th — Closed from 2pm-9pm — Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july25_2013/ Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:07:50 +0000 <![CDATA[Pack a Cooler; It’s Fishin’ Time]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/goode_fishing/ We can assure you there is nothing like a nice fishin’ trip to keep you busy during the long Texas summer. Fishing is a form of art around here and trust us, we’ve had plenty of practice. So listen up as we share some of the Goode family fishin’ traditions.

First things first, we’ve got to make sure you’re stocked with all the Goode stuff. It’s not all about the tackle box, fishing poles and live bait, although those are definitely fishin’ trip necessities, but a cooler stocked with ice cold Texas beer is never a bad idea. Before you take off, make sure you have everything you need to not only be successful on the pond, but also to have a fun time.

Fishing Cheaper Than Therapy

Once the truck is packed, it is time to decide where you are heading. Texas is full of great places to make a Goode catch, so do some researching before you hit the road. The Texas gulf coast is always a good place to start. We also recommend visiting some of Texas’ famous lakes including Lake Fork, which holds many of the state records for largemouth bass; Caddo Lake, the only natural lake in Texas; and Canyon Lake. Whether you are heading out on a boat or kickin’ it on the riverbank, remember to sit back, relax and enjoy some quality Texas fishing time. 

 Shiner on the Water

After the beer is gone and your cooler is full of fresh Texas seafood, it’s time to head home, invite over the neighbors and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Filet your fish, throw some Goode seasoning on it and fire up your frying pan.

Whenever you need a good excuse to get out of town, pack the cooler and go fishing.

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Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:30:00 +0000
<![CDATA[July 20th – Stephen Chadwick $8]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july202013/ Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:52:33 +0000 <![CDATA[July 13th – Cool Water Band $6]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july132013/ Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:43:20 +0000 <![CDATA[July 12th — Closed All Day — Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july122013/ Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:41:05 +0000 <![CDATA[July 11th — Closed from 11am - 2pm — Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july112013/ Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:39:27 +0000 <![CDATA[July 10th — Closed at 2pm — Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july102013/ Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:38:35 +0000 <![CDATA[July 9th – Closing at 2pm – Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july92013/ Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:45:57 +0000 <![CDATA[August 23rd – Driftwood ]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august23_2013/ Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:46:14 +0000 <![CDATA[August 9th – Mandi Powell – www.reverbnation.com/mandipowell ]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/august9_2013/ Hailing from a small town west of Houston, Texas, Mandi Powell is a phenomenal voice that has yet to be heard in the small world of singer/songwriters; but don't be fooled - this girl has played numerous prestigious venues in her early time as a singer/songwriter, including the Firehouse Saloon (guest of Andrew Wade Band)in Houston, Texas, Big Texas Saloon in Spring, Texas, and the infamous Hill's Cafe in Austin. 
"I don't remember a time when I was not singing, or did not have an urge to," laughingly says Powell of her lifetime choice to be a singer/songwriter. "I recently saw a video a dear family friend had filmed when I was probably about 5, and even then, I knew I was at home behind a microphone and on a stage." 
Powell has been writing since she was twelve, and most of her works were poems. It was not until the spring of 2009 that she decided to pick up a guitar. "I already had some theory behind me since I was a "band nerd" and a soprano in my high school choir, but growing up, times were tough. My parents really couldn't afford to pay for music lessons, so I joined my school's relatively small music programs. They really paid off." 
Mandi is currently on the brink of finishing her debut album, "Tilt-a-Whirl," under Lucky Duck Records, that is due out in the spring of 2011.

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Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:43:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Happy Fourth of July from Goode Company!]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/happy_fourth/ All of us here at Goode Company wish you a happy and safe July Fourth holiday. We hope you enjoy Goode food, great company and fun festivities this week as we celebrate America’s Birthday. Don’t forget to thanks our brave men and women who serve in our nation’s military to keep our country safe and free.  

Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day!

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Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:45:39 +0000
<![CDATA[July 8th – Closed All Day – Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july8th2013/ Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:14:19 +0000 <![CDATA[July 7th – Closed All Day – Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july7th2013/ Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:12:54 +0000 <![CDATA[July 6th – Jody Booth $8 – www.jodybooth.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july6th2013/ Texas has produced some of country music’s biggest legends, and Jody Booth could well be the next member to join that near-cosmic lineup. With a gritty edge that defies convention and a lyrical vulnerability startling in its honesty, this intense guitar-playing singer/songwriter from the tiny town of Livingston, Texas is hovering on the borderline between regional acclaim and national fame – and he’s reaching out for the “big time.”

“I’d be happy enough to sing for free, just for the camaraderie with the band and the audience’s energy,” Jody says. “But to make a living and provide for my family, I’ve got to take a chance and believe that this new CD will take things further along.”

The “new” CD is Booth’s upcoming HEAVEN AND HELL; a 12-track tour-de-force akin to Jamey Johnson’s much-heralded debut disc of 2008. Produced by veteran hit-maker Doug Deforest (Todd Fritsch, Doug Spartz, Jonathan Edwards), it’s country, offering the soul-baring truths of Kristofferson paired with the vocal chops of Haggard or Jones. Jody’s music is pure and heartfelt; his writing forged by a life lived in the trenches of responsibility while dancing on the edge. “I don’t always write about my life,” Jody states. “But I think I’m a good observer of the human condition and I think it shows in my songs.”

HEAVEN AND HELL kicks off with the Waylon-esque “Heartache,” a chicken-pickin’, banjo-laced portrayal of a man leavin’ the blues behind with a whiskey-drinkin’, cigarette-smokin’ run at freedom. A disc highlight is the starkly personal “Devil In A Bottle Of Jim Beam,” a song Booth wrote about his father who passed away in April of 2000. “He was a whiskey drinker but he was also a good man.” The album’s first single, “Gold Digger,” is a honky-tonkin’ tribute to high-maintenance women. “I wrote it in 10 minutes flat,” he says with a laugh. “It’s a real-life story that makes for a pretty good country song.”

“Small Town News” picks up the tempo with an insider’s look at small-town living. “When I play it live, I always tell the audience that the story is true, but the names have been changed to protect the guilty. And the names really have been changed.”

Another outstanding track is “Loneliness,” a song Booth wrote in a Louisiana motel. “Back then I was working in the seismic exploration industry. That’s a whole ‘nother story, but basically I was away from home for six to eight weeks at a time. That kind of solitude can eat at a man.”

Booth knows about loneliness – and hardship – and accountability. A father at 16, Jody set aside his early dreams of “stardom” to do “the right thing,” taking a job at a local convenience store when he was just 15. “I worked there every day after school and in the summers,” he says. In spite of the long hours at work, Booth graduated high school and was accepted at several colleges. But Jody knew that a few years at college wouldn’t pay the bills, and he was hearing music’s call. He separated from his first wife in 2000, and devoted himself full-time to songwriting and performing.

“I released my first CD in 2001, without any marketing or promotion. It was pretty disappointing when it didn’t really go anywhere, but I kept on doin’ shows and writing up until 2003 when I took a job in oil exploration in Louisiana,” Booth says. “My first trip out into the swamps was pretty scary. I walked within five feet of a ‘gator with water snakes swimming between my legs.” Jody worked seven days a week, 10 hours a day, for weeks at a time. “It was hard work,” he says. “But I needed the money for my daughter Laci, and I did write a lot of songs during the day and in my motel room at night.”

Music is a family tradition for Jody, who was raised in rural Texas surrounded by talented aunts, uncles and cousins. His mom taught him to play the guitar when he was just eight years old. “She handed me a guitar tuned to an open E and gave me a kitchen knife to use as a slide,” he recalls. Once Booth got his A and B chords down, his mother taught him G, C and D. The two now play together whenever they can, with Mom on fiddle and Jody on rhythm guitar. “Our family reunions were nothin’ but an excuse to eat, drink beer and play music. Nothing’s really changed there,” he adds with a laugh.

The youngest of five children, Jody joined his first band while he was still in high school. “Getting up on stage wasn’t any different than singin’ at the family gatherings,” Jody recalls. “The crowds never intimidated me. Heck, I’ve been playing live since I was 14.”

Now, Jody’s playing an average of 15 shows a month, both acoustic sets and with full-band. He’s made a name for himself across Texas, playing honky-tonks, festivals and fairs and, while he doesn’t like to “drop names,” he modestly admits to opening for the likes of Willie Nelson, Tracy Lawrence, Jack Ingram and Roger Creager. Jody’s enjoying his first #1 as a songwriter with Creager’s recent hit, “I Love Being Lonesome,” a song he wrote with Roger, Allen Huff and John Slaughter. Booth just wrapped up his first-ever video shoot for “Gold Digger,” and when he’s not writing, he’s playing golf or poker and getting ready for hunting season. Jody’s promotion and publicity specialists are on board; his new wife Brandi and five-year-old daughter Bailey are encouraging him, and Nashville’s record labels are finally starting to take notice. “I’ve got a great team now,” Booth states. “And I think this record is gonna bring me everything I wanted before – and never had a fair shot at.”

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Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:02:45 +0000
<![CDATA[July 5th – Closed All Day – Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july5th2013/ Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:01:50 +0000 <![CDATA[4th of July – Closed for the Celebration]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july4th2013/ Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:58:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Celebrate the Fourth of July in Goode Style]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/americas_birthday/ Everyone knows we are Texas proud, but we are just as proud to be an American. A family-owned and operated business, Goode Company exemplifies the American dream. With no restaurant experience and very little money, we transformed an old barn-style warehouse into one of Houston’s most famous BBQ joints. We love nothin’ more than filling plates with fine Texas BBQ and with America’s birthday right around the corner, you bet ya we’re firing up our barbeque pits. 

Goode BBQ Catering Plate

We want you to relax and enjoy the celebration, so kick up your heels and give us a call for your July Fourth food needs. Skip the hotdogs and order the Goode stuff. We’ve got brisket, sausage, fajitas, hamburgers, jalapeno cheese bread and all the fixings to make your backyard BBQ the best party in town. No birthday’s complete without a nice big slice of dessert, so don’t forget about the famous Brazos Bottom Pecan Pies! 

July Fourth Pecan Pie

Whether you’re gathering the family around the dinner table or hosting Houston’s hottest backyard party, we’re ready to take care of all your catering needs. Click here for all the Goode Catering options and when you know what you want, pick up the phone and give me a call at 713-224-6633.  

From everyone here at Goode Company, we wish you a safe and Happy Independence day! 

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Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:05:49 +0000
<![CDATA[July 26th – Little Late For Nashville – www.littlelatefornashville.net]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july26_littlelatefornashville_2013/ Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:56:48 +0000 <![CDATA[July 12th – Cypress Republic Band – www.crbband.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/july12_crb_2013/ Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:52:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Goode’s Sinful Pecan Pralines]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/pecan_pralines/ I never need an excuse to chow down on one of Texas’ favorite delicacies, but I’ll take National Praline Day on June 24th as a Goode reason to splurge on some sinful praline patties. These pecan pastries, prah-leen or pray-leen, no matter how you pronounce it, will leave you speechless. That’s a Texas truth, y’all. 

Goode Praline Delight

Pralines are a Goode family favorite and a treat we’ve been passing around the dinner table since I can remember. We can thank the French for bringing this recipe down south. Back in the 18th century when the French where settling into Louisiana, they took advantage of the ample sugar cane and pecan trees and mixed the two together to create this brittle treat.

Although the recipe has varied over the years, today pralines are most commonly made with pecans, brown sugar, corn syrup, cream and vanilla. Once you find a recipe you like, combine your ingredients and stir them over heat until you reach the perfect consistency and temperature. Be careful when heating your mix; if it gets too hot, the candy could dry out and crumble, but if it doesn’t get cooked long enough, it will turn out too runny. When your mixture is ready, use a large spoon and drop the mix onto wax paper, forming individual patties. Make sure they are nice and large, now. There’s nothing worse than a wimpy lookin’ praline. Let them cool down and when they are nice and hard you can enjoy!

This recipe is not an easy one to master, so we understand if you don’t want to experiment in your own kitchen. Come to Goode Company and we’ll make sure you take home a perfect batch. It takes time to do it right, but we’re dedicated to putting the best food in front of you. Our pralines are truly Texas-sized and full of rich, sweet, southern flavor.

Y’all celebrate National Praline Day in Goode style, which means never sayin’ no to a box of Goode treats.  

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Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode Gifts for Dad]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/fathersday-goodegifts/ As a father and son, I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday. Many of us wouldn’t be where we are today without the love, support and words of wisdom our fathers have shelled out over the years. I’m sharing plenty of Goode gift ideas for the dads in your life. We’re doing it up big this year, so we hope you will join in and celebrate Father’s Day the Goode way. 

Levi and Jim Goode

For the Houston dads that love a Goode hardy meal, we’re serving up a prime rib feast fit for a king this Sunday at our BBQ Hwy 290 and Katy Freeway locations. Dads can enjoy an 8 oz. or 12 oz. slice of prime rib, saddled up next to a loaded baked potato. Pull up a chair and let us do the cookin’ this Father’s Day. 

Prime Rib Feast for Dad

For the grillin’ man, swing by our Hall of Flame storefront at the Armadillo Palace or visit the online store to pick out some grilling tools that are sure to impress. We’ve got top-notch steak knives, Goode Company signature spice rubs, a guitar shaped spatula and other Goode gear that would make any BBQ lovin’ man smile from ear to ear. 

For the picky pops, send dad a Goode Company gift card so he can dine or shop the Goode way on his terms. This year we’re even giving away a little something extra with your gift card purchase. Get dad a $25 gift card and receive any 3.5 oz. Goode Company Rub for free. Spend $50 on a gift card and receive a 15 oz. bottle of Goode Company BBQ sauce.  Or go all out and take home a free Brazos Bottom Pecan pie when you buy a $100 gift card for pops.

I hope you’ll celebrate dad in Goode style this Sunday. From our family to yours, happy Father’s Day to all great dads out there! 

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Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:50:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Blue Bell, Tastes Just Like the Goode Old Days]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/summer_ice_cream/ It wouldn’t be summer in Texas without a freezer full of ice-cold treats. As the Texas heat really starts to sink in, you can bet I’ve got ice cream on my mind, and I wouldn’t be caught with anything other than the best: Blue Bell, of course.

Blue Bell Ice Cream

The famous Texas ice cream factory, formerly known as the Brenham Creamery Company, started in 1907 when local farmers decided to make butter from their excess cream. Lucky for us, it wasn’t long before the creamery started making ice cream. Blue Bell has come a long way since delivering ice cream by horse and buggy. No matter how much they grow, they are dedicated to serving the best ice cream in the country and for that, I tip my hat to them!

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the factory, be sure to put it on your summer to-do list. Take a day off and make the short drive up Hwy 290 to Brenham, TX. Trust me, it’s a trip you won’t regret. Tour the factory and get yourself a scoop of that delicious, creamy Texas treat too. Tours are offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a finer accompaniment to a big slice of our Goode Company famous pecan pie. Stay cool and enjoy some ice cream, folks!

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Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[June 21 – Little Late For Nashville – www.littlelatefornashville.net]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/june21_littlelatefornashville_2013/ Wed, 29 May 2013 20:34:46 +0000 <![CDATA[June 14th – Stacey Steele – www.staceysteeleofficial.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/june14_staceysteele_2013/ Raised in Katy, Texas (a small town just a few miles west of Houston), Stacey knew at age 5 exactly what he wanted to be one day…..a singer/musician. The son of singer/musician parents, Stacey watched them play night after night in Houston’s most popular night clubs and restraunts throughout the 70‘s and 80‘s. While Stacey’s father was touring as George Strait’s opening act in the early 80’s, Stacey would watch the musicians and study their every move while trying to emulate their chord positioning and drum patterns, eventually learning to play each instrument by ear. By the time Stacey had reached 10 years old, he could play along on the guitar, bass, or drums to just about any song he heard on the radio.

After turning 18, Stacey began playing in local bands and performing in the hottest night clubs in Houston, as well as touring across the state and across the country. Every band that Stacey played in was well in demand, including World Edge, The Limos, Arrival, and Toy Subs. Four of the bands Stacey played in during the 90’s were nominated for “Band of the Year” by the Houston Press, a local Houston newspaper. Stacey was being hired as a singer, guitarist, bass player, and drummer for live performances, recording sessions, commercial jingles, as well as playing for the Houston Texans, the Houston Astros, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Coca Cola, Budweiser, Shiner Bock, 101 KLOL, 94.5 The Buzz, 93.7 The Arrow, 93Q Country, 100.1 KILT, 97.1 Country Legends, Miller Brewing Company, Pro Mark drumsticks, and countless other corporate events and sponsorships, establishing himself as a successful solo artist and musician. In 2006, Stacey was also nominated in the Texas Buzz Music Awards for “Record of the Year”, “Song of the Year”, and “Band of the Year” while playing lead guitar with his band, LIFE OF RILEY.  Stacey has also been endorsed by The Miller Brewing Company, Shiner Bock, Jagermeister, ProMark drumsticks, and Budweiser.

Up to now, Stacey has played all over the country, been featured on VH1, performed and recorded with Grammy nominated and Grammy winning artists and producers, made a ton of albums and music videos (including 3 albums and 2 music videos with Ty Tabor of the rock band, King’s X), and he’s either recorded, toured, or played with countless acts like Blue October, King’s X, Solange Knowles, Pantera, Enuff Z’Nuff, Motley Crue, Piggy D (Rob Zombie), Kenny Wayne Shepard, Loverboy, Poison, Guiffria, Clint Black, Zebra, Third Eye Blind, Galactic Cowboys, Dio, Cheap Trick, Tonic, Atomic Opera, Doug Supernaw, Sixpence None the Richer, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Drowning Pool, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.,(Jellyfish, Beck, Cheap Trick), and MANY more. 

Stacey has put the finishing touches on his first solo country album with Grammy winning producer/engineer, Brian Garcia(Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, King’s X, Our Lady Peace, Diana DeGarmo, etc). The album is slated for release in the early spring of 2013. Stacey is currently booking original shows, as well as local cover shows as a solo, duo, trio, or his full band, The Jukebox Heroes.

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Wed, 29 May 2013 20:31:46 +0000
<![CDATA[June 29th – Midnight River Choir $8 – www.midnightriverchoir.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/june29_midnightriverchoir_2013/ The story of Midnight River Choir is proof that sometimes great bands just happen. One night, four strangers ended up on a late night float trip down the Guadalupe River. As they made their way down the river singing songs, the beautiful harmonies floated into the heads of sleeping campers. The next morning, the boys overheard a man telling a friend that he was “awakened by a midnight river choir.” That was all it took. Eric Middleton (lead singer and guitarist), Justin Nelson (lead guitarist), Jeromy Yager (former bassist), and Mitchell Pyeatt (drummer), realized the magic of their combined talents and began writing and performing together under that River-God given name.

The formation of Midnight River Choir was nothing short of a force of nature that now translates seamlessly during their live shows. This band needs no labels or comparisons. Their music speaks volumes about who and what they are. Their lives have been woven together by a strong thread of energy both on and off stage. That energy is raw and natural and soaked up from the earth through their bare feet. They believe that what you get is what you give and they give everything they have to their crowds. When that kind of energy lands back at the feet of the boys it is something of supreme intensity. And no one ever forgets it.

Mitchell Pyeatt: drums, harmony vocals

Eric Middleton: lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars

Justin Nelson: lead guitar, acoustic guitar, harmony vocals

Bob Driver: bass, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmony vocals

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Wed, 29 May 2013 19:44:44 +0000
<![CDATA[June 28th – Closed 3:30pm - 9pm Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/6-28-13closed/ Wed, 29 May 2013 14:24:00 +0000 <![CDATA[June 28th – Driftwood ]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/june28_driftwood_2013/ Tue, 28 May 2013 20:37:00 +0000 <![CDATA[June 22nd – Cooper Wade $6 – www.cooperwade.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/june22_cooperwade_2013/ Cooper Wade has grown up with music since he was born. Both his parents sing and played instruments, so it was fitting Cooper took right to it also. He started playing the piano at age 7, drums/percussion at age 12 and self-taught guitar starting in high school. He received a percussion scholarship to college where he earned a BM in percussion performance with a minor in piano and voice. He has enjoyed being on stage since he was a kid and the stage jitters don't bother him at all. 

Cooper loves the outdoors and hunts whenever his schedule allows. He is a huge bird hunter and loves to go duck and goose hunting. Other times he grabs his compound bow and heads out for those elusive Texas Whitetail and other exotic deer. After the hunt there's nothing like sitting around the campfire with a guitar singing songs and telling stories . . . not lies!! 

Cooper's a devoted father to his 2 awesome kids and when he's not in the studio or on the road he's doing free concerts in the living room of their home.

Cooper Wade can be booked as a solo act or with a full band. He specializes in performing at venues conducive to live music but understands limitations. He is available to head-line a show or open up for a larger, more well known act. He is also a perfect choice for those corporate events and, of course, the rodeos and festivals.

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Tue, 28 May 2013 19:41:00 +0000
<![CDATA[National Brisket Day]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/nationalbrisketday/ Today is National Brisket Day; a holiday that gives the king of Texas BBQ the recognition it deserves. Because I’m a brisket enthusiast, I want to give y’all the chance to celebrate this national holiday by saving on Goode’s famous, mouth-watering mesquite smoked brisket. Today only, you can get 10% off all brisket items on our online store with the code BRISKET2013.

Our brisket is made with only the best cuts of USDA beef and is mesquite-smoked before its packed and sent straight to your door. The sooner you order your Goode brisket, the faster you’ll be able to enjoy a tender, delicious slice of it. Share with us on our Facebook page how you plan to spend the holiday and your favorite way to prepare brisket. Happy National Brisket Day, folks. Enjoy. 

 

Brisket

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Tue, 28 May 2013 15:26:05 +0000
<![CDATA[June 21st – Closed 3pm - 9:30pm Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/6-21-13closed/ Tue, 28 May 2013 14:20:00 +0000 <![CDATA[June 15th – Rosehill $8 – www.rosehill-live.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/june15_rosehill_2013/ Rosehill – the charismatic duo comprised of lifelong friends Mitch McBain and Blake Myers – readies the launch of their anticipated sophomore album Crooked Thoughts. Coming off the success of their last disc, White Lines and Stars, the pair has effectively won over the hearts of fans and critics alike. “We have really grown into our strengths over the past couple years,” says Myers. “Crooked Thoughts is a distinct reflection of our combined creative vision and we are very proud of this project.”

On Crooked Thoughts, tracks like “Playing For Pride,” “Shotgun Out Of Town,” and “When The Flame Goes Out” showcase their writing talents and airtight, pristine harmonies. The new album also reflects life’s experiences, which have helped make this a collection of songs they could not have released – until now. “My whole world has changed since the first album,” says McBain. “I’ve gotten married, and we just had our first baby. All of that plays into your emotions when you’re writing a song.”

That sense of ownership spills over into their overall career goals. “We are lucky to be from Texas, where there is such a passion and demand for music. That audience has really embraced us,” says Myers. “However, we feel that our brand of music transcends Texas and with the new album, we hope to achieve that type of success throughout the country.”

Working again with all-star producers Radney Foster and Jay Clementi, Rosehill feels that the recording process for Crooked Thoughts was one that allowed them to branch out sonically and artistically. This album goes hand in hand with who they are musically. “You’re not going to get a better example of us than when you hear the harmonies on this record, and the songs we wrote. This is the record we wanted to make.”

Rosehill has already garnered impressive accolades, including four Top 15 singles on the Texas Music Chart, including the #5 hit, 'Dream It All Over Again'; extensive play on CMT Pure with a #10 spot on the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown; high praise from media outlets like the Dallas Morning News, CMT, E! News, Billboard.com, Lonestar Music Magazine, Best in Texas and the Austin Chronicle. Rosehill has also realized great success in touring over the past 12 months, including performing with acts like Bob Seger, Kevin Fowler, Stoney LaRue, Jarrod Nieman, Aaron Watson, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott and Radney Foster. Venue highlights include Houston Livestock and Rodeo, Ziegenbock festival, BamaJam and the American Airlines Center (Dallas).

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Mon, 27 May 2013 19:35:00 +0000
<![CDATA[June 8th - Stephen Chadwick $8 - www.tonkmachine.com ]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/june8_stephenchadwick_2013/ A lifelong love of country music has shaped Stephen Chadwick into the artist he is today. An artist he proudly describes as …true country. Performing non-stop in the Houston and surrounding areas for many years, Stephen has been introducing a growing number of fans to his version of true country.

Stephen found his love of music at the early age of five while singing alongside his father. From the first time he stepped in front of a microphone, he says he knew this is where he belonged. At age 12, Stephen was singing at various gigs and entering competitions. By the time he entered high school, Stephen was asked to sing lead for a band based out of Columbus, Texas called Colorado. Never feeling like he missed out on normal teenage activities, Stephen used his time with Colorado as a stepping stone for what was to come.

Once Colorado dissolved in 1998, Stephen formed his own band, Stephen Brown and Who’s Next opening for major acts including Chris Ledoux, Ray Price, Darrel Worley, John Anderson, ETC, John Conally and many more. Even though Stephen and the band enjoyed local success and increasing opportunities, a creative void existed that Stephen could not ignore. Upsetting many, he let his band and management go and decided to call it quits for a while to try and figure out who Stephen was and what he wanted.

After enduring four years of playing music selected by others and wearing clothes chosen for him, Stephen got back to basics and started doing acoustic shows around town. He played with a rock bank and sang lead for another local country band while searching his soul for which path to pursue. And after 14 long months, he knew what his heart longed for …true country.

With a renewed passion to write and produce his own music, Stephen took on a new name, Stephen Chadwick. He reunited with his good friends and formed Stephen Chadwick and the Tonk Machine. Stephen along with lead guitar player and co-writer Greg New went right to work writing songs. Performing and working on the first original album has been the priority ever since.

Even though the road he chose hasn’t always been an easy one, Stephen knows he was born to perform country music. With the support of friends and family, Stephen feels blessed for the opportunity to pursue this dream.

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Fri, 24 May 2013 20:21:54 +0000
<![CDATA[June 7th – Closed 3pm - 11:30pm Private Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/6-7-13closed/ Fri, 24 May 2013 14:14:00 +0000 <![CDATA[June 1st - Jake Kellen $8 – www.jakekellen.com]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/june1_jakekellen_2013/ Born in the hometown of Waylon Jennings (Littlefield, TX), Jake grew up in the small farming community of Olton, spending his summers at church camp and on the baseball diamond. Jake credits Camp Blue Haven for his early interest in performing music, because it was there he learned how to play the guitar and sing. Though, Jake enjoyed performing in the annual talent show, his focus remained on becoming a pitcher for the Texas Rangers. The dream of playing professional baseball took Jake to the campus of Lubbock Christian University. When he wasn’t on the field, Jake was playing his guitar. He entertained every dorm hall and house party in town. The attention from his fans out lasted the attention from the big leagues, so in 2003 Jake hung up his glove for his guitar.

With two full length CD's and more than 500 shows under his belt, Jake is a true Texas troubadour with real country roots hailing from the west plains. In 2005 Jake released his first studio album titled Take Me Home. Soon after, many doors opened for the young songwriter. Including, a partnership with Willie Nelson and the Texas Forest Service. Jake joined Nelson and the TFS to promote wildfire prevention around the state from 2006-2008 (Google, “Don't Burn Texas Down”). Following the momentum of the TFS campaign, Jake recorded his sophomore album, titled Grace (2009). Grace provided Jake with two radio singles that appeared on the Texas Music Charts for several weeks (Days of Thunder; Grace).
 
This year, Jake releases his much anticipated third album, titled Heart of Gold. Once again, Jake teamed up with producer Brian McRae, to bring you his best album to date. The CD contains 10 brand new songs, including one of the most talked about songs of the summer, "If Love Was A Road". Original heart felt lyrics backed by some of the best players in country music.
 
Much has changed for the 6' - 2" right hander from west Texas. Jake now resides in Warda, TX with his wife Sarah and their daughter Nathalee.
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Thu, 23 May 2013 20:19:00 +0000
<![CDATA[June 7th – Mandi Powell – www.reverbnation.com/mandipowell]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/june7_mandipowell_2013/ Hailing from a small town west of Houston, Texas, Mandi Powell is a phenomenal voice that has yet to be heard in the small world of singer/songwriters; but don't be fooled - this girl has played numerous prestigious venues in her early time as a singer/songwriter, including the Firehouse Saloon (guest of Andrew Wade Band)in Houston, Texas, Big Texas Saloon in Spring, Texas, and the infamous Hill's Cafe in Austin. 
"I don't remember a time when I was not singing, or did not have an urge to," laughingly says Powell of her lifetime choice to be a singer/songwriter. "I recently saw a video a dear family friend had filmed when I was probably about 5, and even then, I knew I was at home behind a microphone and on a stage." 
Powell has been writing since she was twelve, and most of her works were poems. It was not until the spring of 2009 that she decided to pick up a guitar. "I already had some theory behind me since I was a "band nerd" and a soprano in my high school choir, but growing up, times were tough. My parents really couldn't afford to pay for music lessons, so I joined my school's relatively small music programs. They really paid off." 
Mandi is currently on the brink of finishing her debut album, "Tilt-a-Whirl," under Lucky Duck Records, that is due out in the spring of 2011.

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Thu, 23 May 2013 20:05:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Craw-Wish Recap]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/craw-wish-recap/ I’m proud to share that last weekend’s inaugural Craw-Wish Boil at the Armadillo Palace was a huge success. Friday’s showers created the perfect weather on Saturday for us to boil crawfish for our fellow mudbug lovers to devour.

Upbeat performances by Curtis Poullard & the Creole Zydeco Band and the Derailers set the tone for the event where our guests enjoyed nearly 2,000 pounds of delicious crawfish.

Most importantly, Craw-Wish helped raise thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Chapter. The organization’s lovely volunteers were on site to bring attention to the worthy cause, which I’m honored to support. 

I appreciate y’all coming out to enjoy crawfish and support the Make-A-Wish Foundation last weekend with us. With your help, we’re going to be able to make a young Houstonian’s dream come true.

Don’t worry if you missed 2013’s Craw-Wish Boil because it’s going to be an annual Armadillo Palace event - we already have the 2014 date set!  If you weren’t able to attend this year, be sure to check out the pictures at the end of the post that were taken by Chris Brown. 

If you came to Craw-Wish, let us know what you thought on our Facebook page! I hope to see y’all at next year’s Craw-Wish Boil!

 

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Fri, 17 May 2013 20:04:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Mother's Day Party Packs]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/mothers-day-party-packs/ If you’re still scrambling for ideas on how to spoil your mom this Sunday for Mother’s Day, then look no further because your Goode friends have you covered! 

Throughout the month of May, all Goode Company BBQ locations are offering “Sunday Party Pack” specials. Whether you’re feeding four or fifty this Mother’s Day, Goode Company’s party packs will satisfy any crowd! I do recommend feeding more than four though, because when you purchase any party pack for six or more, any Sunday this month, you’ll receive a free pecan or chocolate cream pie. Here’s our full list of party packs available:

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is all about making the moms in our lives feel special, so whatever you do, make sure the lucky lady in your life knows how much you appreciate her!

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Fri, 10 May 2013 14:25:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode's Craw-Wish Boil]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/craw-wishboil/ Goode’s inaugural Craw-Wish Boil is less than two weeks away! As I mentioned a while back, the Armadillo Palace is hosting its first Craw-Wish Boil benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Chapter next Saturday, May 11th from noon to 4 p.m. rain or shine!

You can purchase your tickets online for $25 pre-sale or for $30 at the door. Craw-Wish tickets include unlimited crawfish and beer, live music from Curtis Poullard & the Creole Zydeco Band and the Derailers, and a guaranteed Goode time.

In addition to the crawfish, beer and music, the Armadillo Palace's kitchen and bar will be open in case folks want to order other food and drinks. Also, my buddy Carlos Hernandez designed awesome Craw-Wish shirts for the event, which will be available on-site for $20.

I’d like to give a special thanks to the Craw-Wish media sponsor, the Houston Press, the radio sponsor, 100.3 The Bull, and PULSE, St Luke’s young professional’s group, for helping to bring awareness for this special event.

Not only will the Craw-Wish boil be fun, but by attending, you’ll be helping to make a local Make-A-Wish child’s dream come true. I hope to see y’all on May 11th at Goode’s Armadillo Palace! Be sure to let us know you’re coming on the event page

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Wed, 01 May 2013 03:09:57 +0000
<![CDATA[National Prime Rib Day]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/national-prime-rib-day/ This Saturday, April 27th, is National Prime Rib Day and in my opinion, any holiday involving meat is one worth celebrating. A lot of folks are intimidated by cooking prime rib, sometimes known as the “king of meats,” but all it takes is a good cut of beef and a few hours of patience.

Out of the different ways to prepare prime rib, my favorite method is grilling. I think it’s the easiest way to prepare the meat, not to mention the most delicious. All you need is a grill, a meat thermometer, seasoning and an 8 to 12 pound standing beef rib roast.

When buying the meat from your local butcher, make sure you request a USDA Choice or Prime standing rib roast with a nice marbling. Prime rib is cut from the primal rib, which is one of the primal cuts of beef, and includes two to seven ribs.

This Saturday is going to be a beautiful day for grilling, so I suggest you get a nice cut of prime rib, a cold Shiner, and get to cooking. Also, be sure to tell us about your favorite prime rib recipe or cooking method on our Facebook page. 

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Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:02:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode Graduation Parties]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/goode-graduation-parties/ Time flies when you’re having fun! May is right around the corner and with it comes the most common time for high school and college graduations. Graduating from high school and college is a huge accomplishment and it should be celebrated accordingly.

I’m sure y’all are well aware of this, but no party is complete without Goode food. Goode Company’s catering services are the perfect addition for any graduation party. If you’re interested in throwing a fiesta for your graduate, check out the Taqueria’s delicious menu composed of fajitas, tacos, queso and our famous empanadas. For a backyard event or more of a country vibe, try serving ribs, brisket, sausage and all the traditional fixins from the Goode Company barbeque restaurants. If your graduate has a taste for swimmers, Goode Company Seafood’s campechana and other coastal fare will satisfy any palate. 

Graduation parties are a time to praise your scholar’s accomplishments and celebrate their future. The most important part of the party is cherishing your time with your loved one before they start a new and exciting chapter of their life. Be sure to contact our catering department to learn more about all of our Goode party options. 

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Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:11:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Spring Cleaning for Grills]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/grillcleaning/ Whether you like it or not, April is the month for spring cleaning. Now I know you’re probably thinking this archaic practice is the pits, but it’s out with the old and in with the new this spring season!

People seem to forget how important it is to clean their grills, and this negligence is one of the main reasons why they wear out. I recommend you brush your grates every time you grill, but here are some other tips to give any type of grill a good old fashioned spring cleaning.

If you have a charcoal grill, you’re in luck because it’s the easiest to clean. With this type of grill, it’s important to clean out the ashes every time you grill and give your grate a long soak in a bucket of soap and water at least once a year.  If the exterior paint chips, just go to your local hardware store and they’ll direct you to the right kind of paint to touch it up. 

Spring Cleaning for Grills

Gas grills are the most labor intensive to clean because you have to take apart each piece before you can get down to business. With a gas grill, before you start, make sure to disconnect the gas. In addition to cleaning the grates, you need to clean the burners below because grease and food gets stuck down there and blocks the flow of gas, creating uneven heat. If you use rocks or ceramic briquettes for grilling, replace them about once a year to ensure the best flavor for your food. 

Stainless steel grills start out as some of the best looking grills, but end up as the dirtiest. They show every fingerprint, drop of grease and everything else that comes with cooking your favorite springtime dishes. With a stainless, in addition to cleaning your grates, you need to buy special stainless steel cleaner and keep the grill covered throughout the year. 

I encourage you to get outside and clean your grill before your springtime shindig. Trust me, your guests will thank you later.  Happy Spring Cleaning! 

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Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:06:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Bluebonnets are Blooming]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/bluebonnets/ It wouldn’t be spring in Texas without our state flower, the bluebonnet. It’s blooming is a tradition in it’s own right and every Texan looks forward to seein’ these blue beauties sprout in late March and early April. You know you’re from the Lone Star State when you have numerous family photos set in a field of bluebonnets and you rubberneck at the first site of a blue bud.

The mesmerizing blossom is native to Texas and was adopted as the state flower in 1901. In the 1930s, the Texas Highway Department began a landscaping and beautification program for bluebonnets, which is why they now frame our state’s highways and roads. A lot of people think it’s illegal to pick bluebonnets, but fear not my friends; it’s perfectly legal according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

While actually pickin’ bluebonnets is legal, there are a few laws that go along with the process of parking to take pictures or look at the flower. As always, you have to follow the basic laws against obstructing traffic, so be careful when you’re slowin’ down on a road and make sure you use your signal! Y’all should know this, but you can’t park on the road or run across lanes of traffic to get to the entrancing bluebonnets.

Though it’s not a law, if you’re from Texas, you should know not to step on bluebonnets and to be respectful of the flower as a common courtesy. Some of the best places to spot the State Flower are Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Waco, Brenham, Ennis and the Texas Hill Country.

Unfortunately, bluebonnets don’t last long. The flower tends to dry out by June, so grab your camera and go revel in their beauty while you can! Happy bluebonnet season, y’all! 

 

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Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:53:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Easter Side Dishes]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/easter-side-dishes/ Easter is this weekend, which means it’s time to start planning your holiday lunch menu! My family and I have an assortment of meat, such as ham and brisket, and a table filled with delicious grilled side dishes for our Easter Sunday lunch.

It wouldn’t feel like Easter in the Goode household without Chipotle Dusted Deviled Eggs. I remember going to the county fair where the ladies from the community competed for the best deviled eggs and you could walk through and taste all the entries for the competition and winner would receive a blue ribbon. These blue ribbon deviled eggs will take you back.

Levi’s Blue Ribbon Deviled Eggs
(Makes 24)

Ingredients:

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled, sliced in half lengthwise
  • ¼ cup homemade mayonnaise or if store bought, I prefer Hellmann’s
  • 2 teaspoons French’s yellow mustard 
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons finely diced chives (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Carefully remove the yolks from the whites, placing the yolks in a bowl. Mash well with fork or run through a sieve.  Add mayonnaise, mustard, salt, vinegar and sugar. Mix with a whisk until smooth.
  2. Place the egg whites on a platter and reserve.
  3. Spoon or pipe the filling back into the egg whites.  Place in airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Just before serving, lightly dust the smoked paprika over the eggs and sprinkle with chives. (Garnishing in advance will stain the eggs.)

While the deviled eggs are delicious, an Easter ham is incomplete without a starch to balance the meal, and this recipe for grilled creamers with garlic, bacon and rosemary is the perfect accompaniment. Creamers, also called C-size potatoes, are a variety of potatoes that are harvested in the early stages of their growth, before they mature, keeping them small and tender.

Grilled Creamers

  • 16 1-inch Yukon Gold, Red, or new potatoes, scrubbed
  • ¼ cup olive oil, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped garlic
  • ½ cup chopped bacon, cooked until just before crispy
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

  1. Cut the potatoes in halves or quarters, depending on size. In a large heatproof mixing bowl, toss with olive oil and salt.
  2. Heat grill to medium.
  3. Pour potatoes onto a hot, oiled grilling grate or grill-top wok. Grill potatoes until they begin to brown. Using a grilling glove, dump the potatoes back into the mixing bowl.
  4. Add bacon, rosemary, garlic, black pepper and salt to taste. Place back onto grilling grate or wok and continue to cook until browned and garlic is fragrant.

Now you need something green and healthy to add some extra flavor to your lunch plate. My recipe for grilled asparagus with lemon and Texas olive oil goes with just about any entrée.

Simple Grilled Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound asparagus, medium size
  • 2 tablespoons Texas extra-virgin olive oil½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lemon
  • Skewers

Directions:

1. Set up the grill for direct grilling over medium heat.

2. Remove and discard the tough bottom of each asparagus spear by holding each end and bending it gently until it snaps at the natural point where the tough part ends and the tender part begins. Throw away the tough end.  Rinse the asparagus spears with water and pat dry with a paper towel.

3. Spread the asparagus on a large plate. Drizzle the olive oil over the top and sprinkle with salt. Turn the spears until they are evenly coated. Next, lay 4-5 spears next to one another  and skewer just below the tops and again 1” from the base of the stalks to hold together. The skewers that work the best will be slender bamboo or metal ones. Toothpicks will also work fine, if you’re in a pinch. You will end up with a “plank” of asparagus.

4. Grill the asparagus (perpendicular to the grate) over direct medium fire for 2-4 minutes per side. Squeeze lemon juice over asparagus and serve warm or at room temperature.

With your Easter menu set, all you have left to do is prepare the food and enjoy it with your loved ones. What is your family’s favorite Easter tradition? Tell us on our Facebook page, or tweet us! Happy Easter, y’all! 

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Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:33:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Recappin' Rodeo]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/recappin-rodeo/ The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo may be over, but the memories of the past three weeks are still fresh on my mind. I made the most of the biggest Rodeo on earth and I hope y’all did too. If you’re like me, this Rodeo season you ate a lot of traditional fair food (although I could never find that bacon cotton candy I heard so much about), checked out the livestock, enjoyed the carnival and even attended a few concerts.

As per tradition, Goode Company had a food booth in the concessions section of the Rodeo, which is always a great experience. I love being able to share my family’s barbeque with thousands of folks every year at this event the way we’ve been doing it for more than 35 years.

This year, some of the Goode Company team got an inside look into the Rodeo because one of our employees, Rachel, was very involved in what seemed to be every aspect of the three-week extravaganza. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, she got to take part in the famous trail ride. Not to mention, Rachel met the talented Bruno Mars and even Bull Rider Dalton “Boss” Votaw. Check out her pictures below to see her adventures during Grand Entry.

I have to admit, I’m already missin’ the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I love the excitement and the feeling of the old West it brings to the city. Only one more year until the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – but who’s counting? 

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Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:40:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode Company and Make-A-Wish Foundation®]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/make-a-wish-intro/ An organization I hold near and dear to my heart is the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, which is the world’s largest wish-granting organization. The foundation is based on the mission is that “Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity share the power of a wish®.” It began in 1980 and since then has made the wishes of more than 230,000 children with life-threating medical conditions come true all over the world.

The organization makes thousands of kids’ wishes come true every year, and I think the work they do for young ones fighting illnesses is unbelievable. To help them make more wishes come true, I’m hosting a crawfish boil this spring to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. 

Goode Company’s Craw-wish Boil benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Chapter will be held at the Armadillo Palace on May 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. We’ll be having all the fresh crawfish you can eat, drinks and live music to raise funds for this amazing organization. Not only will you be having fun, but also you’ll be doin’ it for a good cause.

I’ll be giving y’all more details on this event once we get into April, so keep checking our blog and the Armadillo Palace’s Facebook page. If you’d like to learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® or make a donation, visit their website

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Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:16:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Spring Break Around the Lone Star State]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/springbreak/ Spring break is right around the corner for many Texas students! Because kids are used to such fast paced lives these days, this week of freedom can sometimes leave them feelin’ bored. Luckily, Texas is the [second] biggest state and there’s plenty to do around here to keep busy.  I’ve listed some of my favorite vacation spots around the Lone Star State that are perfect for spring break trips. 

Austin – This eclectic city has something for everyone to enjoy! Though it’s known as “The Music Capital of the World,” families, history buffs, wine connoisseurs, music fanatics and art lovers will all feel at home in Austin. The city’s website even has suggested tours for visitors based on their interests.

New Braunfels – Ah, good ole’ New Braunfels. As the home of Schlitterbahn and the Comal River, this is a great city to have some fun in the water! Although Schlitterbahn isn’t open yet in March, floating the Comal River is a leisurely yet fun activity for the whole family. 

San Antonio – This town is packed with history and flavor! From the River Walk to the Alamo, you’ll stay busy in the “Alamo City!”  Not to mention, Texas’ favorite amusement park, Fiesta Texas, will be open during spring break.

Galveston – If you love the beach, then Galveston Island is the spring break destination for you! Not only are the beaches great, but you can enjoy fishing, shopping at the Historic Downtown District known as “The Strand,” fresh seafood and much more. Also on the island is Schlitterbahn Galveston (now open on the weekends!) and Moody Gardens, a favorite attraction that is made up of three pyramid museums.

Gruene – This town offers some of the best honky tonkin’ and live music in the state at the historic Gruene Hall. Also in Gruene is the Guadalupe River, which is the Southern most Trout stream in the Northern Hemisphere. This river is perfect for fly fishing and like the Comal, is another great body of water to float.

Now that I gave y’all some suggestions, it’s time to pack your bags, load up the car and get out there to enjoy your spring break across Texas. 

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Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:22:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Texas Independence Day]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/texas-independence/ This Saturday is a very special day in the Lone Star State because it’s Texas Independence Day! If you’re from around here, you know that this day brings out enormous pride in every Texan. For those of y’all who aren’t familiar with the holiday, let me explain: it’s the anniversary of the day Texas got its independence from Mexico.

 

Texas’ road to independence began with the launch of the Texas Revolution on October 2, 1835. The revolution came as a result of longstanding cultural and political differences between Texas and Mexico and it lasted for about six months. During this time, numerous battles took place, one of which being the famous Battle of the Alamo, and there were more 3,300 causalities and losses. On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed by 60 delegates to officially separate the state from Mexico and create the Republic of Texas. We commemorate this day to remember what our ancestors had to go through for Texas to break from Mexico’s control. 

 

In Houston, we’re lucky because Texas Independence Day is always during the Rodeo and it’s the perfect way to celebrate. One of Goode Company’s very own took place in the Trail Ride last week, a Texas tradition that kicks helps to kick off the Rodeo season. The ride was established in 1952 to bring awareness to the Rodeo and now it’s a custom that attracts thousands and recreates the feeling of the Old West.

You can’t have a present or future without a past, so this Texas Independence Day, I encourage you to remember where you came from and thank your lucky stars if it’s Texas.  

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Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:00:57 +0000
<![CDATA[It's Rodeo Time Y'all]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/rodeo2013/ I bet all Houstonians can sense that there’s something extra special in the air right now. There’s a sense of tradition, history and excitement brewing, and that’s because the 81st Annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially kicks off tomorrow. The 2013 Rodeo season will officially begin on Thursday afternoon with the beloved “World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest” at Reliant Park. (Known more simply to locals as the “Cook Off.”) The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world’s largest livestock show and richest regular-season rodeo. For more than 80 years, it’s been attracting folks from all over the country to revel in its glory.

Nothing is better than Rodeo season, and this year, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. It can be a hassle actually getting out to the Rodeo, and that’s why the Armadillo Palace is now staying open 7 days a week during the Rodeo season. They have also partnered with Houston's only jitney, The Wave, to bus Armadillo Palace patrons to and from Reliant Stadium every day during the Rodeo: from Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, March 17.

For only a $20 round trip, Rodeo-goers can start and end the day celebrating at the ‘Dillo. We’re offering $10 buckets of beer for Wave riders, and have brought in a new dance floor that’s perfect for dancing the night away. We’re offering a slew of live shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, including some of the best Texas acts the Armadillo Palace has ever seen, including Two Tons of Steel, Jesse Dayton, Gary P. Nunn, Dale Watson and more.

The Armadillo Palace is the perfect pre-party and late-night spot for the Rodeo. If you’re interested in joining us at the ‘Dillo to ride The Wave, view our pick-up and drop-off schedule and purchase tickets at http://rodeowave.eventbrite.com/. You can also contact The Wave at 713-863-9283 and check out or full music lineup on the Armadillo Palace’s Facebook page

I hope to see y’all in your best boots at the Armadillo Palace this Rodeo season!

 

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Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:19:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Celebrate Valentine's Day the Goode Way]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/valentines/ Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s Day is almost here. Now I know this isn’t the most popular holiday, but it’s a day that a lot of us have to celebrate. I don’t dislike Valentine’s Day because I celebrate it in my own way.

In my opinion, you should do what you want for Valentine’s Day. It’s not about living up to that red and pink, sappy, expectation. It’s a day about love, plain and simple as that.

My favorite way to celebrate V-Day is to cook a big meal for my wife. I like to prepare something special every year for her, like “Texas Bourbon” Brined Pork Chops. I’m a firm believer that the way to a person’s heart is through food. My wife and I like to keep it simple on Valentine’s Day: Good food, cold beers, and our each other’s company.  If you’re still looking for the perfect meal to grill for your Valentine next Thursday, then try this pork chop recipe:

 

“Texas Bourbon” Brined Pork Chops

 Ingredients:

  • 4 thick cut pork rip chops
  • 1 bottle of Goode Company Game Marinade

Brine

  • ¼ cup Garrison Bros. Texas Bourbon Whiskey (if you can’t find it, just substitute a premium bourbon)
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorn

Directions:

  • Combine the bourbon, salt, brown sugar, garlic, and peppercorns in a large pot, with 1 cup of water. Heat on stovetop to dissolve sugar and salt. Cool to room temperature. Once cooled, add the remaining 3 cups of cold water and stir to mix well.

Pork preparation:

  • Rinse pork chops well, and pat dry with paper towels. Place pork chops into a re-sealable plastic bag and add brine. Brine for at least 4 hours and up to overnight (the longer, the better).

Grilling Directions:

Fire – medium direct, two zones

  • When fire is ready, pour Goode Company Game Marinade into a saucepot with lid and slightly warm over grill until needed.
  • Place the pork chops onto the hot, oiled grill and brown on both sides until slightly firm to the touch. The internal temperature should be 160°F on instant read thermometer when placed sideways into the chop.
  • In the last few minutes of cooking, use a long handled basting brush to glaze the chops with marinade. Wait until almost done grilling before adding to keep the sugars from burning.
  • Serve – with a napkin, of course.

 Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all, and remember, it’s not that bad! 

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Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:29:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Celebratin' the Big Game]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/superbowl/ This Sunday marks the biggest day of the 2012 football season: Super Bowl XLVII. Even though we can’t cheer for our Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 3rd, we get to watch a battle of East Cost versus West Coast as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers. Also known as the “Harbough Bowl,” this year’s Super Bowl marks the first game with opposing head coaching brothers (John Harbaugh of Baltimore and Jim Harbaugh of San Francisco). I bet their mama is nervous for this match-up!

When it comes to the Super Bowl, cuisine and atmosphere are just as important as the team’s playing. Everyone knows this game is an excuse to enjoy extravagant amounts of delicious, salty, perfectly satisfying food, and more specifically, meat, while surrounded with your friends. Of course barbeque is ideal for any occasion, but it’s especially delicious when accompanied by football. The Goode Company Kirby location is offerin’ 10% off Party Packs from now until February 17th - just in time for your game day gathering!

To serve your guests something that will not only satisfy their hungers but also quench their thirsts, prepare meat shot glasses filled with bacon infused vodka or Bloody Mary’s. These ground beef cup shaped snacks are not only mouthwaterin’, they’re also practical! 

If you want to create a Super Bowl feast that’ll give your friends somethin’ to talk about for years, then I suggest you build a football stadium out of meat.  Yep folks, that’s right: a football stadium fashioned out of brisket, hamburgers, sausage, ribs and condiments. The two pictures below are nice examples of just how beautiful piled meat can be. 

 

Whether your Super Bowl celebration is big or small, tame or wild, traditional or unique, the important thing is to enjoy yourself! Good luck to the Ravens, the 49ers and all of the commercials! We’ll be seein’ you Sunday, boys. 

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Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:19:40 +0000
<![CDATA[National Pie Day: A Salute to the Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/pie-day/ I’m pleased to inform y’all that this Wednesday is National Pie Day! This is a holiday worth celebratin’, because as you know, Goode Company has the best pecan pie not only in Texas, but in the entire country.

The award-winning Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie recipe was first perfected by my grandmother decades ago, and boy did she know what’s Goode.  Our pecan pies have been made the same way ever since and we take pride in one of its most important ingredients: tradition. Brazos Bottom Pecan Pies are still handmade every morning with the freshest, most natural ingredients. The pie’s heavenly balance of sweet and savory is sure to satisfy anyone’s palate.

What I like most about the pecan pie is that it’s more than just a dessert; it’s a taste of Texas. From athletes to politicians, movie stars to foreign dignitaries, folks from all over the nation have enjoyed the Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie and savored a slice of the Lone Star State. Like the custom branded wooden box the pie comes in says, “You might give some serious thought to thanking your lucky stars you’re in Texas,” and after one taste, you will.

To celebrate National Pie Day, I’d like to offer y’all 20 percent off your online order of the Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie. Just use the discount code "PIEDAY13".

This Wednesday, salute the Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie by either orderin’ one online or comin’ by a Goode Company location to enjoy a slice with us. Happy National Pie Day, my friends.

P.S. If pecans aren’t your thing, we’ll also be servin’ our delectable chocolate cream pie.

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Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:34:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Camping Time in Texas]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/camping/ Now that it finally feels like winter in the Lone Star State, I recommend you to take advantage of this crisp weather and explore the great outdoors. One of my favorite things to do when Mother Nature decides to cool off Texas is to go camping.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website has a long list of state parks that are the perfect setting for you to let out your inner frontiersman and enjoy a weekend camping trip. Some of my favorite campsites around Texas are the Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, Brazos Bend State Park in Needville and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg.

When packing for your camping trip, make sure to bring a tent, sleeping bags, warm clothes, hiking boots, rainwear, lots of water, a lantern, matches, a backpack, rope, cooking tools and anything else you think you’ll need. Real Simple has a detailed camping packing checklist that’ll help you get ready for your expedition!

When you make it to your campsite, it’s just a rule of being a Texan that you have to be adventurous. When I’m camping with my family, we like to backpack, hike, go fishing or rock climbing, bird watch (we always look for our state bird, the Mockingbird), star gaze, and of course, sit around a roarin’ campfire at night. 

A campfire is key to a good camping trip. Startin’ one is easier than you think. Once you’re on your campsite, gather some small twigs, dry leaves or needles, small sticks and a few larger pieces of wood. Next, pile the twigs, leaves and needles in the center of a fire pit and add the smaller twigs on top in a crisscross shape, then ignite it with your matches. When the fire grows, add your large wood pieces to keep it goin’!

After you have a cracklin’ fire ready, you can start cooking some Goode food! Roast a couple links of Goode Company sausages over the flame and then enjoy the meat by itself or cut it into smaller links and sandwich between buns to enjoy as hotdogs. Warm up Austin baked beans or roast cobs of corn over the fire for savory side dishes. And of course, you have to have s’mores for dessert!

Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website to explore more campsite options and to learn more tips for camping in our beautiful state! Get out there and enjoy nature, the cooler temperatures and the people around the campfire with you.  Have fun, y’all! 

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Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:35:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Texans Playoff Time]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/texans-playoffs/ Well y’all, it’s a very special time in Houston because our Texans are in the playoffs! The boys shook up Reliant Stadium last Saturday and beat the Bengals 13 to 19 in their first game of the playoff series. Now they’ll continue on the road to the Super Bowl XLVII and take on the Patriots in New England Sunday at 3:30. This is going to be one heck of a game! I suspect y’all will be watching, so I’d like to share some tips on how to have the best watch party possible.

You folks probably already know this, but libations are essential to having a fun party. Personally, I like to serve frozen margaritas with Patron or go all out and get a keg to chill in my kegorator for my guests. Two of my favorite brewers are Saint Arnold and Shiner, and let me tell y’all, their beers are even more delicious (if that’s even possible!) from a keg.

Now let’s talk about food. You can’t watch football without it, and we have the Goode stuff. When I have friends over for a game, I choose to prepare things they can eat with their hands. Some of my favorite snacks are slow smoked ribs, chips with queso and guacamole, build-your-own brisket sandwiches with jalapeño cheddar bread, nachos, sliced sausage, empanadas and pecan pralines. Just make sure you have napkins ready, because these finger foods can get messy. When my buddies come over for games, I buy both food and napkins in bulk, because those guys have rather large appetites and even larger spills.

If you want a prime example on how to throw a party, take notes from our Ultimate Watch Party winner, Chris. This weekend, he’s planning a party for the Texans game using his contest prizes: a kegorator and The Pride of Sam Houston Meat Package, which includes brisket, ribs, two types of sausage, jalapeño cheese bread, BBQ sauce and a pecan pie.

I hope y’all have fun watchin’ the game Sunday and cheerin’ on our Texans! And don’t forget, if you’re not up for having your own watch party, head on over to the Armadillo Palace where the TV’s are big, the drinks are cold and the company is Goode.

Watch out, New England, because the ‘Bulls are on Parade!’

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 22:46:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Here's to 2013]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/to-2013/ Happy New Year, y’all! I can’t believe 2012 is already comin’ to a close, but I guess time flies when you’re having fun. This year was one of the best because it was spent celebratin’ Goode Company’s 35th anniversary.

We kicked off our 35th anniversary celebration with the Texas Tour, a contest where fans were given the chance to win a trip to a Texas town and experience it with me the “Goode” way. During a nine month period, I got to take six different fansfrom all over the country to Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Gruene, Round Top and Houston.

The tour’s final stop in Houston also marked our blowout 35th Anniversary Party at the Armadillo Palace. It was one heck of a party! Billy Joe Shaver performed, we had outrageously Goode food, signature libations, a cigar rolling station, plus special surprises for our guests like a magician! It was so special to be able to celebrate 35 years of success with my family and friends and it’s a night that I’ll never forget.

Also in 2012, I had the opportunity to dine with Owen Daniels and I attended the 24th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbeque in Nashville, which is the world’s most prestigious BBQ contest.

But to be honest, the best part of the year was the fact that I got to do what I love to do every day, and that’s serving the highest quality, most delicious food to y’all - my Goode friends. I thank my lucky stars each night because I have the best job and customers around.

Here’s to the New Year! I hope y’all have a safe and fun celebration and let’s make 2013 a Goode one. 

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Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:26:00 +0000
<![CDATA['Tis the Season]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/holiday-greetings/ Season’s greetings from the Goode family! I hope y’all are having a wonderful holiday and takin’ in all the greatness this time of the year brings.

I’ve always loved Christmas, there’s just something extremely magical about it. Growing up in the Goode household, we had a lot of Texas holiday traditions. Santa wore a cowboy hat, of course, and you know we the best Christmas dinner in town. Now as a father of three, it’s even more special to be able to share those same traditions with my kids.

I speak on behalf of the entire Goode family when I say we’d like to wish you and your families a warm and happy holiday that’s filled with lots of laughter, food and love. Savor the moments you get to share with your loved ones and enjoy the blessings of the season.

Happy Holidays, friends. 

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Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:46:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Win an Ultimate Football Watch Party]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/ultimate-football-party/ In case y’all didn’t know, I’m a pretty big football fan. I got the chance to dine with Owen Daniels a few weeks ago and in light of the holiday and football spirit, Goode Company has decided to host a contest over on the Goode Company Facebook will give one lucky winner the key ingredients for the Ultimate Football Watch Party.

Each week there will be a chance for you to enter to win a top of the line kegorator and a Goode Company BBQ Pride of Sam Houston Meat Package through our Facebook page! If you aren’t familiar with the kegorator, then let me enlighten you: It’s a refrigerator with a tap for your keg, making your beer cold, carbonated and on tap. As we all know, beer goes perfectly with Goode meat. The Pride of Sam Houston meat package includes brisket, ribs, two types of sausage, jalapeño cheese bread, BBQ sauce and a pecan pie. That’s enough food to feed about 18 to 20 of your nearest and dearest.

To enter the drawing for the perfect watch party, all you have to do is “like” or comment on the selected tailgating photo on the Facebook page.

Good luck, y’all, and may the best fan win! 

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Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:49:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Takin' Care of Your Party Hosts]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/host-gift/ One of the best parts about the holidays is getting together with family and friends, old and new. There’s just somethin’ about this time of the year that brings everyone together. I bet y’all will be attending a few parties this month, and take it from a true Texas gentleman, it’s not polite to show up to someone’s house empty handed. The Goode Company Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie is the perfect host or hostess gift and it will sure make them glad they invited you into their home!

Always a crowd pleaser, our pecan pies are made every mornin’ with fresh ingredients, including all natural Texas pecans. The combination of sweet and savory in our decadent pie is out of this world! A Goode Company nine-inch pecan pie in our signature, collectable pine gift box is more than a dessert, it’s a memory maker. For decades the Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie has been bringing people together to share a slice of Texas all over the nation. You can order a pecan pie and have it delivered right to your doorstep, or even have it shipped as a gift to the host’s house!

This holiday season, make yourself the host’s favorite guest by giving them a Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie. While you’re at it, I suggest orderin’ one for yourself and your family too. It would just be unfair and plain ol’ mean if you didn’t. 

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Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:23:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Lookin' for the Perfect Holiday Gift?]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/holiday-gift-ideas/ Well folks, now that it’s December, it is officially the holiday season! It’s time to put a wreath on the front of your truck, hang stockings on the fireplace and start your holiday shopping. The end of the year is always exciting, but sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re playin’ Santa Clause and have a long list of people to find the perfect gift for. If you need help shopping for gifts that are sure to please, you’re in luck because the Goode Company online store has something for everyone!

For the chefs and scholars in your circle, we have cookbooks that can turn any Yankee into a Texas BBQ master and even a few books about our beautiful state.  My personal favorites are Legends of Texas Barbeque Cook Book and Deep in the Heart of Texas.

Goode Company’s line of cookin’ tools, such as grill utensils and baskets, grilling gloves, serving trays, mesquite wood smoking logs, knives and much more, are all flame-tamed, smoke-certified and are gifts that will keep on givin’. All our cookin’ tools are the highest quality you can find and can stand the heat of Texas grillin’.

Shopping for those who like to dress to impress? Goode Company has aprons and a line of signature apparel for men and women! When I’m cooking, you better believe I have on my
"Thank your Lucky Stars" apron!  And for those days when your 10 gallon hat is feelin’ a bit heavy, we have trucker hats for you in an assortment of styles.

Let’s not forget our gift boxes such as our Texas Style Coffee Break, Uncle Joe’s Secret and Goode Company Three Sauces. We also have gift cards so people can pick whatever they’d like from our online store or treat themselves to a dinner at one of our Goode Co. restaurants.

Whatever it is you’re shoppin’ for, let your Goode friends help you relieve some of the stress of the holidays. Make sure to treat yourself to somethin’ from our online store too! Happy shoppin’ and even happier holidays, y’all! 

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Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:55:00 +0000
<![CDATA[24th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbeque]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/jack-daniels-invitational/ The world’s most prestigious BBQ contest! Only the best-of-the-best compete here; this ain’t no place for amateurs. Teams have to win a state championship with at least 25 teams or a competition of 50 teams simply to enter the blind drawing of all eligible teams.   Just a few teams qualify with automatic invitations, including the Grand Champion from Houston’s World Championship Bar-B-Que (Motley Que Crew).

   

Thursday

Arrived in Nashville with a hearty appetite and a hankering for some good food.  Morgan Weber of Revival Market had recommended City House, so I headed out for some bourbon and food sampling (might as well do as the natives do in whiskey country). City House has a wood-burning oven (and I discovered just how popular these ovens are in Tennessee) and an in-house charcuterie.  I highly recommend the salami!

Headed out to investigate music venues in downtown Nashville, where no trip is complete without a visit to Tootsie’s.  Checked out the music there and moseyed on over to Robert’s Western World.  Between the two, I heard some great June Carter-esque music and enjoyed a strong set from a Portland band.

 

Friday

With temperatures hovering in the mid-50s, the drive to Lynchburg was quite a change of pace from Houston.  Traveled through rolling hills punctuated with glimpses of leaves changing to their fall colors. 

The Jack™ is steeped in tradition, not the least of which is that all BBQ judges must be certified through the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).  

Let me tell you, it’s serious business.  The four-hour seminar covers everything from general information (e.g., “Take small portions. If you eat one ounce of each sample, you could consume nearly two pounds of meat before you are finished judging.”) to the scoring system (a scale of 2-9 for appearance, tenderness/texture and taste) and the judging process. Mike Lake, PhB, guided the prospective judges through the rules and standards of KSBS judging.

The pre-competition events continued.  A parade of teams was led by a high school marching band, moving from Wiseman Park to the town square and on to the visitor center.  Locals lined the parade route, relaxing in their lawn chairs and enjoying the pageantry.

After the intensive KCBS seminar, there was a party for judges and contestants. 

The well-attended soiree on Barbecue Hill probably included some 600 people, all treated to some Jack Daniel’s samples and music from country music artist Keith Anderson.

 

One of the trip’s highlights was a house party hosted by 81-year-old Horace Wiser.   

Terry Koch, director of the Texas Social Club, invited me to this laid-back, down-home reunion.  Judges and KCBS folks reconnected and enjoyed the Wiser’s hospitality.  Horace’s wife was a secretary at Jack Daniel’s for 46 years, so she knows—and welcomes—everyone. 

This small town of 316 people swelled to more than 25,000 when the teams, judges and fans converged in Lynchburg.  More than 70 American and International teams competed for the coveted Grand Champion title.

 

Saturday

Finally, it’s the big day.  The parade, Jack Dash 7-Mile Run and 5-K Run/Walk (benefiting Moore County High School Project Graduation) are but distant memories as it’s time for the cook-off to start.  Okay, we might have snuck in one more morning event; the judges gathered and signed one another’s aprons. 

I’ll be proudly displaying my apron with signatures from some of the most recognized names in BBQ (such as Famous Dave and Paul Kirk).

There are multiple categories to be judged:  Sauce, U.S. Teams, International Teams, Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butts, Beef Brisket and Dessert.  You eat with your hands—no silverware allowed.  Also, the rules only permit wood or charcoal; no gas-fired pits here. 

My judging team included Alan Brouilette (a writer), Diane Hampton (executive vice president of Memphis in May International Festival), Kelly Sutton (Nashville TV anchor) and Stretch (Kansas City artist, sculptor, restaurateur and TV personality). 

In the International competition, we judged some unusual, but tasty, food.  Puff pastry with seafood velouté.  Smoked beef short ribs with scalloped potatoes.  Cubed pork sandwich with curry.  Beef stew served in a pumpkin, smoke billowing from its coals. 

For the Chicken category, each table had six judges and one captain.  All entries had to be in Styrofoam containers and were evaluated on appearance, portion, taste and garnish. (Garnish on BBQ?  Yes, indeed.)  White meat, dark meat, combo—it was all good.

St. Louis and baby back ribs were featured in the Pork Rib competition.   We focused on appearance, taste and tenderness, then moved on to the Pork Shoulders/Butts.  Both the Tennessee and Carolina styles were represented with pulled pork, bark and sliced loin. 

The Beef Brisket?  Umm…not Texas-style.  ’Nuf said.

There was a little more latitude in the Desserts category. We sampled a pumpkin pie cheesecake and a Jack Daniel’s Lane Cake, a traditional Southern cake layered with a nut mixture.

When all was said and done, Pig Skin BBQ from Rockwell, Iowa, was named Grand Champion. The team received $5, 000, the chance to return in 2013 to defend its title and the all-important bragging rights as best-of-the-best.

Whew!  Time to grab a little rest before heading back home to Houston.  Stayed at Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel where Food/Beverage Director Matthew Mangold treated me to a sampling of Jefferson’s Presidential Select 18-year Bourbon.  The hotel’s President Bar has a barrel of this ultra-rare, ultra-premium bourbon.  Smooth, with lots of character and body.

Continuing with the theme, I paid a visit to Whiskey Kitchen and enjoyed the extensive bourbon selection (available in “flights”) and food from the wood-burning oven.

 

Sunday

Reflecting on the trip, I received a great education.  The next time I compete in a BBQ competition, I’ll be looking at it from the judges’ perspective, not just that of a competitor.  Don’t know if it’ll affect the outcome, but seems like a good learning tool for future competitions.

Just like you’d expect from the South, the hospitality was outstanding. I have special memories and some new friendships from the trip.  It was an honor to be a part of The Jack™ and experience all of the tradition and pride associated with the competition.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t say thanks to my buddy, Michael Berry, who got me connected with the Jack Daniel’s folks.

One of the biggest take-aways?  I’m now a KCBS certified judge.  Hope it leads to opportunities to judge at some other competitions.  I’d enjoy the exposure to other styles and the chance to meet good people with a passion for all things BBQ. You know, I fit right in. Makes me feel right at home.

      

 

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Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:13:00 +0000
<![CDATA[The Goode Kinda Monday]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/cyber-monday/ The holidays are here once again and we here at Goode Company want to do something extra special for all of you guys. On Cyber Monday (November 26) we’ll be offering up hourly discounts on some of your favorite items straight from the Goode Company Store.

You might be askin’ yourself, how do I get these great discounts? Well, it’s easy. Just head over to the Goode Company Facebook page on Monday, November 26 starting at 8am and each hour, on the hour, we’ll share a unique promotional code that you can use in our online store. We’ll give you one code that will only be good for that hour and we’ll keep ‘em coming until 6pm. Sign up for our newsletter and you’ll get a secret insider code at 7am to start your Monday off right.

What kind of discounts will we be offering?

 Well, the items will change each hour and you’ll have to check the Facebook page to find out, but I can tell you- they’re goode and only offered once a year! A little birdie told me that we could be offerin’ up discounts on our Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie in a Wooden Box, or discounts on some of our famous meat packages and other gift sets that might make great holiday gifts to those near and far.

 You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out! Have a GOODE Thanksgiving y’all

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Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:23:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Bringin' it home to Houston]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/anniversary-party/ As you know, we’ve been celebratin’ our 35th year in business here at Goode Company and what an amazing 35 years it has been. None of our success would have been possible without support from you, our loyal fans. 

To celebrate all year long, we kicked off our Texas Tour back in March. Six lucky winners were selected and we sent each one of them on a weekend getaway to a city that we think shows what livin’ in Texas is all about. From our state capital, also known as the “live music capital of the world” to the Stockyards in Fort Worth, and to Antique Week in Round Top, our winners saw it all.   

At the beginning of this month we chose our final winner, Miss Kathryn Clark, and invited her to come on home to Houston. Kathryn got cozy at Hotel ZaZa and enjoyed a personal cocktail tasting at Anvil Bar & Refuge. While she was in Houston she also had the chance to enjoy a tour of Saint Arnold Brewing Company and eat a lot of GOODE food, but that’s not all. Miss Clark got an exclusive invite to our 35th Anniversary Party at the one and only, Armadillo Palace.

We invited some of our closest family and friends for a party that will not soon be forgotten. Mr. Billy Joe Shaver provided the crowd live entertainment that really got everyone out of their seats and what better way to show your guests a good time than with some goode food! From the raw oyster bar, chicken and pork tamales, and a fire-roasted pig for late night pork tacos, to the fresh avocado bar and hand-passed hors d’oeuvres including bacon wrapped quail - we made sure no one went home hungry. 

And trust me, no one would forget about those drinks. In addition to our normal selection of aperitifs, we debuted a brisket-infused bourbon for a Goode take on the old fashioned. Guests also sipped on fresh strawberry margaritas and watermelon-infused vodka cocktails.

Don’t think we sent folks home empty handed! We had renowned local artist Carlos Hernandez on hand to make commemorative posters screen-printed with none other than our own Goode Company Barbeque Sauce.  Our friend, Leonard from Hight Cigar was rolling cigars onsite and friends took home goode memories with pictures from our photo booth.

Goode food, Goode entertainment, Goode Company, Goode memories - that is how we chose to celebrate 35 years. 

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Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:28:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Gearin’ up for the Holidays]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/goode-holiday/ It’s that time of year again – when everyone starts husslin’ and bustlin’ in preparation for the holidays. We can already smell the pecan pie baking everywhere we go around here!

This holiday season, we here at Goode Company want to make your celebration is stress-free. Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and spendin’ time with your family and we want to make sure you do just that! But we can’t forget about the turkeys and pies you wait all year for! This is where we come in.  Order those turkeys now and have them in time for the holiday. Get out of the kitchen and spend more time visiting with your loved ones.

Heading to that that annual company party, or family gathering? We want to make sure you’re the talk of the town. Since no one likes showing up empty handed, we suggest a pecan pie in a wooden box and a Pure Texas Gift Box for the party host!

Whatever the occasion is, we are here to help! From gifts for that homesick Texan, to catering your soiree around town, we can even deliver a Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie right to your doorstep. We’re here for YOU and look forward to another holiday season together. 

 

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Fri, 09 Nov 2012 22:16:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Texas Tour is Coming Home to Houston for its Final Stop]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/texastour-finalstop/ We’ve conquered five great cities in the Lone Star State and now we are brining it home to Houston for the last stop on our Texas Tour. It’s been a great run and we couldn’t have thought of a better way to celebrate 35 strong years!

Our final winner will receive an exclusive invitation to our 35th Anniversary Party at Armadillo Palace the first weekend of November.  This party will be one of the biggest and best yet, because let’s be honest, everything is bigger in Texas.

Not only will our lucky fan gain access to this exclusive event, but they’ll also get to explore some favorite historical highlights on a Bayou Twilight Tour. But, that’s not all we have up our sleeve. From a cozy hotel stay at one of Houston’s finest hotels, Hotel ZaZa, a tour of the Saint Arnold’s brewery, and dining at some of Houston’s best eateries - we’re can’t wait for our final winner to get here!

Now all that’s left to do is select our winner. Will it be you? Register through our Facebook page before October 22 for your chance to win. 

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Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:52:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Nothin’ like a Goode Antique Weekend ]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/texastour-roundtop/  We spent last weekend in Round Top, Texas with our fifth Texas Tour winner, Kristen, and let’s just say, the small town didn’t disappoint. Tens of thousands of buyers flooded Round Top during one of two annual Antique Weekends.

Upon arriving Kristen and her mother-in-law got settled in at the historic Round Top Inn, but didn’t spend too much time gettin’ cozy, with such a big night ahead.  We had dinner plans at Royer’s Café, a quaint restaurant with room for no more than 40 people.  Royer’s has a little something for everyone as  “a Texas country bistro serving gourmet country food.” 

 After dinner, we were off to the Junk Gypsy Company Junk-o-Rama Prom. Here we got to hang with the band and Kristen danced the night away, in true country style.  Can you believe this was all just day one?

The rest of Kristen’s Round Top weekend was spent shopping among the antiques with her mother-in-law. They had a full day of collecting and admiring everything from jewelry, to art, even chairs and clothes.  Although we can’t tell you how much they spent, we will say the dynamic duo walked away with some great steals!

 

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Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:46:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Texas Tour Saddles Up After San Antonio]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/san-antonio/

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The Goode Company Texas Tour has saddled up and left good ole San Antone’, which means we’re already gearing up for our next stop, and the Texas Tour is halfway over. Along the way we’ve helped 3 winners experience some of our great state’s most historic cities, and we’re doing the same for 3 more!

Our San Antonio sweepstakes winner was Cory Shapiro from Arizona. He was able to experience one of Texas’ finest cities by just liking us on Facebook – Can ya believe that? Keep reading to learn how he spent his time in San Antonio, the 3rd fastest-growing city in America and the 7th largest U.S. city.

Cory thoroughly enjoyed his stay at the historic Menger Hotel. Yes it might be haunted, but Cory didn’t see any ghosts or ghouls during his stay! While Cory was in the city he had the pleasure of receiving an in-depth tour of the famous Pearl Brewery, complete with local farmer’s market experience. After his trip to Pearl Brewery, Cory took a behind the scenes private tour of the Culinary Institute of America campus. He was pleasantly surprised by how large the grounds were! He and his guest then dined at the CIA’s new restaurant, NAO, which is student-staffed and valuable to guests who are wanting to try new world flavors.

Other experiences worth an honorable mention include a visit to the Alamo, a riverboat tour along the infamous River Walk, and spare time for Cory to enjoy the rich history of the city.

As the Texas Tour keeps rolling, August will be here in no time and it’ll be time to select our 4th winner. They’ll be spending an entire weekend in Gruene, Texas, from August 10 – 12 to celebrate our 35th anniversary.

The sweepstakes is already open so make sure you head over to the official Goode Company BBQ Facebook Page and sign up to have the chance to win a trip to Gruene with Goode Company as your official tour guide!

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Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:46:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode Goes to Cowtown on Texas Tour]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/goes-to-cowtown/

Click here for more photos from their weekend.  

All is well on the Goode Company Texas Tour, as it continues to roll into some of the most historic Texas cities, and some of my favorite spots. We recently wrapped up our stop in Fort Worth, Texas, and will soon be hitting the road, this time to San Antonio.

Our April sweepstakes winner, Jessica Roberts, had a great time in Fort Worth; she traveled in from Baton Rouge to experience some of Cowtown’s best.

Jessica brought a guest along for the ride and there are plenty of pictures to bring back to her friends and brag about the Texas hospitality.

They stayed at the Historic Stockyards Hotel and danced the night away at the famous Billy Bob’s, while meeting Sons of Fathers backstage before their concert. They were able to catch The Big Race, Samsung Mobile 500, up close! It was definitely a trip for the ages and Jessica said she would be back in the Lone Star State soon.

Fort Worth is a special place to my family and me. As Texans I think we can all be appreciative of what this city, so rich in history and Texas culture, has given us. Fort Worth became the center of the famous cattle drives in the 19th century, as millions of Texas cattle were driven north through Fort Worth. We’re so proud of the tradition and quality from Cowtown, which inspired us to only use Texas cattle for our beef recipes. So make sure to check out my Mesquite Smoked Brisket instructions on our website, for your own cattle drives.

Make sure you don’t miss out on our next stop on the Goode Company Texas Tour. Enter to be the next winner as we bring the “Goode” times to San Antonio, June 8-10.

Head over to the official Goode Company BBQ Facebook Page and sign up to have the chance to win a trip to San Antonio with Goode Company as your official tour guide!

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Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:34:30 +0000
<![CDATA[First Stop on the Texas Tour, Austin]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/first-stop/

Click here to see more photos from their trip.

The first stop on the Goode Company Texas Tour was Austin, “The Live Music Capital of the World.” We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 35th anniversary than by showing off the capital of our beautiful Lone Star state. 

We brought Elizabeth and her fiancé to town during SXSW Festival, and boy were they surprised by the masses! When they needed a break from all the madness, they got cozy at The Mansion at Judges’ Hill. This particular hotel dates back to 1846 when the land was sold to a man named Adam Maag. 

My family and I are no strangers when it comes to Austin, especially when live music and Texas brewed beers come into play. We love a good night on the town, and were happy to see that Elizabeth was thoroughly enjoying herself. They ate oysters and crawfish, saw a live show by Bob Schneider at Threadgill’s, and the little lady was even fitted in her own pair of custom-made Allen Boots. You can see the rest of their pictures from the weekend here.

Fort Worth, or better known to us as Cowtown, is where we’ll be sending our second winner on the Texas Tour. Filled with rich history and succulent heffers, we hold the town close to our hearts, and want our next winner to feel that.

Interested in visiting a Texas town? Visit our official Facebook Page and click on ‘Texas Tour Sign-up’ to test your chances and possibly win a spot on the Texas Tour.

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Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:14:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode Company Celebrates 35th Anniversary with 2012 Texas Tour]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/35th-anniversary/

Six Texas towns, nine months, and six winners -- We're celebrating our 35th anniversary and giving you the chance to embark on a "Texas Tour" with Goode Company as your tour guide.

Throughout 2012 we'll be giving our Facebook fans the opportunity to experience Texas the "Goode" way. We've selected six towns with true, Texan hospitality and we'd like to show you just how much these places mean to us.

From Austin to Gruene, to good ole San Antone', one winner and a guest (if they choose to invite someone, that is) will get the chance to truly experience Texas, and learn our connection with the towns we hold dear to our heart. We'll provide the accommodations, travel vouchers, and a comprehensive list of our favorite stops along the way.

Are you ready for this once in a lifetime chance? If you said yes, go ahead and 'like' Goode Company BBQ on Facebook and click the 'Texas Tour Sign-Up' to enter into the sweepstakes. We'll be selecting one Facebook fan as the winner for each promotional month, and those months are:

-- Austin, Texas: March 16-18

-- Fort Worth, Texas: April 13-15

-- San Antonio, Texas: June 8-10

-- Gruene, Texas: August 10-12

-- Round Top, Texas: October 5-7

-- Houston, Texas: November 9-11



See you around the Lonestar state!

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Thu, 06 Sep 2012 05:43:43 +0000
<![CDATA[National Chili Day 2012]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/chili-day/

Today is a great day for meat lovers nation-wide because it's National Chili Day! Pull out your pots and pans, turn the heat up, and get to celebratin' this fine, fine day. Whatever you do though, just don't forget the cornbread!

Here's a chili recipe that I think you'll really enjoy.


Levi Goode’s Ol’ San Antone Chili

The "San Antonio Chile Stand", in operation at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, helped people from other parts of the country taste and appreciate chili. San Antonio was a significant tourist destination and helped Texas-style chili con carne spread throughout the South and West.[1]

During the 1880s, brightly dressed Hispanic women known as "chili queens" began to operate around Military Plaza and other public gathering places in downtown San Antonio. They appeared at dusk, when they built charcoal or wood fires to reheat cauldrons of pre-cooked chili. They sold it by the bowl to passersby. The aroma was a potent sales pitch; mariachi street musicians joined in to serenade the eaters. Some chili queens later built semi-permanent stalls in the mercado (local Mexican market).

In September 1937, the San Antonio Health Department implemented new sanitary regulations that required the chili queens to adhere to the same standards as indoor restaurants. Unable to provide lavatory facilities, the queens and their "street chili" culture disappeared overnight. Although Mayor Maury Maverick reinstated the queens' privileges in 1939, the city reapplied the more stringent regulations permanently in 1943 [see footnotes].


Ingredients:

2 T Bacon drippings

2 1/2 cYellow onion-Medium dice (1/2” pieces)

1 ½ tsp Fresh ground black pepper

1 ½ tsp whole comino seeds that have been toasted and ground

2 tsp Salt

2 T Garlic minced

1 qt Beef stock (low sodium)

3 T Pure New Mexico Chile Powder (availble at HEB Central)

1 T Pure Ancho Chile Powder (availble at HEB Central)

2 T Fresh oregano chopped

½ tsp Fresh lemon juice

2 T masa harina (Ma Seca brand preferred, available in ethnic section of grocery)

2 LB. Beef-top sirloin-coarse grind or hand cut

2 LB. Lean Pork butt- coarse grind or hand cut


Directions:

Render bacon in pan and reserve drippings.

Heat 2 T bacon drippings over medium high heat until pot is coated. Add your diced yellow onion and fry until the edges of the onion start to turn clear and soften, do not brown, add garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add pork and beef to the pot along with black pepper, salt and cominocook until meat is browned. Mix in pure chili powders. Add beef stock and bring up to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Skim off any excess grease with ladle. Adjust salt to taste, add fresh lemon juice and fresh oregano and continue simmering for 10 more minutes.

Folks, you now have a great pot of "Goode" Texas Chili!



Robb Walsh. The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos. New York: Broadway Books, 2004. [A very knowledgeable and very well-written "food history", including a long chapter on "real" chili, chili joints, and the San Antonio chili queens.]

Frank X. Tolbert. A Bowl of Red: A Natural History of Chili con Carne. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1966. [Much of the material in this book originally appeared in the author's newspaper columns in The Dallas Morning News beginning in the early 1950s.]

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Thu, 06 Sep 2012 03:00:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Entertaining on Super Bowl Sunday 2012]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/super-bowl-sunday/

This Sunday, February 5, is a bittersweet day for football lovers across the country. On one hand, it is the greatest day in sports and entertainment, paired with feasting, friends and hopefully some good commercials. On the other hand, it is the end of another sports season, leaving us longing for next year, and hopefully giving the Texans another shot at the playoffs.

I am not alone in my undying love for Super Bowl Sunday.

  • -- An average of over 20 million Americans attend a Super Bowl party each year
  • -- On average over 100 million homes in America will watch the Super Bowl
  • -- 29 million pounds of chips will be consumed along with 8 million pounds of guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday
  • -- During Super Bowl Sunday Americans will consume 50 million cases of beer(That’s enough beer to fill Lucas Oil Stadium halfway up!)
  • -- America’s beer tab for Super Bowl Sunday 2012 will equal $10.8 billion (That’s equivalent to purchasing ten B2 Stealth Bomber military airplanes)

True to my Texas roots, deep love for delicious food, and in celebration of the biggest night in sports entertainment, here are some of my favorite recipes that will be a bigger hit at your Super Bowl party than those unforgettable commercials! If you’re in Houston, check out our Goode Game Party Packs for your last minute Super Bowl Sunday needs.

Buttermilk & Blue Cheese Dipper (Yields 3 cups)

This great sauce reigns in the flame on my chipotle fired wings and also is a great dip with raw vegetables and crackers.

Ingredients:

2 cups buttermilk

¾ cup blue cheese (Get a good one, there’s a difference)

1 garlic clove - crushed

¼ cup green onion - sliced

½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Salt to your liking

Directions:

Crumble blue cheese and place in mixing bowl. Add buttermilk and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pepper and green onions.


"Real-Deal" Chile con Queso (Yields 6 cups)

Now I know this may stir a hornet’s nest, but this side of the Rio Bravo (also known as the Rio Grande) and all the Tex-Mex goodness that Queso beholds-the base ingredient that keeps it all together is easy melt cheese, such as Velveeta or the like. This is real Texas comfort food; it’s what makes the bell ring for the Pavlovian dog in all of us Texans when we think of our favorite Chile con Queso. Now that that’s been said, here’s my version of this classic Tex-Mex recipe.

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (if handy, substitute 1 Tablespoon with rendered bacon drippings - adds to richness)

¾ cup white onion - small diced

3 cloves garlic - crushed

3 fresh jalapeños roasted, peeled, seeded and diced (or 1 small 4 ounce can roasted, diced green chiles)

1-16 ounce block of easy melt cheese, 1” cubes (such as Velveeta)

1-14 ounce can of Carnation evaporated milk

2 cups cheddar cheese - grated

¾ cup of your favorite salsa

¼ teaspoon cumin

Tortilla chips

Directions:

Heat the oil over medium heat in a sauce pot. Once the oil begins to shimmer add the onions and sauté until they begin to soften. Add garlic and peppers and continue to cook until garlic becomes fragrant. Add easy melt cheese and 1cup of evaporated milk and whisk until smooth. Turn heat to a low simmer. Whisk in cheddar cheese one handful at a time, making sure it is smooth before adding the next handful. Fold in salsa with a wooden spoon and add cumin. Adjust Queso consistency with reserved evaporated milk to your liking. Serve with warm tortilla chips. If you really want to do it up: Serve alongside guacamole and picadillo or ground beef taco meat. They make great toppers on a big bowl of this Queso.


Chipotle Fired Chicken Wings (Yields 3 dozen wings)

I think wings are the most underrated part of the “yard bird”. The bone to meat ratio keeps the wings nice and juicy and when they are spiced up right and crisped up by direct talking to by your backyard grill, they become a delicacy that will keep the beer and good conversation flowing for hours. My recipe delivers a double dose of flavor with pre-game seasoning, and then tossing in a fiery finishing sauce.

Ingredients:

2 pounds chicken wings

2 pounds chicken drumettes

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil


Chipotle Chicken Rub:

2 Tablespoons Chipotle powder

1 Tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon ground coriander


Fired up Wing Sauce:

½ cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce

1 teaspoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon cumin

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce

2/3 cup melted butter


Wing preparation:

Trim any excess skin or fat from wings and drumettes. Rinse under cold water and dry thoroughly with paper towels. (The removal of surface moisture from the wings is a secret step to getting the skin crispy on the grill.) After your wings are nice and dry place them in a large mixing bowl and toss with vegetable oil. Then sprinkle evenly with my Chipotle Chicken Rub. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare your fire.

Wing sauce preparation:

Mix hot sauces and spices together in mixing bowl, slowly whisk in melted butter. Mix well right before tossing with wings. Prepare a medium fire on your backyard grill. Let coals burn down to have a nice white ash cover. Stoke fire and spread into an even layer. Grill wings over medium fire until juices run clear and completely cooked. Toss with wing sauce and serve with carrot and celery sticks and Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dipper (see recipe provided).

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Thu, 06 Sep 2012 02:20:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Tried & True Thanksgiving Recipes]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/thanksgiving-recipes/

The holidays are always a fullfiling time of year, especially when it comes down to the cooking. Like many other cooks in the family, I'm constantly coming up with recipes that are sure to please the family, each and every year. I have three Thanksgiving recipes -- Jalapeno Cheese Bread Dressing, Homemade Green Bean Casserole, and Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole -- that have graced our Thanksgiving feast for quite some time now. I'm sharing these recipes with you in hopes that your family can enjoy them as much as mine does.

 

 

Jalapeno Cheese Bread Dressing
with Pan Sausage, Toasted Pecans and Cranberries (Serves 10-12)

This dressing captures the great flavors of the fall season and is perfect alongside our Mesquite Smoked Turkey on your Thanksgiving Table, Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Jalapeno Cheese Bread ½” cubes (Available at Goode Co. BBQ or online at GoodeCompany.com)
  • ½ lb fresh sausage, without casings (available from your local butcher)
  • 2 TBL unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 2 TBL rendered bacon fat
  • 2 c medium diced onions
  • 1/2 c green bell pepper-medium diced (1/4 inch)
  • 1/2 c celery-medium diced (1/4 inch)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp Goode Company Creole seasoning
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, medium pieces
  • 1c dried cranberries roughly chopped
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 c chicken stock or low sodium broth, as needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

To make the dressing: preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place cubed bread on a baking sheet and into oven for 15 minutes, shake pan to turn pieces and place back into oven for another 10 minutes until bread is slightly dry on the edges, set aside to cool. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees. Heat bacon fat in a heavy bottomed skillet on medium heat, add the fresh sausage and break with the back of a wooden spoon until browned turn sausage into bowl. Add butter to the pan along with onions, bell pepper and celery stirring occasionally until the vegetables are crisp tender. Add garlic and Creole seasoning stirring until fragrant and add the reserved sausage back to the pan and stir until mixed in with vegetables. Turn the vegetable mixture into a large mixing bowl. Fold in the bread, cranberries, and fresh herbs. Fold in chicken stock a ¼c at a time until the mixture begins to come together and is moist. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Lastly fold in beaten eggs.

Place the dressing into a buttered 13x9 pan, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for 15 minutes until a golden crust is formed.

 

 

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

This version of the classic brings in a homemade “mushroom soup” and crispy fried onions that takes it over the top!

Ingredients:

Green Beans:

  • 2 lb. fresh green beans cleaned and ends removed
  • 4 strips smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 c diced yellow onion
  • 2 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tsp creole seasoning
  • 4 c chicken stock or broth

Homemade “mushroom soup”:

  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)
  • ½ c AP flour
  • 2 ½ c chicken stock or broth, (if using store bought get low sodium)
  • 2 ½ c heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 c fine diced onion
  • 2 c cleaned cremini mushrooms, fine chopped
  • 1 ½ c sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (Black Diamond is my favorite)
  • 1 ½ c yellow cheddar, grated

Crispy onion topping:

  • 2 c very thinly sliced boiler onions to make rings
  • 1 c AP Flour
  • 2 tsp Creole seasoning to season flour

Beans:

  • Render bacon pieces in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until softened. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add the green beans and chicken stock. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for approximately 30-40 minutes until beans are tender. Strain and reserve cooking liquid and beans.

Directions:

Crispy fried onions: Heat oil in a large skillet until itreaches 350 degrees. Toss ¼ of onions in seasoned flour, shaking off excess flour. Gently fry in batches until golden and crispy. Using a slotted spoon or skimmer remove onions from pan and turn onto a paper towel lined plate. Repeat process until all onions are fried.

For the sauce: Melt 4 tbl of butter in sauce pot over medium high heat until it the foam subsides. Add mushrooms and sear until the mushrooms get nice and browned and the mushroom liquid has evaporated. Add onion salt, pepper and thyme and cook until the onion has softened. Add chicken stock and reduce until there is only about ¾ cup of stock remains. Melt the remaining butter in a sauce pot over medium heat until foam subsides, whisk in flour and continue to cook until blond roux is formed you will be able to smell the flour cooking. Add the mushroom mixture to the pan and whisk in cream. Simmer and whisk in handfuls of white cheddar cheese until it is fully incorporated into the sauce and it coats the back of a spoon. If it gets too thick whisk in a ¼c at a time of the bean cooking liquid until the right consistency is achieved. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

Assembly: Preheat oven to 350, butter a 9x13 casserole dish. Turn the sauce, green beans and yellow cheddar into a large mixing bowl and toss until combined. Turn the green bean mix into the casserole dish and bake until bubbly 20-30 minutes. Add the crispy fried onions and bake an additional 15-20 minutes until onions are golden brown.

 

 

Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole
with a Southern Praline Crust (Serves 8-10)

This is my version of great a recipe my sister-in-law has been holding out on me for years. This dish will ensure you get your daily allowance of sweet potatoes on Turkey day, guaranteed!

Ingredients:

  • 4 c sweet potatoes that have been peeled, quartered and boiled until tender.
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ½ c heavy whipping cream
For the praline crust:
  • ¼ lb butter, unsalted (1 stick)
  • 1 c light brown sugar
  • ½ c all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ c medium chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 2 quart casserole dish. Place cooked sweet potatoes into a countertop stand mixer with the whisk attached. (substitute a hand held beater and a large mixing bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer.) On low speed, mix in the butter, sugar and cream and vanilla until incorporated and smooth. Add eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. Turn the sweet potato mixture into a buttered casserole dish and spread evenly. Mix the praline topping well until the butter has softened and sprinkles easily. Spread out an even layer of the praline topping and place into the oven on top rack and bake until the crust has formed and is bubbly about 30-45 minutes. Cool to set crust before serving.

 

 

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Thu, 06 Sep 2012 02:11:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Starting a Campfire]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/starting-campfire/

The weather is finally cooling off down in Texas, and there’s nothing more relaxing than a good old-fashioned camping trip. The most essential part of any camping trip is the fire, and without it you’ll be wishing you were back in your bed at home. Here are some helpful tips on how to start your campfire fast and efficiently:

• First off make sure that fires aren't restricted at your campsite. Areas affected by drought or dry seasons may be under "no-burn" restrictions. Follow local ordinances and restrictions. Avoid starting a fire in dry areas or high winds.

• Always have a bucket of water close by before you begin, in case of an emergency.

• Use the fire pit that the campground has provided.

• Clear the area surrounding your pit of dry leaves, pine needles, twigs and other combustible materials.

• Gather up your choice of dry wood, paper and split branches.

• Place the small branches or wood so that they form an inverted cone, or teepee shape.

• Add enough small branches so that the structure supports itself, but leave a small opening to place twisted paper, leaves and a handful of dry twigs.

• Light the twisted paper so the small twigs and branches catch on fire.

• Once the fire has been started, you can then begin adding more wood to the fire pit.

I hope these simple tips help you on your next camping trip, and enjoy!

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Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:42:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Tailgating 101]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/tailgating/

With football season in full swing, there isn’t a better time to talk beer, burgers and your favorite team. I’ve been to too many tailgates over the years to count, and while they are a lot of fun, they can be a lot of work.  Here are some tips from me to you to help you have a successful tailgate.

• Make a list and check it twice. No need to re-invent the wheel every time you tailgate. Use this tailgate as an opportunity to make a checklist and laminate it so that can be used again in the future. 

• Make a list and check it twice. No need to re-invent the wheel every time you tailgate. Use this tailgate as an opportunity to make a checklist and laminate it so that can be used again in the future. 

The 4P Principles. Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Take time to create a timeline, plan your menu, and make a preparation list of food that you'll be bringing out to the tailgate. While I always recommend that anything on the smoker, grill, or propane burner be prepared before hand on-site, there are many recipes that you can prepare in your home and bring out to the big game. 

• Food-safe latex gloves. This is one thing that I swear by. Whether you are stacking charcoal in your grill or handling fresh meat, it is always a great idea to keep your food safe and use gloves. Replace gloves as needed to maintain a clean environment. If you have trouble finding gloves, you can order online.

• Get there early and plan on staying late. You have invested a considerable amount of time by planning for your tailgating event, so make sure you take time to enjoy it! This will tip will also help you avoid traffic in and out of the game.  

• Sanitize Bucket. Go to your neighborhood hardware store and get a 5 gallon bucket with lid.  Fill bucket with 4 gal of water and 2 caps of bleach.  Place some of your cotton clean up towels in the bucket and take out to your tailgate.  Use as needed to clean off work areas.

• Freeze your water bottles. If you’re tailgating in weather like we have down here in Texas freezing your water bottles serves a dual purpose.  They make great ice packs for keeping your food and beverages cool.  Take bottles out as needed and let the sunshine melt ice away. 

• Large storage containers. It’s always good to be organized before and after the party.  I’m a believer in making sure everything you bring out to the tailgate has a home coming and going.  Large storage bins will take your tailgate to another level.

• Have your food ready early. Plan on having all of the food ready at least 2 hours before kick off.

• Music and playlists. Not much else sets the spirit of a tailgating party than have a carefully selected playlist playing on your outdoor speaker system. Take some time to put together your favorites.  

• Always buy too much in the beverage and ice department. I picked up this advice from a good friend of mine and have never run into trouble with a tailgate by sticking to these two cardinal rules. Bring an extra cooler dedicated to clean ice, and use as needed. 

• Paper and disposables are a must. Trash bags, paper towels, heavy duty zip locks, heavy duty foil and disposable foil pans for holding food off the grill are always helpful. Don’t forget the plates, insulated cups and utensils!

• Get to know your neighbors. You will always have more in common than you know. Tailgating is a sport in its own right! It’s always fun to team spirit, tailgating ideas, food and drinks with one another. 

I hope my tailgating tips help you enjoy some great tailgating in your near future. I have included a few of my favorite tailgating recipes to enjoy on game day.




Levi’s Blue Ribbon Deviled Eggs (Makes 24 pieces)

Ingredients:

12 hard-cooked eggs, peeled, sliced in half lengthwise (see recipe below) 

¼ cup homemade mayonnaise (see recipe) or if store bought, I prefer Hellmann’s prepared mayonnaise 

2 teaspoons French’s yellow mustard 

¾ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons white vinegar

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoons sugar

2 Tablespoons finely diced chives (for garnish)

 

Directions: Place the egg whites on a platter and reserve. Carefully remove the yolks from the whites, placing the yolks in a bowl. Mash well with fork or run through a sieve.  Add mustard, mayonnaise, salt, vinegar and sugar. Mix with a whisk until smooth. Spoon or pipe the filling back into the egg whites.  Place in air tight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, lightly dust the smoked paprika over the eggs and sprinkle with chives. (Garnishing in advance will stain the eggs.)

 

 

Homemade Mayonnaise (Makes 1 cup)

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 cup vegetable oil or other neutral flavored oil

2 large egg yolks

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

¾ teaspoon salt (to taste)

 

Directions: Whisk together yolks, lemon juice, salt and mustard in a medium bowl once mixed well use a measuring cup with a spout and drizzle in the oil in a thin steady stream whisking continuously until incorporated. Adjust salt and lemon juice if needed. Note: This can also be done in a food processor you may need to scrape the bowl and make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended before adding oil through the feeder tube.

 

 

Goode’s Game Day Chili (Serves 12 – 16)

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Bacon drippings

2 1/2 cup Yellow onion-Medium dice (1/2” pieces)

1 ½ teaspoons Fresh ground black pepper 

1 ½ teaspoons whole Comino seeds that have been toasted and ground 

2 teaspoons Salt 

2 Tablespoons Garlic minced 

1 quart Beef stock (low sodium)

3 Tablespoons Pure New Mexico Chile Powder (can find at HEB Central)

1 Tablespoons Pure Ancho Chile Powder (can find at HEB Central)

2 Tablespoons Fresh oregano chopped

½ teaspoon Fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons masa harina (Ma seca brand preferred, can find in ethnic section of grocery)

2 pounds Beef-top sirloin-coarse grind or hand cut 

2 pounds Lean Pork butt- coarse grind or hand cut

 

Directions: Render bacon in pan and reserve drippings. Heat 2 Tablespoons of bacon drippings over medium high heat until pot is coated. Add your diced yellow onion and fry until the edges of the onion start to turn clear and soften, do not brown, add garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add pork and beef to the pot along with black pepper, salt and Comino cook until meat is browned. Mix in pure chili powders. Add beef stock and bring up to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Skim off any excess grease with ladle. Adjust salt to taste, add fresh lemon juice and fresh oregano and continue simmering for 10 more minutes.

 

 

It’s a Bloody Mary Morning…… Bloody Mary (Makes approximately 1-gallon)

Ingredients:

4 to 24 ounce cans tomato juice

½ cup Worcestershire 

½ cup soy sauce

2 cups orange juice

1 Tablespoon horseradish

1 Tablespoon kosher salt

1 Tablespoon black pepper

½ teaspoon ground cumin (toasted and ground is best if you’re able to)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoon celery salt

1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon cayenne

½ cup coca cola

Premium Vodka (see directions)

Garnish - pickled green beans, pickled okra, lemons and limes 

 

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a 1-gallon container and mix very well. It’s best to let the flavors marry overnight if possible. Fill tall glass with ice and 2 ounces premium vodka of choice. Garnish with lemon and lime squeeze and a pickled green bean or okra. This works for game day well if it’s a noon or one o’ clock game. Plan on building a Bloody Mary bar having different flavored vodkas available with garnishes and let everyone build their own to their liking!

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Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:22:52 +0000
<![CDATA[My trip to San Antone' for the Foodways Texas Benefit]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/my-trip/

Two Thursdays ago I headed to San Antonio, TX, for the Foodways Texas annual board meeting and Benefit sponsored by The Culinary Institute of America; Foodways Texas (known as FTX to the insiders) is an organization I’m committed to, and also helped found. We’re a diverse crowd made up of Texas scholars, chefs, journalists, restaurateurs, farmers, and ranchers that have come together to preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas. (Some of my previous blog posts have more about FTX and my connection with them).

For lunch, I stopped at Chris Madrid’s for the infamous “Macho Burger,” a ½ lb. patty with cheddar cheese and jalapeños, an old school skillet burger. It’s a down home type of no-frills place, and I noticed that Chris Madrid also started his business in 1977; the very same year we opened up Goode Company Bar-B-Que on Kirby. After lunch, I had some time to burn before our board meeting, so I went to the Alamo. Walking around the grounds, I felt lucky and glad to be from Texas.

My next stop was at The Pearl Brewery, which is now filled with restaurants, shops and is also a gathering place for The Culinary Institute of America. The Pearl was fully operational for roughly 118 years until late 2001, when Kit Goldsbury decided to redevelop the 22-acre area. My first order of business was to attend the Foodways Texas board meeting.

My next stop was at The Pearl Brewery, which is now filled with restaurants, shops and is also a gathering place for The Culinary Institute of America. The Pearl was fully operational for roughly 118 years until late 2001, when Kit Goldsbury decided to redevelop the 22-acre area. My first order of business was to attend the Foodways Texas board meeting.

After the board meeting, there was an FTX Benefit sponsored by The Culinary Institute of America. The menu, “Texas Immigrant’s Dinner,” included dishes that represented the various cultures of Texas settlers. Among the chefs were:

- Andrew Weissman of Il Sogno & Sandbar  
- Tan Nguyen of Central Market, San Antonio
- Jason Dady of The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills
- Rebecca Rather of Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe
- Jesse T. Perez, Consultant for Alamo Cafe
- Steven McHugh of Luke
- Elizabeth Johnson-Kossick of The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio

We congregated outside at communal tables for dinner. I had the opportunity to visit with Molly O’Neill, keynote speaker of the Benefit, writer for the New York Times, and publisher of a cookbook called “One Big Table: Portrait of American Cooking.” She's traveled more than 500,000 miles around the United States visiting small towns – backwoods type of places – collecting stories and recipes from diverse individuals and cultures, which led us to a conversation about hamburgers. This is where Jim Gossen, Louisiana Seafood supplier, added his angle on how a hamburger patty should be prepared. After we all put our two cents in, we agreed that our individual preferences and beliefs about The Hamburger is something deeply rooted in our childhood up-bringing.

There were a few more places I wanted to check out on the Riverwalk before the night was over. I've heard good things about The Esquire Tavern, so that was my next stop.

The Esquire opened in 1933 to celebrate the end of Prohibition, and has plenty of Texas history engraved in its roots. One of their signature drinks that they're known for is a Moscow Mule, which they serve in a copper cup. 

Here’s the recipe for the Moscow Mule:

- 1 half lime
- 2 ounces vodka
- 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer

My next stop was the SoHo Wine & Martini Bar where I visited with Lufty, the owner of this fine establishment. We started talking Barbeque which, unbeknownst to me, was a natural step into him sharing his latest invention with me – a smoked brisket and sausage infused Bourbon. Lufty makes a mean cocktail, and he was right on target with my preferences.  

I ended the night at Mi Tierra Restaurant, where the sound of Mariachi music filled the room. It was a great way to end a wonderful day in the old streets of San Antone’.

If you’d like to learn more or become a member of Foodways Texas, please visit www.foodwaystexas.com for more information.

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Wed, 05 Sep 2012 08:36:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Billy Reid's Annual Shindig]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/shindig/

I'm a little late on updating y'all on a great week-long road trip I took in June to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to cater a party for Billy Reid’s Annual Shindig. Billy Reidis a clothing designer with a shop and anchor store housed in a great old southern building in downtown

Florence, Alabama.  Billy Reid has retail stores throughout the south and in NYC. You can take a look at his collections at www.BillyReid.com. Billy is a southern gentleman that appreciates good food, drink and music so we hit it off years back as he was getting his Houston store open and we've been friends ever since.  I pulled together some of my old buddies (A.K.A The Band) to make the journey with me.  Here's how it went...

The week started out in New Orleans and then on to Cocodrie for some good southern Louisiana Gulf Coast fishing. My Goode buddy Bear Evans lives in Houma just down the road from the fishing camp where we stayed. Bear showed us some good ol’ southern hospitality and rolled out the red carpet for us while we stayed on the coast. We fished out plenty of red snapper and trout that day but didn’t realize at first that we were going off shore that day…I guess you could say we were a little less than prepared for the five to seven foot seas. One of the band members had a little trouble hanging onto his breakfast (not mentioning any names) so his “chumming” could be the sole reason for our surge of snapper in less than 30 minutes.

Of course if I get within 200 miles of New Orleans, I’ve got to have an “overnighter” there for good measure because it’s one of my favorite cities to visit.  It's good to see New Orleans' quick rebound since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  In New Orleans we hooked up with my new good friend Mitch for a great dinner at Jacques-Imo's Cafe, www.jacquesimoscafe.com. We stuffed ourselves on alligator cheesecake, fried chicken, paneed rabbit and mirliton with fried oysters and a tasso hollandaise.  All the while, the familiar tunes of the Rolling Stones, James Brown and Pink Floyd filled the air.  The alligator cheesecake was out of this world! If traveling to NOLA, Jacque-Imo's is a MUST stop.  We continued our great tour of the local hangouts off Frenchman street and took in some great music.  Mitch owns one of the oldest bars in NOLA and I guess by a rite of passage we had to have a little Absinthe.  Absinthe is a wormwood liquor that was consumed by the masses in NOLA back in the 1800s. It was banned for 100 years but the ban was lifted recently, allowing producers to distill it again.  I’ve gotta tell you that when in NOLA, stop by Jean Lafitte’s and try it out!

On Friday, we continued on to Muscle Shoals, Alabama for the kick-off of the weekend shindig.  Billy has a great historic home right smack dab in the middle of Florence, Alabama where he threw a backyard BBQ catered by Jim and Nick's out of Birmingham.  The party continued with live music and bourbon slushes (click HERE for the recipe!) at their storeand several musicians performed.  The weekend was a mix of media, musicians and New York types...Naturally, we fit right in!

Saturday, the party started at noon on the lake.  The house where the party was held was located right on the Tennessee River with a resort-style pool and stage for the great musicians that played throughout the afternoon. I brought my Texas-Style street taco bar with me and Goode Company's own Margarita mix master Alex (A.K.A. El Diablo) from our Goode Company Seafood Katy Freeway location. 

Call him “El Diablo” next time you stop by and you'll get a good smile out of him. 

We spent the afternoon shaking margaritas and grilling Al Pastor, fajita and duck over mesquite.  The party was going to be 50-75 people but swelled to about 200!

It was all hands on deck at that point in time! Good thing I was traveling with some of my buddies that have plenty of "on the spot" kitchen know-how from their own experience in the restaurant bidness. We fed these hungry people from 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM until all of our rations were gone! I got a call from a guy in Dallas that was at the party and wanted to know if we would bring the taco set-up to Dallas for a party he is having--we just might have to get the band back together! A big Texas thanks to Billy Reid, K.P. and Jake for treating us like royalty while we were there!

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Wed, 05 Sep 2012 07:17:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Larry the Cable Guy Visits Goode Company]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/visits/

Tuesday, June 7, at 8:00 p.m., Goode Company BBQ is featured in a segment on The History Channel’s “Only In America” starring Larry The Cable Guy. Larry spent a day with Levi last year at Goode Company BBQ on Kirby Drive, learning about the history of brisket, amongst other things. You’re sure to see some familiar faces and have a few laughs

Be sure to tell your friends and tune in June 7!

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Wed, 05 Sep 2012 06:43:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode Grilling for Memorial Day]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/memorial-day/

Summer is almost here and being that it’s National BBQ Month and Memorial Day weekend, it’s a perfect time to line up all the necessary tools and equipment you’ll need for a successful cookout. Here is a list of what I consider to be your essential grilling tools:

Essential KITCHEN TOOLS

Wide Spatula - For flipping burgers, chicken pieces and vegetables.

Chimney Charcoal Starter - This is a quick and easy way to get your charcoal lit without having to use lighter fluid or handle stacking your charcoal.

Long Handled Tongs - I stress long handled here. The further the distance between your bare skin and the live fire, the better.

Meat Fork - Although I don’t recommend piercing meats when it is on the grill a large meat fork comes in handy when handling whole birds or carving a piece of meat.

Grill Brush - Get one with brass or stainless steel bristles. You will want to get one with a long handle so you can brush while fire is going. Some grill brushes come with replaceable brush heads and I like those the best.

Sauce Pot with Lid - Heat resistant and break resistant for holding finishing sauces or marinades to baste during the grilling.

Basting Brush - Basting your meat in the grill is a great finishing touch that adds a little additional flavor and depth to your grilled meat. I recommend a long handled basting brush with bristles that will hold a good amount of the finishing sauce you are basting on without burning the brush.

Landing Plate - Heat resistant and shatterproof for taking your foods off the grill.

Disposable Pans - They work great and for easy clean up for bringing meat to and from the grill.

Digital Thermometer - I like two different types of thermometers. The digital instant read type that will allow you to get a snapshot reading. My favorite when grilling or smoking larger cuts of meat are the type that has a probe that can be left in the meat and has a braided wire that runs outside the grill to a digital display and allows you to access the temperature throughout the cooking process without raising the lid.

Grilling Grate - This is a metal perforated plate that typically will have a rolled edge to make retrieving food easier. They are designed for cooking small or fragile foods like vegetables or fish. It allows smoke and fire to come in contact with the food without worrying about food falling through the grill grate.

Long Handled Lighter - Always handy around the grill for lighting your charcoal or the occasional cigar.

Small Shovel or Garden Hoe - To spread coals around for a 1, 2 or 3 zone fire.

Barbeque Gloves - There are many gloves that are heat resistant and will protect you against burning your hands when getting the grill ready, or during the grilling process. I suggest leather or the insulated mitt types.

Spray Bottle - I like to keep a spray bottle with water close in case I need to tame the fire from flare ups.

Skewers - They come in all shapes and sizes, metal, wood, and bamboo. If using wood or bamboo soak in water for at least 1 hour before placing food on them. This will keep them from burning up on the grill.

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Wed, 05 Sep 2012 06:09:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Now Serving Breakfast 7 Days a Week!]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/breakfast/

Goode Company Hamburgers and Taqueriawas created with the inspiration of the great foods that came from my grandmother’s kitchen, we called her Nanny. We have built our business staying true to time honored recipes, fresh ingredients and handmade preparations that she held dear. Farm fresh eggs, Corn and flour tortillas are prepared by hand. Chorizo, Hill Country Venison sausage, and breakfast sausages are all made fresh daily in our kitchen. Fresh squeezed juices, homemade breads, fluffy pecan waffles and fresh ground premium coffee all add to the great aroma that you notice the moment you step foot inside our doors.

These are all the hallmarks behind our weekend breakfasts that we have catered to you for the last 30 years. Due to popular demand, Goode Company TaqueriaI am glad to announce that we will begin serving our award winning breakfast 7 days a week, starting today! Whether you are scheduling a breakfast meeting or picking up breakfast tacos for the office through our curbside service, your convenience and time is important to us. So come on in and let us share a little bit of our family history with you!

When: Starting Monday, May 2nd

Time: 7 days a week, 6:30am-11:00am

Where: Goode Company Taqueria-4902 Kirby Dr. Houston, TX 77098

Phone: 713-520-9153

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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 08:04:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Vote for Goode Company!]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/vote/

Goode Company has been nominated for Best BBQ in the Mojo Awards by the 950 A.M. radio station in Houston, Texas and we hope you'll vote for us! Just like our website says, we've been producing some of the best Mesquite Smoked Barbeque in the state of Texas since 1977. We've earned a reputation for doing things the right way by using time honored techniques, handmade preparations and quality ingredients that showcase the rich cooking traditions of Texas. If you haven't done so already, be sure to stop by one of our three barbeque restaurants in Houston and give it a try. Then place your vote for Goode Company!

Easter is right around the corner and it's not too late to order your Mesquite Smoked Barbeque or Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie for your family lunch or dinner. We have plenty of "Texas Sized" options to feed the whole family from Smoked BBQ Ribs to Brisket and two different kinds of sausage. Our Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie also makes a great Easter gift for your loved ones. Stop by our website today as there's just enough time to ship!

You might have read one of my recent blogs about the revival of Texas oyster appellations at Goode Company Seafood. It caught the attention of local food critic, Alison Cook and she took it upon herself to give these delicious oysters a try. Read about her oyster tasting experience at Goode Company Seafood here.

Did you know May is National BBQ Month? Have questions about grilling tools and techniques? Post on our Facebook page or send an email with your questions to CustomerCare@GoodeCompany.com. You can also check my blog, Levi Live as I'll continue to post updates throughout the month with the latest Goode Company news. Don't forget to vote!

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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 07:45:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode's Original BBQ Sauce Now in Williams-Sonoma Stores]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/original-bbq/

I'm happy to announce that our Goode’s Original BBQ Sauce has landed on the shelves of 255 Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide as the warm weather approaches and grilling season begins. Goode’s Original BBQ Sauce is the only Texan barbeque sauce among five sauces total and the other sauces are from other regions of the United States. Goode’s Original BBQ Sauce is created by Goode Company Restaurants and we've been producing and bottling our own special BBQ flavor since 1977. The original is a smoky tomato-based BBQ Sauce with just the right amount of sweetness. We sell other flavors like Jalapeno Garlic and Heavy Garlic in our restaurants and online store, but the original blend will be the only flavor sold in Williams-Sonoma.

This is an exciting new step for Goode Company and we've worked hard over the past few months to make this happen. We hope you'll support our new venture and pick-up a bottle of sauce at your nearest Williams-Sonoma. Don't forget we have some meat for your sauce and you can buy it online here! Easter is right around the corner and we want to make it special for you and your family. To place an order, share a Goode Company experience or join our newsletter, drop us a line at CustomerCare@GoodeCompany.com or give us a call, 713-529-1212. We look forward to hearing from you and we'll be sure to keep you posted on all of our happenings!

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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 07:17:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Goode Company Dives Into Gulf Coast Oyster Revival]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/revival/

The history of oyster harvesting in Texas was on the menu at the recent Foodways Texas Annual Symposium held in Galveston last month. We were able to taste oysters from six different reefs, known as “appellations”, and learn more about the recent efforts to revive oyster reef communities in Galveston Bay. These different Texas oyster reefs are largely unheard of, even in the Gulf Coast region, due to the relative notoriety of specific oyster varieties from the Northeast and Northwest region of the United States. The best part about the symposium was tasting oysters from six different Texas appellations. We decided that we had to bring this fantastic oyster tasting experience to our customers. As a result, we are excited to announce that beginning April 4th, Goode Company Seafood will take part in the revival of gulf coast oyster appellations by offering a tasting menu of Galveston Bay Oysters.

We will offer oysters from 12 different appellations in the Gulf Coast from Florida to Aransas Bay in Texas. Our supplier is heavily involved in the revival of these oyster reefs and passionate about making the Bay better and producing better oysters. All our oysters will be hand-picked to ensure you only get the “best of the best”. Customers will immediately recognize and appreciate the incomparable flavors of these oysters that come from a specific area of the Bay and are harvested by a specific boat. Oyster lovers and folks who usually shy away from oysters will notice the delicious difference in these oysters.

There are 31 different appellations in the State of Texas! All of these reefs have been around for many years, from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s when Galveston was a booming city and one of the most prosperous ports in the United States. Oysters were consumed in abundance then, just as they are today. However, over the years the various varieties of Galveston Bay oysters have been underappreciated and simply classified under the general term “Gulf Coast” oysters.

We hope you will join us in the revitalization of the Texas Gulf Coast oyster reefs by visiting one of our seafood restaurants and tasting these incredibly rich and delicious oysters. Hopefully, the specific varieties of our own Galveston Bay oysters will become as well known as those from other parts of the country.

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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 06:51:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Recipe: Lemon Lawnmowers]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/lemon-lawnmowers/

This may be the perfect summertime cocktail for the poolside and backyard alike. Although a few of them may get you a little frisky and feeling like doing some yardwork, please resist the urge of breaking out the lawn mower. This recipe makes 8 cocktails, and will surely impress the guests at your backyard barbeque shindig.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice, strained
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 1/2 cups premium vodka

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and stire to dissolve sugar, making a simple syrup. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refridgerate until chilled.

2. In a large pitcher, combine syrup with lemon juice, remaining 7 cups of water, and vodka. Mix well.

3. Serve in ice filled glasses garnished with a lemon wedge and mint sprig. Enjoy!

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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 06:29:09 +0000
<![CDATA[We're Going to Gruene, Texas & Here's Why]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/why/ Gruene Hall

We're sending our fourth Texas Tour winner to Gruene, Texas for an entire weekend in August... And you can bet we're lookin' forward to this leg of the tour. We've been asked, "Why are you going to Gruene?," and we have a few good reasons up our sleeves.

1. Gruene Hall – Not only is this iconic building the oldest dance hall in Texas, it has also hosted some of the greatest country music stars,including Willie Nelson and George Strait (two of Levi's favorites!) and helped launch the music career of Lyle Lovett. Built over 130 years ago by Richard Gruene, the famous dance hall is perfect for the summer nights spent with family and friends, enjoying a few Texas longnecks and listening to the next big name in country music.

2. Guadalupe River – Floating the river is a must in the Texas Hill County to beat the heat, as well as Levi's go-to when he's in the area, and for good reason. You can relax on the cool current with your closest friends and family, enjoying some Texas country music and great food, all while basking in the Texas sun.

3. History – The once prominent cotton provider became a ghost town in the 1930s after the Great Depression, but true to the spirit of Texas, Gruene reestablished itself as a must-visit city in Texas in the 1970s with the original Gruene Mansion Inn, Gruene Hall, and Gruene General Store. Goode Company similarly decorates their restaurants with only original pieces from Texas’ leading auctions and antique fairs.

4. Wine Tasting – Being in the heart of Hill Country, Gruene is a perfect destination for enjoying a glass of the finest Texas wines.

5. Shopping – Whether you're interested in antiques or unique specialty items, Gruene has it all. The list of shops is as long as the Guadalupe; from Cactus Jacks to Buck Pottery, there's something for everyone.

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Tue, 21 Aug 2012 06:10:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Texas Tour]]> http://www.goodecompany.com/blog/texas-tour/

Six Texas towns, nine months, and six winners -We're celebrating our 35th anniversary and giving you the chance to embark on a "Texas Tour" with Goode Company as your tour guide.

Throughout 2012 we'll be giving our Facebook fans the opportunity to experience Texas the "Goode" way. We've selected six towns with true, Texan hospitality and we'd like to show you just how much these places mean to us.

From Austin to Gruene, to good ole San Antone', one winner and their guest will get the chance to truly experience Texas, and learn our connection with the towns we hold dear to our heart. We'll provide the accommodations, the transportation, and our favorites along the way.

Are you ready for this once in a lifetime chance? If you said yes, go ahead and like Goode Company BBQ on Facebook and share the details with your friends. We'll be selecting one Facebook fan as the winner each promotional month. Be on your toes and check back often to see if you're the lucky winner.

See you around the Lonestar state!
Click Here for official rules.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:00:53 +0000