Addictive Bark-O-lious Texas Style BBQ in California

Succulent Pull Pork, Meaty Burnt Ends, Flavorful Sausage and Sides.

Howdy, BBQ Lovers!

If you’re a barbecue lover like me, then no city, state, or country is out of reach – especially when it’s a barbecue joint that’s slinging succulent Texas-style, award-winning, and Bark-O-Licious barbecue.

As we continue on our MEETS, EATS & SWEETS Tour 2022, we headed to the small community of San Juan Capistrano, California. This is an extremely cozy and beautiful town located in Orange County, California, along the Orange Coast. San Juan Capistrano was founded by the Spanish in 1776 when St. Junípero Serra established Mission San Juan Capistrano. It’s a beautiful place with friendly folks and now offers some of the BEST BARBECUE in the state of California.

One of Four Big Beautiful Pits.

I could smell the aromas lofting in the air a block away, and my mouth started watering as we approached. When we pulled up, we saw the beautiful surroundings with the palm trees and landscape dancing with the wind. What an amazing atmosphere to enjoy some delicious barbecue.

Heritage Barbecue is a Texas-style barbecue joint offering a rotating menu of home-made sides, succulent smoked brisket, beef ribs, and pulled pork. They also offer juicy, flavor-loaded tri-tip, smoked chicken, turkey, K.C-style burnt-ends, and a variety of other proteins, even house-prepared sausages.

They have the ordering process down to a science. It’s easy and organized, and the line moves like a finely tuned Swiss watch. We ordered and then enjoyed the fresh air in the unique and cozy outdoor atmosphere. They have four massive barbecue pits on display that are constantly billowing smoke in the California sun while you sit and enjoy your barbecue. The pits are beautiful, offering a variety of colorful patinas that happen naturally in the barbecue smoking process.

When they delivered our massive order of barbecue and sides, I was blown away by the beautiful colors and plating presentation. We ordered so much food that we had two trays delivered, and both were full of deliciousness. In the barbecue world, it’s a telling sign that you’re in the right place when your food looks delicious. When folks are walking by or seated nearby, they say things like, “OH MY GOSH, HOLY COW, WHAT DID YOU ORDER, ARE YOU GOING TO EAT ALL THAT?” Or my personal favorite, “CAN WE TAKE A PHOTO OF YOUR TRAY?” These are some of the things that were said to us as we waited to dig in and go Full Tilt Boogie on our barbecue deliciousness.

Everything we tried was pure barbecue perfection. The BRISKET had the beautiful bark and smoke shine I love, and always look for. It was BARK-O-LICIOUS. The TRI-TIP was Stupid-Delicious, the PULLED-PORK was succulent and flavorful. The KC STYLE BURNT-ENDS are R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S. Each sausage bite was Pork-O-Licious! The Texas Chili and Mac-N-Cheese stole our hearts. But the Elote CORN and CORNBREAD combo… OH MY! Smoked Elote On The Cob and added the Smoked Cheddar Corn Bread Muffin to create a kaleidoscope of flavors that were simply unforgettably delicious.

Our visit was pure PERFECTION! They are one of our top destinations in the United States for 2022. The atmosphere, the service, the staff, and the delicious barbecue and sides are worth the trip from anywhere. If you make the trip to HERITAGE BBQ, you better pack your bags, because you’re headed on a one-way TRIP straight to Deliciousville. 

Remember just like the slogan states: ” Heritage Barbecue Is The Shit! ”

If you’re planning on making the trip to beautiful San Juan Capistrano I would suggest staying in downtown at Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. It’s a hotel in the Marriott Autograph Collection and it’s not only beautiful it’s close to everything. It also allows you to walk everywhere and waddle back from Heritage Barbecue for a NAP after your MEAT FEAST!

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Trey (CHOW DOWN) Chapman

VooDoo Doughnuts Unique, Colorful & Delicious!

Good day, Doughnut Lovers!

They told me: “The magic is in the hole!”  

As we continue our Road Trippin’ the USA: MEETS, EATS and SWEETS 2022 Tour, I’ve located another unique hand-crafted doughnut experience that is savory, sweet and sure to please your sweet tooth cravings.

Today we’re in Houston, TX at the world-famous Voodoo Doughnut. They have other Texas locations in the cities of Cypress and Austin, as well as a total of 12 other locations in six different states as they continue growing in the USA.


The Story goes: Voodoo Doughnut is the brainchild of old friends and entertainment-minded Portlanders Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon. In 2000, they decided to embark on a shared entrepreneurial venture – something that combined quality hospitality with their daring do-it-yourself brand of show business.

Offering More than 50 kinds of doughnuts, they’re the originators of the Cannolo and Bacon Maple Bar Doughnuts, and of course the Voodoo Doll Doughnut. They offer 13 traditional doughnuts as well. Classic Dozen includes: Blueberry Cake, Buttermilk Bar, Glazed Old Fashioned, Raspberry Romeo, Sprinkle Cake, Powdered Sugar Cake, Plain Cake, Cinnamon Sugar Cake, Raised Glazed, Chocolate Ring, Chocolate Old Fashioned, Butterfinger, and Maple Bar.

Trey with some VooDoo Deliciousness!

They also offer a wide variety of VEGAN Doughnuts. The Vegan Voodoo Dozen option includes some crazy and some traditional. Vegan Voodoo Dozen includes: Chocolate Ring (2x), Dirt (2x), Raised Glazed (2x), Portland Cream, Maple Bar, School Daze, ODB, Voodoo Doll, and Maple Cream.

Each doughnut is prepared fresh and colorful with savory and sweet flavor profiles. I was impressed with each doughnut presentation and the wide variety of available flavors. My favorites were the Voodoo, Dirt, Bacon Maple Bar, The Grape Ape, the Raspberry Romeo and the Maple Blazer Blunt. I found this one extremely delicious! It was a raised blunt and dusted with cinnamon sugar, maple frosting, and red sprinkle embers. Each bite I took was a kaleidoscope of flavors that POPPED in my mouth! 


The building was easy to spot with its vibrant VOODOO style imagery and pink color. I really enjoyed the colorful atmosphere with the awesome attention to detail. The service was very friendly and you really felt like they were happy to serve you. If you’re looking for a NEW doughnut experience that you will LOVE and find extremely unique, check out a VOODOO Doughnut and chow down. They’re an official Trey’s Chow Down Delicious Destination for all doughnut lovers to enjoy.

My suggestion for a trip to a VOODOO Doughnut location. “You better pack your bags because you’re headed on a one way TRIP straight to DELICIOUSVILLE!” 

“Hope See You At A Table Soon For Some Deliciousness!”

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

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