Pam LeBlanc is a reporter with the Austin-American Statesman and Austin360.com. She moved to Austin with her family from Ann Arbor, Michigan, when she was 4 years old.

“One of the very first things my family started hearing about was Texas-style barbecue,” she says.

“Coming from Michigan, we really didn’t know how to cook barbecue,” she says. “But my dad decided he was going to attempt to cook a brisket anyway.”

LeBlanc and her family went to Inks Lake State Park one weekend. Her mom picked up a big brisket from the grocery store.

“So we got to the park, my dad threw the brisket on the grill,” she says. “He cooked it for all of forty-five minutes, he took it off, sliced it up and served it to us. And as you might guess, it was not very tender.”

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  • Kathryn Bone December 14, 2017 at 11:08 am

    In the early 80’s I was working in Louisiana and was sent to Houston for a week long training course. One night I called my best friend from college for a chat. She’s a native Texan. I asked her if there was anything other than excellent Tex-Mex I should try while I was here. She told me to run (not walk) to the nearest convenience store and get a pint of Bluebell homemade vanilla ice cream.At that time you could only get it in Texas. I did-at most of it with a fork-and there hasn’t been any other brand of ice cream for me since. My family moved to Texas in ’97 and although employment was the reason, I’d like to think it was the ice cream.