How Texas-Style BBQ Tastes In New Mexico

A Lockhart local has opened an eatery in the Land of Enchantment.

By Casey CheekJuly 19, 2018 7:04 am,

Can you have real Texas BBQ in New Mexico or do you have to make do? Where there’s smoke, there’s Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn. He says Mad Jack’s Mountaintop Barbeque offers appetizing Texas-style brisket.

Vaughn says James ”Mad Jack” Jackson started his barbecue business by opening a trailer in Lockhart. But most Texans known the Central Texas town already has plenty of barbecue options. So Jackson left Lockhart, moved to New Mexico and started over again.

On the weekends, Vaughn says the line at Mad Jack’s is sometimes “far enough that there are people standing in line who are actually standing in front of the other Texas BBQ joint in town.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

How “Mad Jack” makes his Texas-style barbecue

How his story is tied to a ‘71 Mercury Montego

What Vaughn thinks of barbecue in New Mexico


Written by Manu Schneider