Hi Danny - you come from South Texas. Some of the best BBQ I have eaten has been in Texas. For a while I worked a lot in Houston and my wife and I toured Texas a couple of years ago on holiday.
One of the best briskets I tasted was at Austin's BBQ & Catering in Sealy. So good I just had to take a photo of the owner. He did not speak a word of English and he probably though "who is this mad Brit" as I dragged him outside to pose.
Here is me wondering whether I could fit a smoker this size in my back garden
I just loved the BBQ in Texas. Most towns we visited seemed to have BBQ restaurants similar to this and in most of them the BBQ was great. The restaurants were usually what we would call basic "spit and sawdust" however there was always a queue queues outside the good ones. They would smoke the meat overnight, start serving mid morning and once it was gone it was gone.