Photos by Hillary Ehlen
We here at Fargo Monthly like to think of ourselves as “foodies.” In the general sense of the word, we kind of are, considering we love Fargo food. However, we are missing an element that makes us true foodies. We lack the culinary sensibility to decipher if a coleslaw is made with fennel or cabbage. Nor can we obsess over the complexities of caramelized onions, our palates just cannot handle the workload.
Luckily, our good friend Eric Watson, Executive Chef and owner of Rustica Eatery and Mosaic Foods has those qualities. He can discern the ever-changing, always evolving world of food. So, we took him out into the Fargo dining scene, but a very specific scene. For seven days, we ate at seven different food trucks of varying culinary styles. From pizza to tacos to deli sandwiches, we had Eric try it all. Without further ado, hop in Eric’s food truck and travel with him on his food truck diet.
Day #2: Texas Q BBQ
Opening up a barbecue food truck was never really on Jay Halvorson’s radar before he moved to Fargo. Being an oil worker in Western North Dakota really opened his eyes to what the state needed. “We would go on lunch out West and there would not be any barbecue,” he said. “I thought that was a little outrageous. By the time I got back here, I already had a smoker, so I figured I’d open up my own barbecue place.”
Some may wonder how Halvorson jumped from Western North Dakota to Fargo and ended up naming his food truck after Texas. While he has spent several years in this state he has lived in Texas for an extended period of time. “That was where I always had the best barbecue,” he said. “So, that is what I wanted to model my food after.”
Texas Q BBQ has its own twists though. While they feature Texas staples like brisket and pork, they also have their own concoctions. “We do hot dogs as well as barbecue style tacos which are actually the most popular item on the menu,” Halvorson said. Texas Q is also able to cater events. Either way, Jay Halvorson has found the secret formula to great barbecue in Fargo.
“The beef brisket is so moist. Sometimes people like to make brisket a bit dryer, but I personally love when the juices are flowing out of it. So this is cooked perfectly in my opinion. They must put the bun on the flat-top because it has this crunch to it that surprisingly adds a lot to this sandwich. I could eat this brisket all day long, wow.”
Texas Q BBQ
409 Broadway N, Fargo
Thursday-Friday: 11:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
They also cater!
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