Texas Q Brings Artisan BBQ to Kingwood

Texas Q Brings Artisan BBQ to Kingwood

Sloan Rinaldi has spent most of her adult life working in male-dominated industries. In particular, he worked for 32 years in the commercial landscape construction business.

“He would show up at a workplace and there were 50 men and me,” says Rinaldi.

This experience prepared her for the next career: grill master. Rinaldi is one of the few female pitmasters in Texas who owns and operates her own barbecue business.

In August, he opened his barbecue trailer in a small food truck park on the north end of Kingwood. This achievement has taken almost 10 years to complete.

Rinaldi, 58, comes from a family of restaurateurs and pitmasters. His great-grandfather, John Fowler, opened a general store in Crockett in the early 1900s where he cooked barbecue on the weekends. The store was eventually taken over by his grandfather and later his uncle. Fowler’s restaurant is still open in Crockett today.

Although Rinaldi became known in her family as a great home cook, she only started cooking barbecue in 2013 after watching the TV series “BBQ Pitmasters”. He started playing in his backyard and traveled to Memphis to take a class with pit master Mark Lambert of the Sweet Swine O ‘Mine competition team.

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In 2014, he commissioned a trailer-mounted smoker from the East Texas Smoker Company in Tyler and got himself into it all on the racing circuit. The Texas Q Competition BBQ & Catering team became a force and a rare example of an all-female kitchen team.

Rinaldi also started making his own line of barbecue sauces. In 2015, he made a proposal to the representatives of HEB to carry the sauces in their stores. After a presentation at HE-B’s headquarters in San Antonio, the supermarket chain began bringing its line to local stores. Although it is no longer sold at HEB, its sauce can still be purchased online, as well as Texas Q.

Like many competing pitmasters, Rinaldi made the leap to retail barbecue in 2015 by opening a pop-up restaurant called The Q Joint, which was later renamed Texas Q. In time, he would take his prowess across the country, competing. on the Food Network episode of the 2018 Grillmasters Tournament. Series “Chopped”.

From there, Rinaldi and his female staff began pop-ups throughout the Kingwood area, including at local HEB supermarkets. From there, it made the jump to a full-blown barbecue trailer that is now open every weekend.

Though he credits the most famous pit master of all, Snow’s BBQ’s Tootsie Tomanetz, as his main inspiration, Rinaldi notes that the traditionally male-dominated Texas barbecue community has always been supportive of his efforts.

Nestled amongst an eclectic mix of seasonal businesses (a haunted house, fireworks display, and crawfish), Rinaldi’s Texas Q is the primary tenant of a family-friendly destination that features a covered seating area as well as many televisions and an inflatable house for children.

Although the haunted house and fireworks display are currently closed, the adjoining crab shop has just opened for the season. And what’s more to Southeast Texas than crab and barbecue?

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