Mixed grill on an Argentinian Style Parrilla for our One Year Anniversary - Live Oak

Pit Boss Tom Spaulding

Tom & Rodney Henry making Pies

David Rodriguez cutting the Pork

Inside the Smoker "Elsie"

EatMeatSign.jpg (112451 bytes)

At Live Oak Barbecue, Tom Spaulding smokes Texas-style Q and serves it up by the pound. The new Eastside neighborhood joint is a perfect addition to entrepreneurs Donya & Randall Stockton's family of businesses.

   The Stocktons love barbecue; after seeing this building they thought, "We could turn this into a barbecue restaurant". They were just missing one thing...a Pit Boss. Friends and business partners told them they had one right under their nose...

   Former professional Pit Boss and BBQ cook-off judge/competitor Tom Spaulding was at the other end of the 'hood slinging drinks at Shangri La. At the time, he was saving his passion for live fire cooking & barbecuing for the backyard. Open-air roasting a whole hog (butterflied on a custom made steel cross) and building an 8 ft cinder block cowboy pit to smoke 150 lbs of meat for a Superbowl party just made sense to him. Thomas would occasionally have "test" smokes, and invite 30 or so of his luckiest friends to teach himself new techniques.

   In October of 2010, Tom was asked to cater a Cow-themed art opening at Lovejoy's Tap Room. There, underneath a few sweet-faced cow portraits , he carved over 100 pounds of meat he had smoked for the event. People 'in the know' were lined up out the door. The Stocktons were in attendance, tasted the results and realized they had found their man. While a man dressed in a cow costume dispensed White Russians from a teat, Tom and the Stocktons sealed the deal. No longer would they have to drive an hour to get Texas-class barbecue.

   Over the course of labored months, the Eastside beer dive Mis Amigos was transformed into Live Oak Barbecue. Home made picnic tables, a fresh paint job, a hand-crafted smoker, coloring book paintings of menu choices, and a barbecue joint was born! Tom hand picked an opening staff to make the most of his small space. It included experienced 'cue smokers, a butcher/culinary school grad, and a cook from an acclaimed Houston cooking family. Their combined skills have transformed the dark hideaway into a celebration of smell and taste.

   The meat is smoking, the word is spreading and the people are coming, so bring yourself down to Live Oak Barbecue and EAT MEAT!



View Larger Map

NumbercowSm2.jpg (62344 bytes)
2713 E. 2nd St.
(On 2nd St. just West of Pleasant Valley)

Tom Serving MeatSteven Cutting PotatoesStaff LiveOakMatt Cutting CukesTom Getting Feedback

Home     Menu    About Us    Contact     Facebook    Specials

photos and website design by Candice L. Parker