An even more gigantic Sam Houston
There’s no bigger figure in Texas history than Sam Houston. And so he gets a Texas-sized tribute in the form of a 67ft-tall statue -- in fact, A Tribute to Courage is America’s 10th tallest statue (the Statue of Liberty is a distant second behind Puerto Rico’s Birth of the New World, if you were wondering). For comparison, the tallest statue of George Washington is 17.25ft tall.
The world’s largest barbecue smoker
While other states pride themselves on spit-roasting a pig, the Lone Star State is beef-based, stingy with its BBQ sauce (it’s for the chef to dole out, not the customer), and defies you to say you’ve had better meat anywhere, ever. So of course some folks in Brenham decided, “Well, we’re Texas, we’d better do barbecue bigger than anybody else.”
Enter Terry Folsom and Kimberly King, whose 40-ton(!) smoker, titled The Undisputable Cuz, is the biggest on the planet -- and comes complete with a gigantic metal Texas firebox tail. Also hot on its tail? The actual state of Texas, because people turn out for both barbecue and spectacle. Folsom and King take the 75ft trailer (96ft with the truck) to big events like football games, NASCAR races, and private parties such as corporate functions of 3,000 people or so.