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.
Their favorite thing to do with it, however, is bring barbecue to folks who need a smile. At Thanksgiving, they handed it off to the Salvation Army to give the homeless a very smokey meal. It’s also been used to feed some very hungry troops. “I want to help people,” says Folsom. We can all agree that sharing your barbecue nourishes the spirit as well as the body.
Despite its 800 square feet of cooking area, the smoker requires surprisingly little wood -- about a cord. An inner heat exchange along a 1” pipe combines with a damper opening system to tightly control temperatures and keep its 24 sections cooking at their own pace and under their own smokestacks. Oh, and the damper handles are also Texas shaped, naturally.
As if that weren’t crazy enough, this beautiful vision includes a walk-in cooler. Situated at the truck end of the trailer, this is where your kegs live, because what’s barbecue without a frosty beer? The only way this could possibly be more Texas is if all that smoke coalesced into the ghost of Stephen F. Austin, proudly shouting “Texas forever!”