Fixin’ to BBQ: D.W. Vasbinder’s in Richmond

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When your barbecue breaks down, you need to know about the folks at D.W. Vasbinder’s (90A in Richmond, 281-342-0535). Not only do they repair barbecue rigs, they also take trade-ins and buy burned-out smokers for scrap.

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The barbecue pits made here are way cheaper than better-known competitors like Pitts and Spitts. (Pitts and Spitts uses expensive stainless steel on the lids and charges $1,800 for a medium-sized unit.) You can get a nice size smoker at D.W. Vasbinder’s for $700, and a little one for $200. Or you can design your own and have them custom-make it. And we’re talking about the kind of heavy-gauge steel that will last for decades.

Photo by Robb Walsh

Mine looks identical to some of the ones Vasbinder sells, but I got it at Smokemaster in Austin. After 18 years of use, I burned through the metal grid that goes directly over the coals in the firebox-- and my steak grilling has gone to hell ever since. So, in preparation for the Fourth of July, I took the burned-out grill to Vasbinder’s and had them cut me a new one to the same size. It was fifteen bucks.

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While I was there, I picked up a bag of oak and a bag of hickory for five bucks apiece. That’s the great thing about Vasbinder’s; they don’t just sell barbecues and fix barbecues, they sell wood too--your choice of oak, pecan, hickory and mesquite. There’s even a honor box, so you can drop off your money and grab a bag of wood when the place isn’t open.

Photos by Robb Walsh

Look for the big woodpiles on the south side of 90A just east of Larry’s Mexican restaurant. You can’t miss it--they have a unique method of advertising--they burn sawdust on the side of the road so that you smell burning wood when you get close. – Robb Walsh

Photos by Robb Walsh


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