Dia de Rudy’s: ATX Recap!

Trippers! Thank you for making Dia de Rudy’s on Saturday one of our MOST EPIC EVENTS YET! Eating at ALL FOUR Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q locations around Austin in ONE GLORIOUS DAY was quite the challenge and Y’ALL made it EPIC! Thanks for meating with us! We loved meeting you and had tons of fun. If you missed out, here’s a recap!

We began our meaty adventure bright and early at the North Austin 183 Location at 9 a.m. where we were welcomed with a ginormous crowd and breakfast tacos galore!

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We had a blast meeting you guys! We even got to hang out with two of our favorite four-legged trippers!

Then it was on to the 360 location for a meaty brunch and some fun on the playground in the back!

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Things got trippy with Jason and Micah’s crazy Chet photo inception….

Throughout the day, we had an AMAZING turn-out at all four locations! You took EPIC photos and tagged them with #diaderudys, so here are a few of our favorites!

We had a fun time. Thanks #rudysbbq and #thedaytripper #diaderudys

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We grabbed an early lunch at the West Austin 620 Rudy’s location of the classic moist brisket — which was delicious, as always! And of course, it was time to break out the Lone Star!

As the day continued, we met even more awesome Trippers!

We even got to help Kaitlyn celebrate her 9th birthday! Happy Birthday and Keep on trippin’!

We gave the day a big finish at the Round Rock Rudy’s Location and went with some creamed corn and the Prime Rib. Of course, Nanner pudding was our dessert.

Shout out to the AMAZING 52 folks that were hungry enough to travel with us to ALL FOUR RUDY’S LOCATIONS! Wow! That is the biggest crowd we’ve had at Dia de Rudy’s!

What a day! We loved hanging out with all of you on this meaty journey across Austin. Thank you so much for coming out to say “hello” and a HUGE thank you to Rudy’s for making it possible!

Check out our Houston and DFW Dia de Rudy’s recaps for more meat madness!

“Dia de Rudy’s” in Austin, April 8!

Alright Austinites, get ready because it’s YOUR TURN for a day full of barbecue! We had tons of fun with the Dia de Rudy’s in Houston and Dallas, and we are so excited to eat meat with YOU! We’ll be making our way to all FOUR Rudy’s locations in Austin and Round Rock on April 8, and we want you to join us. We’ll start with brisket breakfast tacos at the North Austin location on Highway 183 and end our meaty journey through town with a late lunch at the Round Rock location. If you can’t make it to all of them, join us at one or more — but just so you know, there will be awesome PRIZES for anyone who makes it to all 4!


9:00 a.m. — North Austin 183 Location (11570 Research Blvd.) How about some barbecue breakfast tacos to start off the day?

10:30 a.m. — South Austin 360 Location (2451 S Capital of Texas Hwy) Time for a pulled pork brunch…

11:45 a.m. — West Austin 620 Location (7709 Ranch Road 620) Who’s up for an early lunch of brisket by the pound?

1:00 p.m. — Round Rock, TX Location (2400 N Interstate 35) Oh boy! A late lunch of ribs and sausage!

Of course, eating TONS of BBQ in one day will be awesome, but the fun doesn’t stop there! At each location, we will be handing out a playing card and at the end of the day, all card-holders will play a game of 5-card stud for the chance to win a $250 Rudy’s gift card.

Throughout the day, participants will be given a BINGO card to play on for an all-day contest. Winners will receive awesome Rudy’s swag.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Each participant that completes the challenge of eating at all 4 locations on April 8 will win a $50 gift card to Rudy’s!

Click here to see our Facebook Events Page!

So join us for a day of fantastic BBQ, fun games and sweet prizes!

San Antonio Premiere Recap!

Howdy Trippers!! On Feb. 2, we had the San Antonio Premiere in San Antonio — and it was a party for the history books! We’d like to say a special “thank you” to the Alamo for letting us host the premiere on the grounds and of course, to YOU GUYS for showing up and partying with us!! We had SO MUCH FUN meeting y’all and watching the new Season 8 San Antonio episode and we couldn’t have done it without y’all!

Before the night started, we checked out artifacts from an upcoming special exhibit at the Alamo on Mr. Jim Bowie and his historic knives. They were basically like small swords…those Texas heroes didn’t mess around when it came to defending Texas!


Then the sun began to set, and the Alamo lawn was filled with trippers from all over Texas. As the crowd gathered, local country artist Katy Mckenzie played live music and she definitely ROCKED the lawn!


We were wowed with a live firing demonstration from the Living History reenactment group at the Alamo and got to watch a cultural folk dance by Grupo Folklorico de Bendiciones! Both were EPIC!!



And of course, our favorite part of the night was getting to meet and hang out with YOU! We are so thankful to have such amazing fans like you that make all of this possible! Thanks for coming out to the Alamo and partying with us. You can find the Meet and Greet pictures from the San Antonio Premiere party in our Facebook Album!


Dia de Rudy’s: DFW Recap

It was one crazy weekend in DFW as we attempted the greatest challenge of all: eating at ALL 5 Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q locations across the Metroplex! We enjoyed fun, games and (of course) TONS of BBQ from Rudy’s, but it was YOU that made this event possible and awesome!

We started the day bright and early at the Arlington location with a 9 a.m. breakfast of bacon, brisket, egg and cheese tacos!


For brunch, we were dying to have some of Rudy’s moist brisket…that always hits the spot on a day out trippin’!

Stop two #diaderudys @rudysbbq Fort Worth. A little brisket brunch A photo posted by Chet Garner (@chettripper) on

At the Denton location, we were starting to feel the pains of our barbecue-induced coma, but we’d come too far to turn back. So we stuffed our faces and journeyed on.

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Throughout the day, we had an amazing turnout at all five locations, and YOU took epic pictures and tagged them with #diaderudys, so here’s a few of our faves!


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Great to meet you, Jason C.

Great to meet you, Jason C.


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Hat swap? Vaya con dios! #diaderudys #rudysbarbq #thedaytripper #chetgarner #dfw #hatswap A photo posted by Lauren (@laurenmann33) on

The Frisco Rudy’s location gave us an awesomely artsy welcome!

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And though we truly enjoyed our second lunch of peppered tenderloin…we were having a really hard time hiding our fullness!

  Stop 4 of #diaderudys @rudysbbq in Frisco called for peppered tenderloin. This is the way it should be cooked.   A photo posted by Chet Garner (@chettripper) on    

rudys-food_new Before we knew it, we were at our last stop at the Rudy’s in Allen. They spoiled us with THREE desserts: “Nanner Puddin,” Chocolate Pudding and Peach Cobbler! So we ate as much as we could into the remaining room in our stomachs and ended our day on a sweet note! desserts

Stop 5 of #diaderudys @rudysbbq Allen. Squeezing “Nanner Puddin” into any open crevice I can find. A photo posted by Chet Garner (@chettripper) on

However, after 5 meals of barbecue, we had to surrender ourselves to the meat coma taking over. But just because we were full doesn’t mean the party was over.

In addition to the awesome Rudy’s swag that we gave folks who won our Bingo challenge and the $50 Rudy’s gift cards we gave to everyone who made it to all five locations, we also gave out a BIG Grand Prize at the end of the day. Using the playing cards folks collected at each location, we played a game of 5-card stud for a $250 Rudy’s gift card. Congratulations to our winner Ramiro, who won with three of a kind (all aces)!


Shout out to the 21 folks that were brave — and hungry — enough to make it to ALL FIVE LOCATIONS. It was a meaty job, but someone had to do it, and we’re glad we had so many awesome folks join us! 


What a day! We had a blast and can’t wait to do it again! Thank you so much for coming out to say “hello” and thanks to Rudy’s for making it possible!

Check out our recap from the Dia de Rudy’s in Houston here

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from The Daytripper team!!!

Enjoy the day with family and friends as you celebrate the Holidays and the Birth of Jesus!

Summer of Smoke Winners – 1 Location Left!

We’ve had a blast with the Summer of Smoke contest! Huge thanks to Rudy’s Bar-B-Que for partnering with us on this contest. We’ve had a few new winners since last time we posted and ONE more location left. Keep an eye out on our social media outlets for the location hint…then go for it! It will be worth a Rudy’s gift card for Bar-B-Que.

Our previous post of winners and photos can be seen here.

Here are the winners so far! The latest are in bold.

  1. Matt Benson in League City
  2. Ron Watson in Round Rock
  3. Sam Saldivar in Corpus Christi
  4. Bill Dorough in Frisco
  5. JJ Mtz in El Paso
  6. Aime Coates in Tyler
  7. Frank Cuevas in Brownsville
  8. Jose Rodriguez in Lubbock
  9. Aaron Hartzel in Katy
  10. Anita Gammage in College Station
  11. Gus Reese in Arlington


Summer of Smoke Winners – 2 Weeks Left!

Where there’s smoke there’s Bar-B-Que…right? Well, most of the time and this summer we’ve had a lot of fun with the Summer of Smoke contest with Rudy’s Bar-B-Que. We’ve been setting Bar-B-Que “fires” all over Texas with hints of where we are hiding certificates redeemable for Rudy’s gift cards. We have 2 more weeks left so keep an eye out for the next hint dropping at 12 noon today!

Here are the winners so far!

  1. Matt Benson in League City
  2. Ron Watson in Round Rock
  3. Sam Saldivar in Corpus Christi
  4. Bill Dorough in Frisco
  5. JJ Mtz in El Paso
  6. Aime Coates in Tyler
  7. Frank Cuevas in Brownsville
  8. Jose Rodriguez in Lubbock



Daytripper Film Series – True Grit on May 23

Join Chet Garner and crew for the second installment of “The Daytripper Texas Film Series” showcasing movies made here in the Lone Star State. This event’s screening is “True Grit (2010)” staring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.  Simply Put – it’s awesome.  Perhaps even better than the 1969 John Wayne classic.

Filmed in the Austin and Granger areas, this is film is about the search for an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) who murders the father of a feisty 14-year-old farm girl, Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld). Ross hires Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a boozy, trigger-happy lawman, to help her find Chaney and avenge her father. The bickering duo are not alone in their quest, for a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) is also tracking Chaney for reasons of his own. Together the unlikely trio ventures into hostile territory to dispense some Old West justice.

For tickets and more information, click the image below. We hope to see you there!


The Road to Independence!

On April 16, 1836, General Sam Houston had a difficult decision to make. After weeks of running from the Mexican army, Houston and his rag-tag army of settlers turned soldiers found themselves at a “fork in the road.” In what is today New Kentucky Park in Tomball, Texas, General Houston had to decide whether to turn left to Louisiana, which meant the safety in the United States, or right, which meant facing Santa Anna and the Mexican army in Harrisburg or modern-day Harris County. As most of you know, Houston choose the right path.  And on April 21, 1836 defeated the powerful Mexican Army in the Battle of San Jacinto.

In honor of the 179th anniversary of the Texan victory at Battle of San Jacinto, we here at The Daytripper would like to highlight the incredible history that is the road of Texas’ independence.  And show you the spots were you can travel to retrace those famous steps.

October 2, 1835

cannonThe first shots of the revolution are fired.

Mexican soldiers were sent to Gonzales, Texas to take a cannon that Mexico has loaned them to scare away Indian attacks. Texans did not let the soldiers into town and fired on them, beginning the Texas revolution.  Today you can visit the cannon at the Gonzales Memorial Museum.

March 2, 1836

Texans declared independence from Mexico.

At the Convention of 1836, Texans wrote the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston was named the commander of the Texas military.  Visit the recreate Independence Hall inside of Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.

March 6, 1836

the alamoFall of the Alamo.

After a 13-day attack on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio, Mexican soldiers killed all 189 Texans trying to defend the Alamo. Some of the most famous defenders were Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, and James Bowie.  Every year millions visit this sacred shrine in downtown San Antonio.

March 27, 1836

The Goliad Massacre.

Following the Battle of the Alamo, support for the Texan army had grown tremendously. With supporters from both Texas and the United States signing up to join the fight.  Santa Anna was livid and his vengeance came when James W. Fannin and his men surrendered on May 20, 1863 at the Battle of Coleto Creek. Fannin tried to discuss civilized terms that stated the Texan army should treated as prisoners of war instead of being executed. To no avail, about 350 Texan prisoners, including Fannin himself, were executed. To plan your own daytrip to Goliad, you can retrace Chet’s steps by viewing the Goliad episode or you can visit the Goliad State Park and Historic Site and Presidio La Bahia.

April 21, 1836

Texans win the Battle of San Jacinto and their independence.

Led by Sam Houston, the Texas army defeated the troops of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. The win is the victory that Texas needed to finally gain independence from Mexico. As you might have seen in our recent Baytown episode, the public can visit this historic site year around. Visit the San Jacinto Monument of History for more details.

Come Hang with Chet at Backwoods!

Hey Daytrippers, I will be in store for a fan meet and greet. I’ll be talking all things Texas and telling some stories from the road. Come by and swap Texas travel stories, grab a picture, and learn all sorts of Daytripper tips for exploring the Lone Star State!

Location: Backwoods Austin
Time: 10AM – 1PM

Looking forward to see you there!