It all began at the most unlikely of places – a convenience store, located at the corner of SH30 and FM158 in College Station, Texas. Chip and Jo Manning bought the corner shop in 1981, where they sold gas, beer, and other goods on the outskirts of town. Just after opening, Chip put in a BBQ pit, and started smoking. Soon, he was selling 20 pounds of meat each day and making a name for himself in the community.
The Mannings converted the corner store into C&J BBQ in 1997, and by 2000, won the Reader’s Choice Award for BBQ in the Brazos Valley. In 2002, they would add to their acclaim by winning the Best of the Brazos Award for BBQ.
Since first winning these awards, C&J…
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