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Bite into a link of smoked boudin at Truth Barbeque, in Houston, or 1701 Barbecue, in Beaumont, and the influence of Louisiana’s Cajun country on Texas barbecue is undeniable. Over the last decade, the barbecue joints of Louisiana have been looking to the Lone Star State for direction. Offset smokers, juicy sliced brisket, and even smoked beef cheek have found an audience there. I set out on a trip that crisscrossed our neighbor to the east to find its best Texas-style barbecue. While on the road, I also tried a few joints that hewed more closely to Louisiana-style barbecue. Paul’s Rib Shack, in Lake Charles, deserves a return visit for the tender pork steak and the flavorful duo of brisket-flecked dirty rice and creamy corn…
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