A James Beard Nominee, an inductee in the Barbecue Hall of Fame, an employee at Giddings High School, and a BBQ pitmaster extraordinaire, Tootsie Tomanetz, is a legend. 85 years young, the Texas BBQ pitmaster runs the show at Snow's BBQ in Lexington, every Saturday from open to close. Now the world is getting the chance to see Pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz in action in the brand new season of Netflix's Chef's Table.
Pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz and Her Famous Texas Barbecue
Born three miles from Lexington, Texas on a farm, Norma Francis "Tootsie" Tomanetz grew up understanding the importance of hard work. Getting her start at City Meat Market in Giddings in 1966, Tootsie has been working barbecue pits for over 50 years.
In 2018 Tootsie was named a James Beard Semi-finalist in the best chef category for the Southwest region. While she didn't win the James Beard Award, she did receive lots of community support.
Aside from cooking, Tootsie is very active in her church and likes to watch the Hallmark channel. In an interview with Barbecue Wife, the Texan shared her love for "Old Timey" Country Western music.
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#Repost @secretpintbbq ・・・ I think this might be my favorite photo of a barbecue tray that I've taken. What I post on this account is generally devoid of people. It's generally focused on the food that I'm cooking or experiencing, but it's not always indictive of the actual moment. This photo is the opposite of that to me. It's represents and illustrates what a plate of food can lead to, a communal experience. It's why I love going to Snow's every time I'm in Texas. From standing in line to sitting down with a tray of food, the whole process becomes this unifier, a way of bringing people from all different backgrounds together. Good, honest food can do that. In this photo it's represented by a tray of Central Texas BBQ, but really it's any cuisine that is made with care and passion. Now that I've stepped into the world of cooking for people outside of my immediate circle, I'm humbled by the people who do this on a daily or weekly basis. The amount of sacrifice, the time and the sweat that gets poured into perfecting their craft. The joy a simple thing like a good loaf of bread can bring to people. I'm just trying to live up to those standards and do right by the generosity a good plate of food represents.
The town of Lexington is small, (population 1,100 small) but that didn't stop owner Kerry Bexley from opening up Snow's BBQ in 2002. Open only on Saturdays, Snow's BBQ features meats by the pound including brisket, pork steak, turkey breast, and a few varieties of sausage. Named #1 BBQ in Texas by Texas Monthly in 2008, the BBQ joint usually sells out by the afternoon.
The barbecue restaurant is currently closed during the COVID-19 pandemic however customers may order online from the barbecue joint.
New Chef's Table: BBQ is Coming Soon
Premiering in September, Chef's Table: BBQ, a spin-off of the popular Netflix series, will feature four pitmasters in the United States, Mexico, and Australia.
Catch the trailer here:
The trailer features Tootsie Tomanetz of Snow BBQ running the pits early Saturday morning. Coworker Clay Cowgill describes her as one of the "hardest working people I've ever met."
We can't wait to watch the episode air.