Our Story | Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits

Our Story

Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits soul was born and bred from the years of manufacturing steel products for the Texas oil and gas fields.

Anthony Saragusa spent most of his manufacturing career building steel reels used coiling and spooling wire, cable, and hydraulic tubing used in energy exploration throughout the world. It is the type of sweaty hard steel fabrication that takes strength, determination, and great welding abilities to ensure quality and safety. That, plus the help of high-end presses, rollers, benders, breaks, cnc plasmas, and machining equipment.

In 2007, the steel reels and spool business began slowing with the downturn in the economy, the worst since 1945. We would not simply give up and close the door on our reel and spool shop built on pride and accomplishment for 20 years. As a way to avoid the layoffs of good folks, we started to find new ways to diversify. We knew we could build anything with our experience, attitude, and the solid equipment our shop had. We also knew with the horrible economy hurting our country and our families, it was going to be a rough road ahead for a while.

If we were to survive the tough times, we needed to manufacture something with two goals. First: manufacture something that would make our team feel good, develop purpose, and take pride in. Second: create something that would sell in order to provide for our company and our families. Our passion for Texas BBQ was the answer. Looking back now at those scary and uncertain times, we learned a lot about ourselves and our shop. Our team is proud of our can-do attitude and culture. The bad time also taught us that tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

At Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits, we found our passion and we love what we fabricate and build every day... “Funny how life works out sometimes.” We were able to sell our BBQ Pits, Smokers, and Fire Pits and weather those tough times. I am very proud of how we provided for all the folks associated with Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits.

I had always admired the custom pits and smokers made by others. I would always tell my friends that if I had “big money” I’d buy one of those “high-dollar“ pits one day.

Well, I’m still admiring and hoping to one day. But in the meantime I’m very happy and proud to BBQ and grill on my high quality, affordable Smokers and Grills we build at Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits. We build our pits with only new 1/4" steel pipe, and 3/16 plate. All of our doors, vents and hinges are precision tight. A Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pit will last 20 + years and each one is guaranteed for life against burn-out. If you can’t cook competition award winning BBQ on your current pit, then try a Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits. If you have the same results, then maybe it’s not the pit…

Speaking of bad BBQ, Never, never, ever, talk about or use a “cheap” look alike pit. These are the imported type found at your local sporting goods store or discount retailers. Period. These imported “junk” imitation Texas Style Pits should be banned in Texas or any other state. They are a waste of your money and they will not allow you to enjoy and love the process and pleasure of “low and slow” BBQ cooking. They will actually make you hate BBQ’ing and grilling. A Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pit is the solution.

The major problem is they’re “crap”. But seriously, the thickness of material used is very thin with NO craftsmanship. They will not retain even heat and smoke needed in BBQ’ing, and will only last about 1-2 years before you have to purchase another pit. Wouldn’t it be best to purchase a Texas Original BBQ Pit and enjoy it for 25 years?

As our pits became more known and sought-after, we were starting to have a steady flow of folks stopping by our shop daily. Well, you know old fabrication shops aren’t really set up for a lot of retail shoppers. So, in 2011 we opened our retail store in Houston located on the city’s 610 loop. We started by just selling our smokers, grills, and fire pits and a BBQ general store. Over the same few years many other retailers around the state, country, and even Europe have been requesting and many have started selling our Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pit, Fire Pits, and Smokers. The demand for our products have been received very good and continues to keep being requested at the retail level.  With that being said, it became necessary to close our unique and really cool retail store on February 31, 2016. This was necessary in order for the company to focus on our expansion and developing a greater dealer network domestically and internationally.

Please look for Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits and Smoker products at a great retailer near you,If you know a good retail store that would be  a good fit , and interested in stocking our Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits products please have them contact us about becoming a dealer.

We would like to thank all the patrons that have shopped at the Texas Original Bar-B.Q. Pits retail store over the last few years. We will still be available for purchasing products locally, www.TexasOriginalPits.com  or at a great retailer near you.

Please take a look at our new website. You’ll see all of our pits along with the upgrades and accessories you can add to a Texas Original Pit. And don’t forget about cooking and grilling wood you may need to be a BBQ champ!

Thanks Again,

Anthony Saragusa
‘’fire builder and founder”

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