Cruisin' with Courtney: Rock n' roll BBQ & water sports in New Braunfels

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. (KBTX) - We're cruising down to New Braunfels for a day of outdoor adventure and good eats. Our first stop is the Texas Ski Ranch.

"Our main attraction is all of the water sports that we have, so wakeboarding primarily. We also offer water skiing, wake surfing behind the boat, as well as wake skating or even knee boarding," explained Morgen Burchell, the general manager of the Texas Ski Ranch.

There are two different cable systems, one is designed for those with a little experience, but this is also a perfect spot for beginners to get their feet wet.

"All you have to do is tell the cable operator it's your first time or that you are a little uncomfortable and might need some help and they'll be more than happy to kind of coach you through everything," explained Burchell.

At first I didn't succeed, but I eventually got the hang of it and loved every second.

"I remember what it's like to be a beginner, and be a little bit nervous, but once you get out there it feels like you're flying when you're on the water. It's so different than anything else you'd ever do," said Burchell.

The fun doesn't have to stop when you get off the water though. You can head on over to CBQ Smokehouse to get a taste of Texas.

"Main course, they have to have brisket, pulled pork, and turkey in my opinion. Sides, I would recommend the mac and cheese or our BBQ beans with burnt ends cooked into them," explained Chuck Stanley, the owner of CBQ Smokehouse.

Stanley was a radio DJ for years before heading to culinary school. Now, his gets to share his love of music and food.

"Rock n' roll soul but redneck at heart, you know I want to eat redneck food and love my Texas BBQ, but I want to listen to my rock n' roll," said Stanley.

From the mesquite smoked meats to the sides, you won't want to set your fork down!

"When people walk out of this restaurant, we want them to take a nap. We want them to be full, happy, and we want to be part of their repertoire," explained Stanley.

Texas Ski Ranch is located at 6700 I-35 in New Braunfels.

CBQ Smokehouse is located at 2975 Town Center Dr. #300 in New Braunfels.

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