Cruisin' with Courtney: BBQ and Wild Animals

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HARRIS COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - There are thousands of BBQ restaurants in Texas, but not many of them started as chocolate shops.

"It really wasn't quite enough revenue on it's own to make a living, so to make a business out of it, we needed to add food and we decided it had to be BBQ," explained Scott Moore Jr., owner of Tejas Chocolate Craftory.

So Scott Moore Jr. renovated the oldest building in Tomball and opened Tejas Chocolate Craftory in 2015.

"It's vibrant, it's noisy, a lot of great aromas, you've got BBQ smoke, chocolate aromas all melding together, so it's a fun place to be," said Moore.

Just two years after opening their doors, they're ranked the 6th best BBQ joint in the state by Texas Monthly magazine.

"The BBQ was great, it was top notch and the great thing about it is they are always willing to experiment with new things. Whether it's their beer brauts or pastrami beef rib or their reuben sandwiches, just outstanding BBQ overall," said Tom Nguyen, a local barbecue aficionado.

Brisket is their bestseller, but you'll also want to save room for the sides.

"We make everything from scratch. Potato salad, our most unique side is carrot souffle. It goes great with smoky meats. Cornbread pudding is an unusual side, fresh green beans, pinto beans, all of that," said Moore.

Don't even think about leaving without a hand rolled chocolate truffle!

"After a big BBQ meal, a refreshing bite of chocolate is the perfect capper," said Moore.

You're likely going to need to walk off a meal like that, so why not take a walk in the wild.

"His first Christmas we got a pot bellied pig and that's what it started with. Back in the day, it was like going to buy a nice dog and you went to all of these exotic game ranches and they had all of these amazing animals that you never saw," explained Gwen Scott, owner of TGR Exotics.

Gwen Scott never knew a Christmas present for her son would eventually lead her family to owning TGR Exotics, a wildlife park in Spring.

You'll have the chance to learn about 100 different animals that represent 25 species.

From a water buffalo named Buffy to porcupines and primates, these exotic animals are well worth the cruise down Highway 6.

For more information on the Tejas Chocolate Craftory and TGR Exotics, please visit the links under the related links section of this story.