The feast featured in a photo inside ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres album has been recreated by Craft Meats owner Tom Micklethwait. The Austin, Texas, BBQ maven recreated the Tex-Mex spread seen inside the vinyl gatefold of the classic 1973 ZZ Top album for a short film he made in honor of the band and in honor of his love for Tex-Mex food, according to The Houston Chronicle on Jan. 29. Micklethwait’s three-minute film is titled “ZZ Tom.” It took the chef more than two months to find all the props to needed to recreate the famous spread. You can see Micklethwait’s film here.
The 1973 Tres Hombres album’s gatefold photo featured a huge Mexican feast catered by Leo’s Mexican Restaurant, a Houston eatery that shuttered in 2001. But more than 40 years after the feast photo first appeared, Micklethwait’s Craft Meats did an excellent job of recreating the famous food photo full of tacos, chalupas, tostadas, beef enchiladas, and bean and cheese nachos. In fact, even ZZ Top founder Billy Gibbons approves.
In an interview with Texas Monthly, the ZZ Top legend said he loves the Tres Hombres tribute posted by the Crafts Meats owner. “I stand in awe of what he’s accomplished,” Gibbons said of the Texas chef. “I have to hand it to him, he recreated every last element that you see in the centerfold with exacting detail. It’s rather remarkable.” Gibbons also gave Micklethwait props for consuming the meat and cheese-laden feast on camera at the end of the film.
The original Tres Hombres shoot ended similarly to the Craft Meats owner’s tribute. Gibbons said the shoot for the album gateway ended when the photographer’s German shepherd ate the entire spread. The rocker also challenged Micklethwait to create a Tres Hombres spread for him next time he’s in town. So if you see the bearded rocker at Craft Meats in the near future, don’t be surprised.