Every week, we share dispatches from Texas Country Reporter, the long-running TV show that invites you to hop in and travel along to explore the back roads of Texas.
J. B. Gallegos has just one word for the action of spackling a perfectly even layer of masa onto a corn husk: art. His family built its legacy in the West Texas town of Fort Stockton by mastering this technique.
Since 1947, the Comanche Tortilla & Tamale Factory has cranked out a steady supply of authentic Mexican staples like tortillas, tamales, and salsa. J.B. is the third-generation manager of the daily grind at this takeout kitchen. In this video from Texas Country Reporter, J.B. explains how he and his four brothers feel a responsibility to preserve not just their family business but also the “lost art” of tamale making.