Smoked turkey legs have broken out of the State Fair and onto menus across the state.
Articles by Daniel Vaughn
Jan 14, 2021 — By Daniel Vaughn
One secret is pitmaster Pedro Garcia, who started at Big Al's as a dishwasher over 40 years ago.
Jan 7, 2021 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus, Houston’s most anticipated restaurant openings for 2021, Fidel Castro in a cowboy hat, and the end of #BrisketGate.
Dec 31, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Hint: “Trim all visible fat."
Dec 23, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus, mask shirkers in Abilene and Greg Abbott's shocking barbecue tab.
Dec 11, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
The Fort Worth joint is now serving Wagyu brisket on a biscuit from you'll never guess where.
Dec 10, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
A warning from the National Restaurant Association. Plus, Austin kicked off its annual 12 Days of Smoked Meat.
Dec 4, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Mechanic turned pitmaster Randy Estrada and his wife Tessa created a menu of uniquely flavored meats and sides at the Creedmoor truck.
Nov 28, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Jordan Jackson once ran the pits at one of the best joints in the state—Bodacious Bar-B-Q, in Longview—but he says the drinking and the pressure were too much. Now he’s working for Aaron Franklin as he starts to rebuild his life.
Nov 27, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
The Del Valle truck serves a well-executed barbecue menu, and its owners are hoping this is just the start.
Nov 25, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus, pork processing plant managers behaving badly and $2,000 brisket.
Nov 19, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
The Austin trailer is serving up a small, focused menu after narrowly escaping a pandemic-induced closing in April.
Nov 16, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
The first bite of one of Trey Felton’s cold-smoked, dry-aged ribeyes made our barbecue editor laugh with joy.
Nov 12, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
A fire at the meat processing plant means no turkey for 200,000 customers. Plus, Feges in Houston now ships nationwide.
Oct 29, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus, our very own BBQ Fest culminates in a virtual backyard barbecue this Sunday.
Oct 23, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Kevin Mason has gone from selling his house-made links out of a patrol car to running an impressive joint in Houston.
Oct 15, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
The connections we make with some barbecue restaurants go way beyond brisket and chopped beef sandwiches.
Oct 15, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Hays Co. Bar-B-Que in San Marcos is for sale. Plus, Neely’s in Marshall closes after 93 years.
Oct 12, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
The Fulshear restaurant and meat market has spectacularly juicy smoked turkey, excellent sausage, and a peppery house-made mustard. Just don't go on a Tuesday.
Oct 1, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Texas A&M scientists used eye-tracking tech to help 1775 BBQ in College Station design a new menu.
Sep 25, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Feges BBQ's recipe for smoked sweet potatoes in beef fat.
Sep 18, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Look for a new hot dog cart from La Barbecue.
Sep 10, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
The founders of BioBQ are designing a real-meat version of the Texas barbecue favorite—no animal slaughter required.
Sep 3, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: a 17-year-old barbecue prodigy.
Sep 2, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
The suitcase-size Nomad grill is pricey, but founders John Veatch and Cam Leggett are betting that consumers will pay more for quality.
Aug 26, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
At J Leonardi’s, he smokes meat the way his uncle taught him in the former freedmen’s town of St. John Colony.
Aug 21, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Brix Barbecue founder Trevor Sales grew up in the Midwest and fell in love with Texas barbecue after moving here in 2017.
Aug 20, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: are we ready for lab-grown barbecue?
Jul 29, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Inspired by a childhood favorite, the wieners are a welcome addition to the menu of the Austin joint, especially when served with chili.
Jul 24, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
With the traditional supply chain in crisis, here’s a radical plan for a new way forward. (With one big catch).
Jul 23, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Cananda misunderstands Texas barbecue.
Jul 22, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Goldee's and Hurtado, which both opened just weeks before the pandemic closures in March, could be game-changers for the North Texas scene.
Jul 10, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Don't miss the brisket birria taco at this trailer, which sets up on Saturdays at a brewery in Grapevine.
Jul 6, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Although craft smoked meats are wonderful, there's nothing like eating ribs at a traditional Texas barbecue spot. And they are getting harder to find.
Jul 2, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Subway's Pitmaster Ramone gets a shout-out from his boss at Sadler's.
Jun 19, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus, we celebrate pioneering black pitmasters on Juneteenth.