– Austin’s so-called “smoke scrubber” ordinance is dead. Members of the Economic Opportunity Committee “voted unanimously this afternoon not to require BBQ food trucks and restaurants located near residential areas to install smoke scrubbers.”

– A deep look at the price of beef in America:


– The Daily Meal ranks the 25 best barbecue chains in the country. 

– Thrillist has gathered a list of their picks for best barbecue in every state. Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor was named best in Texas. 

– McDonald’s in the UK is now marketing a Dallas BBQ burger with bacon, red onions, and barbecue sauce. 

– That’s a lot of sausage:


– Weber has a slick new interactive site to show off their products, and to show the diversity of barbecue around the world.

– The new Texas-inspired flavor from Ben & Jerry’s might be Bar-B-Que Peach.

BBQ Pitmasters is back for another season. Starting on 5/28 will be the new All-Star season.

– There’s a whole hog event coming to San Antonio:

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– Petaulma, California “went on to grow into what it is today — a place where strip malls, feed mills, condo developments, and the last slaughterhouse in the Bay Area somehow all manage to be neighbors to one another.” 

– On June 11th in Milliken, Colorado you can get 10% of your barbecue order at Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ, but only if you’re white

– Robert Moss shares his thoughts on Aaron Franklin’s big win at the James Beard awards. 

– Water buffalo ribs, anyone?


– The Smoking Ho visits AJ’s Ranch Road BBQ in San Marcos.

Austin Bakes is selling baked goods in area barbecue joints (and a few other locations) to benefit Nepal.

– Chad Franks of Schmidt Family Barbecue in Bee Cave is profiled here.

– Austin brisket thief James Cordell Avery has also recently been tied to meat thefts in Round Rock.

– Nice thought with Memorial Day coming up, but this doesn’t look like barbecue:


– Proper Texas BBQ and Watering Hole will open in Houston in 2016. Owner Brandon Young is working hard to get support from his peers. “There hasn’t been a stitch of barbecue to hit a table in a restaurant in Houston, Texas proper that I’ve ever had a religious experience over, ever. I’ve honestly learned more about how not to serve barbecue here in Houston than how to serve it.” 

– John Avila will open a new BBQ joint in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston in a former porn shop

– Nichole and Will Buckman of Corkscrew BBQ in Spring are profiled in the Houston Chronicle. 

– Texas Pit Quest gives a solid review to Blood Bros. BBQ in Houston. 

– Publix just said Carolina ain’t Traditional:


Good Union Urban Barbecue, a sister business to Bone Daddy’s BBQ, is planned for Richardson.

– Pecan Lodge shares their brisket recipe with KVIL in Dallas.

– Addison Fork & Cork features live fire pit demonstrations from Tim Byres through both days of the event.

– I talked to Texas Standard about the lack of good barbecue in El Paso.

– Know your wood:


– Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt shares some photos and a video from the Red Dirt BBQ Festival.

– Scooter’s Lone Star BBQ is coming to Valparaiso, Indiana and claims it’ll use the same recipes as Kirby’s BBQ in Mexia.

– Eater delves into Kansas City cuisine and makes a couple suggestions for barbecue as well.

– Former Texas Governor Rick Perry delivered his thoughts on the Supreme Court from a Dickey’s BBQ location in Greenville, South Carolina.

– “The most important thing about barbecue is sauce.” Governor Abbott has a few things to learn about Texas barbecue: