– It’s Barbecue Week on Eater:


– Here are the best ribs in Austin according to Eater Austin. 

– Eater Houston talks with Jerry Pizzitola about how he got into the barbecue business. 

– Mattie John Bamman recounts his journey to become a certified KCBS barbecue judge

– Tasting the menu at Snow’s BBQ:


– Eater explains why Brooklyn is driving barbecue innovation in New York.

– Here’s a history of barbecue in New York from Eater’s Robert Sietsema.

– Here’s the barbecue lingo that Eater thinks you’ve got to know.

– Then, Eater wasted 1800 words on a worthless “definition” of barbecue.

– Robert Moss came to the defense of brisket:


– The Dallas Morning News and MySA also offered their rebuttal to Eater’s barbecue definition.  

– D Magazine has named their 50 best restaurants in Dallas, and Pecan Lodge and Slow Bone are among them. 

– The burnt ends at 18th & Vine BBQ in Dallas, step by step. 

– Eater has tallied the amount of barbecue the most popular joints are serving in Houston and in Austin.

– Is there a case for liquid smoke?


– Aaron Franklin is offering a three-day barbecue pop-up in Chicago.

– Aaron Franklin is planning a food festival in Austin that is scheduled for next May.

– The sausage recipe for Franklin Barbecue is nearly complete, and will debut at the restaurant soon.

– Aaron Franklin is teaching a barbecue class in Sweden:


– A Russian cattlemen is stuck with a glut of briskets, so he teams up with a restaurateur who begins using it for pastrami. 

Smoke Shop, from chef Andy Husbands, will open in a couple weeks in Boston. 

– A new barbecue joint, Globe Hall, has opened in Denver with a smoker made in Texas. 

– Barbecue on a massive scale:


– On the Today Show, Pat Martin and Chris Lilly duked it out in a pork vs. brisket battle, and they ended up tying.

– The Hammond family has come back to Glen Rose to open a new barbecue joint called Roadrunner Smokehouse.

– Small Texas ranchers aren’t happy about the messages being doled out with the Beef Checkoff money they’re legally required to provide.

– Lots of Houston’s BBQ tradition came from Beaumont:


– Anthony Bourdain was in Houston recently at Burns Original BBQ filming for his show Parts Unknown. 

Southern Smoke, hosted by Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd, is coming back to Houston in November. 

Brookstreet Bar-B-Que is coming to Montrose, and they’ve got a drive-thru. 

– Barbecue + chocolate:


– The pit room at an Austin location of Rudy’s Bar-B-Que had a small fire. The restaurant was only closed briefly.

– MySA found plenty to like at Kings Hwy Brew & Q in San Antonio.

– BBQ Recon had a great visit to Freedmen’s Bar in Austin and enjoyed the sausage at Vitek’s in Waco.

– Bold words from a Georgian:


– Texas A&M once again hosted the Foodways Texas Barbecue Camp, and Dr. Jeff Savell provided this recap. 

– Cattleack Barbeque in Dallas will undergo renovations, so get your barbecue today and tomorrow before they close for two weeks. 

– Will Fleischman has parted ways with Lockhart Smokehouse, and now his own barbecue website Blowin’ Smoke and Tellin’ Lies

– Get some smoked beer in your life: