BBQ News: 08/25 – 09/14

Smoked meat news from Texas and beyond.

In their largest deployment ever, Operation BBQ Relief spent 11 days in Texas cooking 371,760 hot barbecue meals for Hurricane Harvey victims and first responders.

The Houston Chronicle shared a piece about Operation BBQ Relief, and how they organize to feed those in need after tragedies like Hurricane Harvey.

Some Houston pitmasters showed their generosity after the storm by providing food and support. The Houston Chronicle and the Texas BBQ Posse have some of their stories.

Ronnie Killen might still be giving away barbecue in Houston:

 

The Houston BBQ Throwdown is still a go. It will be held at the Saint Arnold Brewery on Sunday, 09/24.

Smoked Dallas has an impressive line-up of barbecue talent from across the state next weekend.

Tickets are on sale for the Pitmaster Picnic in Dallas featuring great pitmasters from around the country.

Great photos from a great film:

 

John Kelso, long time columnist for the Austin American Statesman and avid barbecue fan, passed away recently. The paper looked back at his barbecue commentary to see just how much barbecue in Texas has changed since his early barbecue reviews from 1978.

BBQ Bryan and Houston Fed travelled 7,000 miles to eat at all of the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ joints. They recorded their thoughts on the journey.

Head down to Mexico City to see how the brisket compares to Texas:

 

A barbecue joint with a working Ferris wheel will open soon in Dallas. It’s appropriately named Ferris Wheelers Backyard BBQ.

Short Line BBQ in Maypearl has closed and is looking for a new location.

The College Station location of Rudy’s BBQ was shut down for a day by the health department, but has since reopened.

We’re guessing you heard that Franklin Barbecue caught fire:

 

Until they can reopen, Franklin Barbecue is staging a couple barbecue benefits for Hurricane Harvey victims. They’re coming up on 09/17 and 09/24.

There’s lots of great barbecue in San Antonio, and the San Antonio Current has a list of their favorites.

USA Today traveled to San Antonio where they found the mesquite-grilled chicken at Pollos Asados Los Norteños.

Maybe try the duck:

 

Travis and Emma Heim, who the Star-Telegram called the “BBQ Sweethearts of Fort Worth,” are looking at a third location in the now-closed Soda Springs BBQ. They’ll use it as their catering headquarters.

Texas Slim’s BBQ is now open in Fort Worth right next to The Aardwark rock club.

Brisket funnel cake won best-in-show at the fried food competition at Abilene’s West Texas Fair & Rodeo.

I think we know the answer:

 

A Kansas City barbecue joint owner plans to open a new Texas-style smoked meats-and-beer concept in the Power & Light District,” in Kansas City. This should be fun to watch.

1848 BBQ in Brownsville has proven popular enough to expand their hours and to expand the restaurant.

If you own an Alexa unit from Amazon, you can now download an “Ask Stubb” plug-in, and C B Stubblefield’s voice will provide barbecue tips.

You probably won’t get to try it, but…brisket whiskey: