Texas barbecue myths abound. Obsessive Compulsive Barbecue breaks many of them down in a two parts series that attempts to set the record straight.

Some creativity being shown at the Houston BBQ Throwdown:


Tin Roof BBQ still entered their impressive beef rib at the Houston BBQ Throwdown despite the fact that their restaurant suffered a fire the night before.

Alison Cook of the Houston Chronicle released her annual Top 100 restaurants list. Seven of them serve barbecue. Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is the highest rated barbecue joint at #8. The list also includes Corkscrew BBQ, Gatlin’s BBQ, Pinkerton’s Barbecue, Roegels Barbecue Co., Tejas Chocolate Craftory, and Killen’s STQ.

The Woodlands BBQ Festival kicks off on October 8th. Get tickets before 9/31 for a 10% discount.

For fanatics and critics of the smoke ring:


Smoked Dallas rolled through town last weekend, and the Dallas Observer offered this photo recap.

The Smokin’s Blues & BBQ Festival kicks off in Duncanville on 10/13. They’re still looking for entrants to the BBQ competition on 10/14.

The State Fair of Texas is gonna get a dose of Flavortown:


The BBQ State of Mind podcast goes to the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston for a fascinating interview with Felix Powell of Powell’s BBQ.

“Puncture a hole in this bag and put it in your microwave, and in two minutes it smells like it came off the pit.” Randy Sadler of Sadler’s Smokehouse talking about their vacuum packed briskets sold in grocery stores.

Guess Family BBQ gets a nod from SI:


Cleo Baltimore, pitmaster at Billy Joe’s Bar-B-Q in Port Neches for the last 44 years, has passed away.

Cooper’s BBQ in downtown Austin had a fire last week. Thankfully, the damage didn’t cause them any significant down time.

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Rather than cook barbecue in a commissary, Smoque had their smoker installed on the twentieth floor of the building that houses their new location. I bet that elevator smells good.

“This smoke isn’t from a wildfire, cigarettes or weed; it’s barbecue smoke,” all over Los Angeles.

Dr. Jeffery Legg, an inspector for the USDA, was accused of intimidation by Montana business owners, including Bart Riley. He owns Riley’s Meats in Butte and described how his unfair treatment has scared his children away from the business.

A look inside Franklin Barbecue after the fire: