– In one of the laziest pieces of barbecue journalism I’ve seen, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune showed up at Franklin Barbecue in Austin fifteen minutes before they opened, abandoned the long line, came back two hours later, and was mad that she didn’t get barbecue. She penned a complaint letter disguised as an article.

– The Chicagoans did find some barbecue elsewhere. Here’s a list of their favorites.

– The New Yorker takes a look inside the world of competition barbecue with competitor Moe Cason.

– JC Reid of the Houston Chronicle reminds us that it might be time for a barbecue run.

– Austin Monthly spotlights Terry Black’s BBQ:


– The Austin American Statesman on Terry Black’s BBQ: “If Black’s Barbecue of Lockhart is the Band with Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson, and Aaron Franklin is early Wilco, some of these newcomers are cranking ’cue that sounds like the Lumineers.”

– The Smoking Ho was not impressed with House Park BBQ in Austin. 

– A new barbecue joint just opened in San Antonio. Alamo Ice House BBQ & Brew is on the northeast side of  downtown.

– Curly’s Carolina, Texas BBQ closed in Round Rock

– Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland was named the #3 best new restaurant in Houston by Houstonia Magazine. 

– Johnny Fugitt is looking for the best 100 barbecue joints across the country. He stopped in Dallas last week. 

– So, McDonald’s…you’re sticking with Soho BBQ?


– An Oink vs. Moo debate outside of Albany, New York ended in a draw.

– Full & Content went to the St. Louis Day Festival in Castroville and will be drawn back next year for another bite of the perfect chopped beef sandwich.

Texas loves brisket, and we tweet a lot about it too.

– A collection of tasting notes on human flesh, yet none of them mention what it tastes like smoked.

– REK loves Billy’s BBQ in Bastrop:


– Friday, Noble Sandwich Company in Austin will hold a wild boar barbecue and beer dinner. 

– On Saturday, Austoberfest is bringing beer and a multitude of smoked sausages to Saengerrunde Hall. 

– Also this Saturday in Austin there’s a Texas BBQ party with pig and cocktails at the Half Step. 

– Cochon 555 is bringing an event called Heritage BBQ to Austin on Sunday. Austin Monthly wants to get you in for free. 

Blues, Bandits & BBQ is coming to Oak Cliff on 11/15, and they’re looking for barbecue teams to sign up now. 

– KEYE talks up the barbecue, smoked banana pudding, and smoked beets at Freedmens Bar in Austin:


Car Con Carne is the only barbecue podcast recorded in a car. They’re looking for investors.

– Bud Kennedy Eats Beat podcast (at the bottom of the page) features pitmaster Billy Woodrich of Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ. He discusses a new location that he’s working on.

Woody B’s BBQ in Richardson was profiled by D Magazine.

– Texas A&M brought the Barbecue Genius counter to the TMBBQ Fest. Here’s a report on their experience.

– The Houston Chronicle praises the barbecue at Corkscrew BBQ in Spring, saying that “Their smoked meats now rank with the city and state’s best.”:


– The secrets of smoking brisket from Matt Pittman of Meat Church

– You can now order Dickey’s BBQ from your couch, but you still have to go pick it up at the restaurant. 

– At the very end of his weekly column Punt, Pass & Pork (yes, that’s the real name), Andy Staples shows his disdain for Kansas City’s penchant for saucing their barbecue without you asking. He prefers the way they do it at Kreuz Market. 

– Hanna Raskin in Charleston writes about reporting on pitmasters without romanticizing them. 

– Former Louie Mueller Barbecue pitmaster Tony White spotted in Seattle: