– A look back at the life of Calvin “Boots” Payne, the founder of Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, who passed away last week.

– Guns and Roses played a show in Dallas and took the opportunity to stop by Pecan Lodge and help make some sausage.


– I’m burying the lede here in hopes that I can get there before anyone notices. Starting next week on June 12th, Pecan Lodge will expand their hours to include Wednesdays. Top 4 BBQ, 5 days a week.

– One of our 2013 Top 50 BBQ Joints has closed. We’re sad to see Hashknife on the Chisholm have to call it quits.

– A die-hard Texas barbecue fan from Frisco started a blog to chronicle his goal of eating at all 50 of Texas Monthly’s BBQ list in just 50 weeks. He made it to Hashknife on their final day in business.

– Scott Roberts, owner of the Salt Lick, talks about Texas barbecue in a recent interview – “The United States is the best damn country in the world, and Texas is the best damn state in the country – doesn’t that just logically mean that we would have the best damn barbecue?”

– Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q in Tyler have added beef short ribs to the menu every Friday and Saturday night.


– Ronnie Killen had a brisket stolen in the middle of the night. They took it right off the smoker parked behind Killen’s Steakhouse down in Pearland.

– Word is that famed pit maker Jaime Geer of Jambopits has opened a new barbecue joint south of Fort Worth called Jambo’s BBQ Shack. From his pit website he says “Jambo Pits are the best smokers money can buy.” This makes his choice to use an Ole Hickory rotisserie a bit confusing.

– If you were making plans to visit Austin to eat at Franklin Barbecue in late June or early July, you’ll need to eat elsewhere.


– For barbecue of a different ilk than Texas brisket, use this guide to help you find some snoots in St. Louis.

– Finally, Baylor head football coach Art Briles is partial to Texas barbecue. From a recent interview with SB Nation:

SH: Does Texas have the best barbecue in the nation?

AB: Everyone’s wondering who’s gonna be No. 2.

SH: And brisket is the king of barbecues?

AB: I’m a little biased, but yessir.

Though he’s noncommittal when asked to name his favorite joint, we support coach’s thoughts on brisket.

Each week at TMBBQ we round up the news from the world of barbecue. Got a story you think we should feature? Let us know at tmbbq@texasmonthly.com