Hungry in Houston?
Check our fav new bbq picks from our April issue, which is out now! https://t.co/6xGyMAeIF6
— houstoniamag (@HoustoniaMag) April 1, 2020
And here is Houstonia’s guide for the Houston-area barbecue joints offering takeout.
Kingsford is pledging $250,000 total to a number of barbecue joints across the country. The first two $10,000 donations in Texas went to Daddy Duncan’s BBQ in Katy and Kerlin BBQ in Austin.
Houston-area Kroger stores have partnered with a couple of local restaurants, including Burns Original BBQ, to package prepared meals to sell at their stores.
He has retained his entire staff at three locations:
I spoke with Wayne Kammerl of @TheBrisketHouse on the latest & greatest ideas for weathering the coronavirus pandemic. My latest for the @HoustonChron. #HouBBQ https://t.co/BDwclpChcC pic.twitter.com/ZbLro2Kb95
— J.C. Reid (@jcreidtx) April 11, 2020
Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine in Fort Worth was robbed, and the thiefs stole a Southern Pride smoker.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram found a number of socially distanced barbecue lines in the area.
Travis Heim of Heim Barbecue discussed the creative ways he’s trying to keep his business above water, which includes becoming a raw-meat vendor from his and wife Emma’s two restaurants.
Mando Vera of Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que in Brownsville talked with the Southwest Food Service News about the history of the restaurant and his barbacoa method.
A Corpus Christi brewery adds barbecue to stay afloat:
The Nueces Brewing Company needed something quick to keep its doors open. Owners turned to a pit smoker that's resulted in some delicious brisket and sausage to keep the Coastal Bend fed.
— KRIS 6 News (@KRIS6News) April 9, 2020
Cattleack Barbeque in Dallas gave away three hundred pounds of brisket to the needy on Wednesday morning by distributing sixty bags of chopped brisket, with no questions asked.
Teddy’s BBQ in Weslaco is still open for its barbecue customers, and it’s also providing free meals to those in need.
Lisa Turner, cofounder of the Longhorn Cattle Company barbecue joint in San Benito, has passed away.
Gordon Decker isn’t stopping his Friday night barbecue tradition:
— Daniel Vaughn (@BBQsnob) April 13, 2020
In Texas, LiftFund and Goldman Sachs have partnered to provide $50 million in small business relief loans tied to the PPP. Governor Greg Abbott announced the new fund along with Brent Reaves of Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que in Dallas.
“[R]egardless of how much you ask of chefs and restaurants, they show up. Even when we were the first industry to completely get annihilated by this, we show up.” —Hugh Acheson
D Magazine highlighted all the Dallas-area butcher shops still open and operating.
Sam Adams and the Greg Hill Foundation announced the Restaurant Strong Fund:
We’re excited to announce that we’re expanding our Restaurant Strong Fund to 19 more states around the country. THANK YOU to everyone who has already helped or donated. Together, we can support those in the restaurant industry who have been so impacted by closures. pic.twitter.com/FVj4kgN27A
— Samuel Adams Beer (@SamuelAdamsBeer) April 3, 2020
Folks in the Texas beef industry discussed the challenges of shifting their business to serve retail rather than restaurants now that restaurant demand for beef has plummeted.
The coronavirus pandemic has created an enormous surplus of chicken wings, and their price has been cut in half.
Fifty-five percent of all people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in South Dakota worked at this pork processing plant:
Smithfield Foods, the world's biggest pork processor, is shutting its meatpacking plant in South Dakota after a rash of coronavirus cases among employees https://t.co/nheeYnKG3j pic.twitter.com/Fz8vHyLZVQ
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 13, 2020
Cargill, JBS, and Tyson have all halted production in at least one of each of their meat processing plants.
Mother Jones reported on the lack of social distancing on the lines and in the cafeterias at two chicken-processing plants, and the hard choices employees must make to balance their safety and their income.
Cattle carcasses are getting so big that some beef cuts may just disappear. The seven-bone steak and the round steak have fallen in popularity, and large cuts like the porterhouse steak might be next.
Howard Conyers provided an explanation of South Carolina barbecue hash, including why it’s hard to find a version with pig lungs included.
Robert Moss was surprised to find hash being served at Texas barbecue joints, including LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue in Austin, and in Houston at Roegels Barbecue Co. and Feges BBQ.
On opening a second BBQ location during a pandemic:
— WRAL OutandAbout (@WRALOutandAbout) April 8, 2020
Jones Bar-B-Q in Kansas City has installed a new piece of equipment, but it’s not for cooking. The temperature-controlled vending machine doles out barbecue sandwiches at all hours.
If you find yourself hanging out indoors more often lately, maybe you’d like some indoor barbecue recipes.
I mean, it will sit and stay on command:
Can a brisket be considered an emotional support animal?
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) April 10, 2020
Bette, I think Tim Carman has your answer:
— Going Out Guide (@goingoutguide) April 10, 2020
Texas barbecue joints that have temporarily closed:
- Alamo BBQ Co. in San Antonio is temporarily closed while the space is being used to distribute meals for the needy. Its sister restaurant, Two Bros. BBQ Market, remains open.
- B and D Ice House in San Antonio is temporarily closed.
- Billy’s Oak Acres in Fort Worth is closed while they search for a new location.
- Dozier’s BBQ in Fulshear is closed until April 24, but they’re still offering barbecue shipping.
- Feges BBQ in Houston has closed temporarily, but keep an eye on its Facebook page for potential pop-ups.
- Hard Eight Pit BBQ locations across Texas are temporarily closed, but they’re still offering barbecue shipping.
- Hays Co. BBQ in San Marcos is temporarily closed.
- Jay’s BBQ Shack in Abilene is temporarily closed.
- Kat’s Barbecue in Santa Fe is closed temporarily due to “supply shortages.”
- Kerlin BBQ in Austin has closed indefinitely, and it has set up a GoFundMe page to continue paying its employees.
- Lambert’s BBQ in Austin is temporarily closed.
- LaVaca BBQ in Port Lavaca is currently fulfilling catering orders only.
- Liberty BBQ in Round Rock is temporarily closed, but you can still get John Brotherton’s barbecue down the road at Brotherton’s Black Iron BBQ in Pflugerville.
- Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor is temporarily closed, but it’s still shipping its barbecue.
- Snow’s BBQ in Lexington is temporarily closed but still offers barbecue shipping.
- South BBQ & Kitchen in San Antonio is temporarily closed.
- Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que in Tyler is temporarily closed.
- Taco Bronco, the sister restaurant of Micklethwait Craft Meats in Austin (which is still very much open), is closed indefinitely.
- The BBQ Place in El Campo is temporarily closed.
- The Shack BBQ in Lubbock is temporarily closed.
- True Texas BBQ locations inside H-E-B stores across the state are closed indefinitely.
- Truth BBQ’s Brenham location is temporarily closed, but the Houston location is still operating.
- Big Boys BBQ in Sweetwater will reopen later this week for Friday and Saturday service.
- Goldee’s Barbecue in Fort Worth reopened last weekend, and they’re taking preorders for this coming weekend.
- JNL Barbecue in Austin has found a new spot for their truck at Buzzmill, and they’ve reopened.
- Triple J’s Smokehouse Barbecue in Houston is taking preorders and offering local delivery.