Every other week, Daniel Vaughn compiles the latest in barbecue news and unearths a few surprises. Here’s the roundup for November 9-November 23.

For anyone in need of a free, hot Thanksgiving meal in Dallas, the folks at both The Slow Bone and Mockingbird Diner will once again celebrate Free Bird starting at noon on Thanksgiving Day.

Eater released its list of the 38 best restaurants in America, and two of them are Texas barbecue joints:

Texas Monthly’s barbecue list gets a nod in this thought-provoking story where a food critic ponders whether his list killed a burger joint after he named it the best burger in America.

After Jordan Jackson reopened the original Bodacious BBQ in Longview, it became a Top 10 barbecue joint on our 2017 list. Now he plans to reopen the Gladewater location, and rumor is that it will be serving barbecue next week.

Banger’s Sausage House in Austin is coming in hot with a new smokehouse dedicated to the art of whole hog barbecue.

A new mystery BBQ joint in Dallas looks to poach talent:

Loro in Austin debuted some new menu items, including a smoked turkey Reuben. This comes just after they added baby back ribs.

Thrillist profiles Seguin native Ty Machado, a sixteen-year-old steak cooking champ who’s not really dying to win.

A dozen high school barbecue teams gathered in Belton over the weekend for the High School BBQ Cookers Association Regional Cook Off.

Best brisket? Debatable, but I’d vote for sharpest slicing knife:

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The smoked brisket debris po-boy from Buck’s BBQ Co. in Houston was highlighted by Fox 26 in Houston.

Russ Lewis of KHOU took a drive around Houston to find out what makes the city’s barbecue so special.

If you love the carrot soufflé from Tejas Chocolate in Tomball, this recipe from the Homesick Texan may be of interest.

Valentina’s and its brand of Tex-Mex BBQ was featured on CNN:

Fifty-year-old Jesus BBQ in Fort Worth just underwent a substantial remodel, and it’s back open for business.

Rosako’s Soul Food and BBQ in Bedford is doing smoked turkey with waffles made of dressing and giblet gravy.

The Texas BBQ Posse got an early look at the brand new Uptown Bar-B-Q in Dallas.

Smoked jackfruit is having a moment:

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters fame is planning a new barbecue venture called Back Beat BBQ.

Burt Bakman ran notable underground L.A. barbecue joint Trudy’s, but he’s traded in his stick burner for a rotisserie smoker at the new SLAB barbecue.

Francis Mallmann, the king of Argentinian barbecue has announced his new book will focus on vegan barbecue:

There’s a new gift guide out for this year from the folks at AmazingRibs.com.

A vat of Brunswick stew was fingered as the food poisoning culprit at a recent North Carolina church barbecue.

Just try not to sing along with this classic: