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BBQ News: 03/31 – 04/06

Apr 6, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– Somebody’s mad at Texas barbecue: Eating good barbecue doesn’t mean it can’t have sauce. A ‘cue historian talks these rules, and how to break them: https://t.co/EfqEgXavvF pic.twitter.com/qSMlxpYZ2m — First We Feast (@firstwefeast) April 5, 2017   – The Houston BBQ Festival…

BBQ News: 03/24 – 03/30

Mar 30, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– For Matthew Odam, the new Kemuri-Tatsuya in Austin is an “izakaya smokehouse that blurs the lines between Japan and Texas.” – There is now a new flavor of Payday candy bars with the “flavor of Texas BBQ.” – Beef ribs are having a moment:…

BBQ News: 03/10 – 03/23

Mar 23, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– Gotta try those juicy links in Port Arthur: I can’t get enough of the wonderful, wacky world of Port Arthur barbecue. #setxbbq https://t.co/aP3McpG2Fu — J.C. Reid (@jcreidtx) March 11, 2017   – The Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival will host Black’s…

Barbecue: A Film

Mar 20, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

A version of this article was first published in SXSWorld Magazine. The film debuted last week at SXSW. The whole of America is in the midst of full-on barbecue worship. Of late that fascination has spread across the globe, and the new stuff looks a whole lot like Texas barbecue.

BBQ News: 02/24 – 03/09

Mar 9, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– Brisket and pickle pizza alert: Brisket pizza dreams https://t.co/SefzsYeiRm — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) March 7, 2017   – The BBQ Recon team headed out to the Brotherton/LeRoy pop-up in Pflugerville and filed a report. – Stiles Switch in Austin is hosting 39…

BBQ News: 02/17 – 02/23

Feb 23, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– A tasty dose of home-schooling, Central Texas style: BBQ Thursday Road Trip: Taylor and Austin #bbq #texas https://t.co/6DSOvmjnjQ — Kelly Yandell (@KellyYandell) February 19, 2017   – Alison Cook declares in the Houston Chronicle, that the addition of Pinkerton’s Barbecue means…

BBQ News: 02/10 – 02/16

Feb 16, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– Houston BBQ joint owner involved in high speed chase:   – J C Reid makes the case for Houston as a hotbed for barbecue “startups” with Pappas Charlie’s as a shining example. – Houston Food Finder searched the city for spots that are making their own…

BBQ News: 02/03 – 02/09

Feb 9, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– Do you know which sausage is the loudest? “Science is all too often stereotyped as academic and aloof, and I am passionate about dispelling that.” https://t.co/cbXrbZE0m7 — Extra Crispy (@extracrispy) February 5, 2017   – The Sausage King of Austin will be…

Texas Rangers Announce a BBQ Signing

Feb 8, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

On opening day of the 2018 Texas Rangers season, you’ll be able to enjoy a Kreuz Market sausage before the game. Texas Live!, a new dining and entertainment development is coming to Arlington. Situated between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, the $250 million project will house the third location…

BBQ News: 01/27 – 02/02

Feb 2, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– Emilio and Christi Soliz are cooking their own brand of Mexi-Q at Kings Hwy Brew & Q in San Antonio. – 2M Smokehouse got some high praise from San Antonio Express News critic Mike Sutter. – Pitt Stop BBQ in Lufkin might be the cleanest barbecue…

Carnal in Austin

Jan 31, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

There’s a new beef rib in town. Carnal has found a temporary home in Austin, the epicenter of the Texas barbecue boom, while their spot back home, Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, is closed for the winter. James Zamory and Aaron Saurer, the duo that make up Carnal, draw inspiration from Texas’s…

BBQ News: 01/20 – 01/26

Jan 26, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– “I think people that have secrets in cooking, I really think they’re a**holes.” – Pat Martin: – The KCBS is now accepting nominations for their BBQ Hall of Fame through March 1st. – Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is now open for dinner, and they’re planning…

Weighing Your Options

Jan 25, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

Update: Mark Loeffler, communications director for the Texas Department of Agriculture*, provided more details on their enforcement effort. Operation Maverick was launched in June 2015 to target any business buying or selling goods by weight. He didn’t have current numbers, but by March 2016, they had inspected 1,400 barbecue joints.

BBQ News: 01/13 – 01/19

Jan 19, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– The playoffs can be tough, but don’t leave your grill behind: When your team loses in the playoffs and you just say the hell with it & leave the Weber in the parking lot. #chiefs pic.twitter.com/sFSGGtrTUb — David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) January 16,…

BBQ News: 01/06 – 01/12

Jan 12, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– This breed of dog was essential to barbecue in the 1600’s: For hundreds of years the now-extinct turnspit dog was specially bred just to turn a roasting mechanism for meat https://t.co/1SJJYtrE1S — Atlas Obscura (@atlasobscura) January 11, 2017   – Our new favorite…

BBQ News: 12/23 – 01/05

Jan 5, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– Have we gone too far? Bacon-wrapped ribs: Bacon-wrapped ribs, and 7 delicious bacon-wrapped recipes – Fired Up Food https://t.co/4cAVUQSCV8 pic.twitter.com/fcMCrziQFy — Heavy Metal BBQ (@HeavyMetal_BBQ) January 2, 2017   – With a new smoker, Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland plans to…

BBQ News: 12/16 – 12/22

Dec 22, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Barbecue deflation at Snow’s BBQ: The 10 best things I ate in 2016. https://t.co/t7VF8wa4UW — Danny Chau (@dannychau) December 20, 2016   – The Today Show sent a crew to Austin to see how they cook the barbecue at Franklin.  –…

BBQ News: 12/09 – 12/15

Dec 15, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– This blast from Jim Henson’s past may make you miss your mama’s barbecue:   – J C Reid of the Houston Chronicle samples the new-school barbecue at Pinkerton’s. – Just in time for a Houston Super Bowl, a bunch of new restaurants are opening in downtown,…

BBQ News: 12/02 – 12/08

Dec 8, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Louie Gohmert has a burning desire to cook ribs at the US Capital: Louie Gohmert is still mad the Architect of the Capitol tried to shut down his balcony barbecue operation. pic.twitter.com/tvxjEi4fev — JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) December 2, 2016   – It looks…

The Barbecue Allergy

Dec 1, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

What is your greatest fear? It’s a simple question you’re rarely faced with outside of an interview setting. We just got a new editor in chief (congrats to Tim Taliaferro) at Texas Monthly, so I may have to reinterview for this barbecue editor gig. You never know how these things…

BBQ News: 11/18 – 12/01

Dec 1, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– The world’s largest barbecue pit went to Galveston to help cook Thanksgiving dinner for the Salvation Army:   – “[A] Yeti cooler may be the greatest source of weekender braggadocio since the Big Green Egg smoker.” – “And like French wine and Italian cheese, the…

Barbecue Line Etiquette

Nov 18, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

I had arrived at Cattleack Barbecue in Dallas later than I’d planned. I expected the line to be long at 11:15 that morning, but it was a real whopper. It snaked through the stanchions set up to herd the crowd and all the way down the side of the new…

BBQ News: 11/11 – 11/17

Nov 17, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Meat Fight in Dallas raised $175,000 in the fight against MS. – The Dallas Observer has a slideshow from Meat Fight. – Check out these scenes from the 7th annul Blues ,Bandits, & BBQ fest in Oak Cliff. – It’s just that the…

BBQ News: 11/04 – 11/10

Nov 10, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Austin’s? I think you meant “the World’s.” The making of one of Austin’s very best breakfast tacos https://t.co/V2dZfTIdjB — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) November 5, 2016   – The upscale smoked meat restaurant Smoky Rose will open later this year across from…

BBQ News: 10/28 – 11/03

Nov 3, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival wrapped up on Sunday, and the Brisket and Bagels blog has a great collection of photos from the event. – The barbecue festival was also well covered by Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt, Escape Hatch Dallas, and… – …The…

Stiles Switch is Expanding

Oct 27, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

Five years after opening, Texas Monthly Top 50 barbecue joint Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is expanding. The original isn’t going anywhere, but a taste of their excellent beef ribs will be a lot closer for barbecue fans in Dripping Springs around this time next year. The build-to-suit project west…

BBQ News: 10/21 – 10/27

Oct 27, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– You have three days to get your tickets to Sunday’s Texas Monthly BBQ Festival. – You have four days to get us your nomination for the next Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ List. – The fourth installment of Burnt Legend:   – Tuffy…

TMBBQ 2017 Top 50 Nominations

Oct 24, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

This coming Sunday, we’ll host the TMBBQ Festival in Austin (tickets are available here), where the best of Texas barbecue comes to serve as much barbecue as you can eat. Every barbecue joint in attendance was featured in our Texas Monthly Top 50 list (plus a few newcomers), but…

BBQ News: 10/14 – 10/20

Oct 20, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Dallas Observer talked with Travis and Emma Heim, of Fort Worth’s Heim Barbecue, about the challenges of running their own barbecue joint. – The Star Telegram profiled the owners of Big D BBQ in Mansfield. – The Pitmaster Picnic, benefitting Café Momentum,…

BBQ News: 10/07 – 10/13

Oct 13, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Apparently, Arby’s thinks smoking a brisket is pretty easy. Then again, they just have to warm it up in the microwave:   – J C Reid asks if the character of a pitmaster matters when choosing which barbecue joints to visit. – M-Train BBQ…

Hacking Wood Cooked BBQ in Houston

Oct 12, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

There was some empty talk last year about Austin banning wood-cooked barbecue. The proposal went up in, ahem, smoke, and disappointed salesman for expensive “smoke scrubbers” were forced to turn their attention to other cities. The episode reminded us how much we cherish the traditional cooking methods of Texas barbecue…

M-Train BBQ Takes Over John Mueller Lot

Oct 6, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

There’s some life at John Mueller’s old lot at 6th and Pedernales in Austin. M-Train BBQ opened quietly last Friday to “test the waters,” as owner Mikey Perez puts it. A new food truck and a new trailer-mounted, custom-built smoker now sit in the lot behind Kellee’s Place…

BBQ News: 09/30 – 10/06

Oct 6, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Behold the Bubba tater: Not for purists: @jcreidtx on that guilty bbq pleasure, the loaded baked potato https://t.co/Q1H23FztPj via @HoustonChron — Alison Cook (@alisoncook) October 2, 2016   – Aaron Franklin on his parents’s short-lived foray into barbecue: “It took them…

BBQ News: 09/23 – 09/29

Sep 29, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Barbecue, a film from Australia-based Urtext Films, is set to release next year. Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker traveled across the globe to film different barbecue traditions: SAFC supported doco, Barbecue, to be released in 2017, examines the bonds people forge over meat and fire.

BBQ News: 09/16 – 09/22

Sep 22, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Tootsie Tomanetz of Snow’s BBQ has been cooking barbecue for 50 years, and at 81, she has no plans to stop. – Based on the BBQ reference alone, I’ve gotta vote Hogzillas: Here are the nickname finalists for the new minor league team…

BBQ News: 09/09 – 09/15

Sep 15, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– How to roast a whole cow: This is what it’s like to roast a 1,000-pound cow: https://t.co/hoHNi1HCf9 pic.twitter.com/2gxI7zxNdU — MUNCHIES (@munchies) September 15, 2016   – Smith “Smitty” McArthur of Smitty’s BBQ in Brownwood passed away. The Brownwood Examiner penned…

BBQ News: 09/02 – 09/08

Sep 8, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Tickets to the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival go on sale at 10:00am today. – Meat Fight has announced its chef competitors for the event later this year. Tickets go on sale on 10/04. – Pig Stand #41 is likely to be demolished:…

BBQ News: 08/26 – 09/01

Sep 1, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Texas Tech study shows that antibiotic-resistant bacteria from cattle feedlots can be spread by the Panhandle winds. – The most important meal: Breakfast taco perfection from @Valstexmexbbq https://t.co/V2dZfTIdjB pic.twitter.com/bDy8Toys6h — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) August 30, 2016   – USA…

BBQ News: 08/19 – 08/25

Aug 25, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Operation BBQ Relief is doing some amazing work in the flood-affected areas of Louisiana. Will Cleaver provided this update from their efforts. As of Tuesday, they had served over 180,000 meals. They need your donations. – John Mueller Meat Co. in Austin seized for non-payment of taxes:…

Evan LeRoy Leaving Freedmen’s Bar

Aug 22, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

Talented pitmaster Evan LeRoy has left his position at Freedmen’s Bar in Austin. He’s planning a place of his own, but details are still vague. LeRoy told me over the phone that he hoped to have something open in the Austin area within the next year, and…

BBQ News: 08/05 – 08/18

Aug 18, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– BBQ guru Steven Raichlen shared his favorite stops for smoked meat with the Daily Beast, and Texas gets plenty of love. – These are the most influential barbecue joints in the country. – Why not try beef chuck in the smoker?…

BBQ News: 07/29 – 08/04

Aug 4, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Delish looks at the wild world of cooking competitions, including how to become a barbecue judge. – Tasty Meat polled a number of notable grillers about common grilling mistakes. They shared the 25 most common ones. – I talked with the Leisuremen radio…

BBQ News: 07/22 – 07/28

Jul 28, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Livestock producers have increased supplies of hogs and cattle to a level described by Bloomberg as a “meat mountain.” Meat just keeps getting cheaper. – Beware pitmasters. The Atlantic dives into the root causes of tuberculosis, and determines that it might have first developed in…

BBQ News: 07/15 – 07/21

Jul 21, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– We second the motion: [email protected] proudly casts all his votes for the next Pitmaster General of the United States—Aaron Franklin! pic.twitter.com/eOsgJ5o9eo — Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) July 19, 2016   – A man in Austin said he worked at Franklin…

BBQ News: 07/08 – 07/14

Jul 14, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Meat Fight 1K is a fun run minus the running. Twenty food vendors line the 3,281 foot course. Registration begins tomorrow morning. – Pecan Lodge is offering free meals to Dallas police officers through July 17th. – Pecan Lodge had a brief pit fire…

BBQ News: 07/01 – 07/07

Jul 7, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Brisket in NC was the meal for President Obama at Midwood Smokehouse: Obama and Clinton stop for BBQ at Midwood Smokehouse pic.twitter.com/GZBJ9Ppeaf — Margaret Talev (@margarettalev) July 5, 2016   – A Houston blogger ordered enough smoked meat at La Barbecue for…

BBQ News: 06/24 – 06/30

Jun 30, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Barbecue Week begins on July 10th. Every order of a barbecue plate listed here provides a $1 donation to Foodways Texas. – The former governor is a big fan of Truth BBQ in Brenham:…

BBQ News: 06/17 – 06/23

Jun 23, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– From First We Feast: How the Texas BBQ Boom Marginalizes Its African-American Roots. – Over this past weekend, Greg Gatlin of Gatlin’s BBQ in Houston made some traditional Beaumont beef links. – Rock thrower not impressed with Franklin Barbecue: The suspected…

BBQ News: 06/10 – 06/16

Jun 16, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– It’s Barbecue Week on Eater: Barbecue Week on Eater starts right now: https://t.co/pdFL0tyPwT pic.twitter.com/XDZt49W5MV — Eater (@Eater) June 13, 2016   – Here are the best ribs in Austin according to Eater Austin.  – Eater Houston talks with…

Brisket isn’t Barbecue

Jun 15, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

There are plenty of pedantic conversations shared between barbecue devotees that are usually discussed loudly after a few beers. The latest to join the fray is Chris Fuhrmeister, an Atlanta-based food writer for Eater. He felt the best way to kick off Eater’s barbecue week was by clearing up what,…