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BBQ News: 06/02 – 06/08

Jun 8, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

Take a trip to BBQ Camp: What’s barbecue camp like? @gregmorago @alisoncook + @jcreidtx discuss in this week’s BBQ State of Mind podcast: https://t.co/Rf3Q33R3rA — Jody Schmal (@jodyschmal) June 7, 2017   Tales from the Pits, a new podcast about…

BBQ News: 05/12 – 05/25

May 25, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– We had a little barbecue joint list come out this week: The 2017 Top 50 BBQ Joint list. – Three new names have been added to the Barbecue Hall of Fame. – The Houston Chronicle had some thoughts about how hard it is to get barbecue…

BBQ News: 05/05 – 05/11

May 11, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– We love this slo-mo brisket drop: Here’s a totally unoriginal, slow-mo video of a brisket jiggling. It was too good not to post?. #txbbq #lubbock #wolfforth #texasbbq #bbq #brisket #cincodemayo…

Hot Luck Preview

May 9, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

Aaron Franklin’s Hot Luck festival will debut in Austin in a couple weeks. Despite Franklin’s involvement, this isn’t strictly a barbecue festival, but smoked meat fans needn’t worry. There are still plenty of talented pitmasters coming to Austin for the highly anticipated food festival. The Hi Lo and Al…

BBQ News: 04/28 – 05/04

May 4, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– Charlie’s BBQ in Houston was a total loss in an early morning fire: AERIAL VIEWS: Fire at Charlie’s BBQ in N. Harris County https://t.co/n5nHonACdx #KHOU #HouNews pic.twitter.com/c1wHqFuAZ8 — KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) May 4, 2017   – New…

BBQ News: 04/21 – 04/27

Apr 27, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– George H W Bush has good taste when ordering barbecue during his recent hospital stay. He called Houston’s Roegels Barbecue Co. – The Houston Chronicle examined the origins of the offset brick smoker in Texas. – Houstonia Mag loved the tacos served on brisket fat tortillas…

John Mueller is Back

Apr 21, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

Just when you think John Mueller might be out of the barbecue game for good, he pops up somewhere hitched to a new trailer. And the pitmaster made a big announcement last Saturday on the “Great Outdoors” show on 1300 AM in Austin: His new Black Box Barbecue food truck will…

BBQ News: 04/14 – 04/20

Apr 20, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– A Confederacy of mustard-lovers: The politics of barbecue and the legacy of a white supremacist: https://t.co/bB73DusgRh pic.twitter.com/T3zY3e7UyH — The New Yorker (@NewYorker) April 17, 2017   – The Dallas Observer highlights some of the area’s newest barbecue trailers. – Houstonia takes…

The Barbecue Bill

Apr 17, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

House Bill 2029 is officially titled Weights and Scales in Restaurants, but a spokesman for the office of Representative J.M. Lozano, who filed the bill, has a more succinct moniker: the barbecue bill. The bill, which will go before the House on Tuesday, looks at the Texas Department of Agriculture’s scale…

BBQ News: 04/07 – 04/13

Apr 13, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Houston Chronicle featured all the pitmasters of the Houston BBQ Festival in these mini profiles. – Scenes from the Houston BBQ Festival: Sights and bites from 2017 #HouBBQ Festival. We had a wonderful time – https://t.co/UC8aBlYuKS @BloodBrosBBQ @LouieMuellerBBQ…

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.