April 21, 2017

John Mueller is Back

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…

April 20, 2017

BBQ News: 04/14 – 04/20

– A Confederacy of mustard-lovers: The politics of barbecue and the legacy of a white supremacist: — The New Yorker (@NewYorker) April 17, 2017   – The Dallas Observer highlights some of the area’s newest barbecue trailers. – Houstonia takes…

April 17, 2017

The Barbecue Bill

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…

April 13, 2017

BBQ News: 04/07 – 04/13

– 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 – @BloodBrosBBQ @LouieMuellerBBQ…

April 6, 2017

BBQ News: 03/31 – 04/06

– 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: — First We Feast (@firstwefeast) April 5, 2017   – The Houston BBQ Festival…

March 30, 2017

BBQ News: 03/24 – 03/30

– 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:…

March 23, 2017

BBQ News: 03/10 – 03/23

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

March 20, 2017

Barbecue: A Film

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.

March 9, 2017

BBQ News: 02/24 – 03/09

– Brisket and pickle pizza alert: Brisket pizza dreams — 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…

February 23, 2017

BBQ News: 02/17 – 02/23

– A tasty dose of home-schooling, Central Texas style: BBQ Thursday Road Trip: Taylor and Austin #bbq #texas — Kelly Yandell (@KellyYandell) February 19, 2017   – Alison Cook declares in the Houston Chronicle, that the addition of Pinkerton’s Barbecue means…

February 16, 2017

BBQ News: 02/10 – 02/16

– 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…

February 9, 2017

BBQ News: 02/03 – 02/09

– 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.” — Extra Crispy (@extracrispy) February 5, 2017   – The Sausage King of Austin will be…

February 8, 2017

Texas Rangers Announce a BBQ Signing

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…

February 2, 2017

BBQ News: 01/27 – 02/02

– 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…

January 31, 2017

Carnal in Austin

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…

January 26, 2017

BBQ News: 01/20 – 01/26

– “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…

January 25, 2017

Weighing Your Options

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.

January 19, 2017

BBQ News: 01/13 – 01/19

– 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 — David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) January 16,…

January 12, 2017

BBQ News: 01/06 – 01/12

– 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 — Atlas Obscura (@atlasobscura) January 11, 2017   – Our new favorite…

January 5, 2017

BBQ News: 12/23 – 01/05

– Have we gone too far? Bacon-wrapped ribs: Bacon-wrapped ribs, and 7 delicious bacon-wrapped recipes – Fired Up Food — Heavy Metal BBQ (@HeavyMetal_BBQ) January 2, 2017   – With a new smoker, Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland plans to…

December 22, 2016

BBQ News: 12/16 – 12/22

– Barbecue deflation at Snow’s BBQ: The 10 best things I ate in 2016. — Danny Chau (@dannychau) December 20, 2016   – The Today Show sent a crew to Austin to see how they cook the barbecue at Franklin.  –…

December 15, 2016

BBQ News: 12/09 – 12/15

– 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,…

December 8, 2016

BBQ News: 12/02 – 12/08

– 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. — JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) December 2, 2016   – It looks…

December 1, 2016

The Barbecue Allergy

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…

December 1, 2016

BBQ News: 11/18 – 12/01

– 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…

November 18, 2016

Barbecue Line Etiquette

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…

November 17, 2016

BBQ News: 11/11 – 11/17

– 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…

November 10, 2016

BBQ News: 11/04 – 11/10

– Austin’s? I think you meant “the World’s.” The making of one of Austin’s very best breakfast tacos — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) November 5, 2016   – The upscale smoked meat restaurant Smoky Rose will open later this year across from…

November 3, 2016

BBQ News: 10/28 – 11/03

– 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…

October 27, 2016

Stiles Switch is Expanding

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…

October 27, 2016

BBQ News: 10/21 – 10/27

– 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…

October 24, 2016

TMBBQ 2017 Top 50 Nominations

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…

October 20, 2016

BBQ News: 10/14 – 10/20

– 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,…

October 13, 2016

BBQ News: 10/07 – 10/13

– 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…

October 12, 2016

Hacking Wood Cooked BBQ in Houston

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…

October 6, 2016

M-Train BBQ Takes Over John Mueller Lot

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…

October 6, 2016

BBQ News: 09/30 – 10/06

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

September 29, 2016

BBQ News: 09/23 – 09/29

– 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.

September 22, 2016

BBQ News: 09/16 – 09/22

– 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…

September 15, 2016

BBQ News: 09/09 – 09/15

– How to roast a whole cow: This is what it’s like to roast a 1,000-pound cow: — MUNCHIES (@munchies) September 15, 2016   – Smith “Smitty” McArthur of Smitty’s BBQ in Brownwood passed away. The Brownwood Examiner penned…

September 8, 2016

BBQ News: 09/02 – 09/08

– 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:…

September 1, 2016

BBQ News: 08/26 – 09/01

– 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 — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) August 30, 2016   – USA…

August 25, 2016

BBQ News: 08/19 – 08/25

– 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:…

August 22, 2016

Evan LeRoy Leaving Freedmen’s Bar

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…

August 18, 2016

BBQ News: 08/05 – 08/18

– 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?…

August 4, 2016

BBQ News: 07/29 – 08/04

– 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…

July 28, 2016

BBQ News: 07/22 – 07/28

– 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…

July 21, 2016

BBQ News: 07/15 – 07/21

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

July 14, 2016

BBQ News: 07/08 – 07/14

– 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…

July 7, 2016

BBQ News: 07/01 – 07/07

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