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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,…

BBQ News: 06/03 – 06/09

Jun 9, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Texas BBQ at the James Beard House: Texas twinkies, slow-smoked brisket, and burnt end beans by @HutchinsBBQ at the #BeardHouse https://t.co/iP2IuWrKka pic.twitter.com/V6rszHJTg9 — Beard Foundation (@beardfoundation) June 8, 2016   – Myron Mixon attempts to bust five grilling…

Juneteenth BBQ Competition in Dallas

Jun 6, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

The seventh annual Elm Thicket/Northpark Juneteenth barbecue competition in Dallas is looking for competitors. It’s being held at the K. B. Polk recreation center, near Love Field, on Saturday, June 18. There’s no prize money, but, as organizer Virgil Lee told me, there are “bragging rights.” For the…

BBQ News: 05/27 – 06/02

Jun 2, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– If you haven’t yet, you need to go: Take a trip out to Cele Store, where barbecue, history, and movies collide https://t.co/YEbEnnYYO4 — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) May 27, 2016   – Wyatt McSpadden shared some of the barbecue portraits he’s taken over the…

BBQ News: 05/20 – 05/26

May 26, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Kelly Yandell began homeschooling her son this year, and created BBQ Thursday as part of his curriculum. He passed with flying colors. – A new look at BBQ around the country: We expect BBQ to be a bargain, which is why many spots…

BBQ News: 05/13 – 05/19

May 19, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Rougned Odor’s punch earned him free barbecue for life in Ft. Worth: [email protected] EATS FREE at Heim BBQ t-shirts on sale now at https://t.co/qOWi3feEt7 all proceeds go to Joey Bats jaw re-alignment surgery… — Heim Barbecue (@HeimBBQ) May 16, 2016   –…

BBQ News: 05/06 – 05/12

May 12, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– King Ranch chicken in tube form: As seen at @tmbbq fest: the recipe for @evanleroy’s Smoked King Ranch Sausage https://t.co/vh5OnHUtGO pic.twitter.com/7bYdgkGkEr — Jess Pryles (@jesspryles) May 8, 2016   – Dai Due in Austin is now offering an option to…

BBQ News: 04/29 – 05/05

May 5, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– “The whole house is still redolent of smoke. If there’s a better scent, I have yet to encounter it.” – Ruth Reichl – These are the up-and-coming pitmasters across the country according to Thrillist, most of which are cooking Texas style. – Ladies and gentlemen,…

Brisket at the Beards

May 2, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

Last year, Aaron Franklin made history by being the first pitmaster to win in the Best Chef category at the James Beard Awards. He’s back at the awards ceremony in Chicago this year with the dish that got him the 2015 prize. Franklin packed up twenty…

BBQ News: 04/22 – 04/28

Apr 28, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– How do you define what “real” barbecue is? The pitfalls of defining true ‘cue https://t.co/q6NPfAX00t via @HoustonChron. Thanks JC for taking us on that trip! Thanks for so much. — Pizzitola’s BBQ (@PizzitolasBBQ) April 23, 2016   If you’re a barbecue cook,…

BBQ News: 04/15 – 04/21

Apr 21, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– “If there was a state meat, surely it would be brisket.”: – The Dallas Observer wades into the barbecue sauce or no sauce debate. – Conde Nast Traveler has chosen their list of the fifteen best barbecue cities in the country. – Luke…

Faux-Vide

Apr 14, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

If you’re king of the backyard barbecue, chances are you’ve held cooked barbecue in your cooler (without ice, of course). Some even have a name for it, the faux Cambro, named after the insulated food storage boxes made by Cambro Manufacturing. Suffice it to say, it’s a simple…

BBQ News: 04/08 – 04/14

Apr 14, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– How Jon Favreau lured Bill Murray with a smoked brisket: Watch: Jon Favreau smoked Bill Murray a brisket to prepare for ‘The Jungle Book’ https://t.co/I8aJc2JMJx pic.twitter.com/sPvR5kTP4l — Eater (@Eater) April 7, 2016   – Eater Austin takes a good look at the…

BBQ News: 04/01 – 04/07

Apr 7, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– “It’s funny with barbecue, because the most beloved barbecue places in the South, by and large, serve the shittiest barbecue.” – Alton Brown – Is wood versus gas really the debate? Wood or Gas? Maybe That’s the Wrong Question https://t.co/cseOEPtYDn @mossr…

BBQ News: 03/25 – 03/31

Mar 31, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Nick Solares of Eater descended upon Austin, and found Valentina’s to be the sleeper barbecue hit: One day, five barbecue joints https://t.co/mW0jvwcvzR pic.twitter.com/thOIWHj2pa — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) March 24, 2016   – The Houston Chronicle tells a thing or five to the…

Lamb Barbacoa en Pozo

Mar 28, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

John Speights hosted a lamb barbacoa party in Houston over the weekend. For those curious about cooking barbacoa the traditional way, inside a hole in the ground, Speights (@JCSpeights) and Jay Rascoe (@GunsandTacos) documented the entire event, from lamb procurement to completion, on Twitter. I’ve compiled…

BBQ News: 03/18 – 03/24

Mar 24, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Get your burnt ends right here: Burnt ends have become a modern-day barbecue delicacy. When you want some, here’s where to go in DFW.https://t.co/25SkdB2YAW — Dallas Observer (@Dallas_Observer) March 21, 2016   – A Barbecue Showdown is coming to the Fort…

Jon Flaming: Barbecue Artist

Mar 21, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

Jon Flaming is an artist based in Dallas with a love for Texas barbecue. His past work has focused on small town Texas as well as the oil and gas boom in the state, but he has now shifted his focus on the barbecue joints of…

BBQ News: 03/04 – 03/17

Mar 17, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– A new film from the SFA about Patillo’s Bar-B-Que in Beaumont: Blood Is Blood from Southern Foodways on Vimeo.   – Thrillist ate their way through Austin and compiled this list of the best barbecue in the city. – Food & Wine examines…

BBQ News: 02/26 – 03/03

Mar 3, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Brian Williams doesn’t know much about Texas barbecue, but Rachel Maddow was there to correct him. – The Texas candidate dives into KC BBQ: “Is it better than TX BBQ?” a KC reporter asks as @tedcruz tries the Z Man. “You can…

BBQ News: 02/19 – 02/25

Feb 25, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– On the disappearance of black–owned BBQ joints in the South: South toward home. Black barbecue and a journey down Legacy Road. https://t.co/S5nROLGYhw — Jim Shahin (@jimshahin) February 22, 2016   – The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Cookoff is happening this weekend at…

BBQ News: 02/12 – 02/18

Feb 18, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– John Lewis is close to opening his Charleston barbecue joint: John Lewis Is Bringing Texas BBQ To Charleston, South Carolina, For Good https://t.co/06xYwEgwxl #CHSWFF pic.twitter.com/NiL5kVq2kG — Food Republic (@foodrepublic) February 17, 2016   – Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos chastises…

BBQ News: 01/29 – 02/04

Feb 4, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– A film about Patillo’s Bar-B-Que in Beaumont is in the works: [email protected]‘s producing a documentary about Beaumont BBQ spot Patillo’s & the 100+ yr old East TX juicy link. https://t.co/d7BrdDEnPs #txbbq — Beth Rankin (@Beth_Rankin) February 2, 2016   – The…

BBQ News: 01/22 – 01/28

Jan 28, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– The line at Franklin Barbecue gets some NYT coverage: It’s 10:06 a.m. in Texas. Hundreds may be in line for this BBQ. Even Kanye had to wait. https://t.co/RrMFkM3hkR pic.twitter.com/JlFCnHgyDl — The New York Times (@nytimes) January 27, 2016   – The…

#PastramiWeek

Jan 25, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s Pastrami Week here at TMBBQ. I’ve been traveling across the state—and the country—for the last few months (okay, maybe years) looking for examples of pastrami excellence. Most have come in the form of beef, but mushrooms, salmon, and octopus have made appearances as well. This week we’ll celebrate them all. Despite…

BBQ News: 01/15 – 01/21

Jan 21, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Georgia-style Texas brisket? What is Georgia barbecue exactly? DAS BBQ, coming in June, hopes to define it: https://t.co/37EoUSqudF pic.twitter.com/b3ngncliPB — Atlanta Magazine (@AtlantaMagazine) January 19, 2016   – Eater Atlanta didn’t let DAS BBQ off the hook for some odd comments about…

BBQ News: 01/08 – 01/14

Jan 14, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Eater has released its second annual list of the 38 essential restaurants in the U.S. This year 13 new names have been added to the list, but Franklin Barbecue remains. – Korean girls try American barbecue:   – Brooks Place BBQ in Houston has vocally…

BBQ News: 01/01 – 01/07

Jan 7, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

– Jack Perkins is the owner of Slow Bone in Dallas. He explained to NPR and Fox Business why he doesn’t allow open carry inside his restaurant. – Amigo’s BBQ Grill in Pflugerville welcomes open carry and the owner took his employees to get…

Barbecue Crossfire

Jan 6, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

The nation is talking about Texas’s new open carry policy, and two pistol-packing pitmasters are grabbing headlines for their opposing views. Trent Brooks, of Brooks Place BBQ, welcomes open carriers to his Cypress barbecue trailer, and in fact offers a ten percent discount for anyone showing off their firearm…

BBQ News: 12/18 – 12/31

Dec 31, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Operation BBQ Relief is doing great work in tornado-damaged Rowlett: – Restaurant owners, including those of Slow Bone and Lockhart Smokehouse supplied free meals to those affected by the storm in Red Oak. – Chris Osburn traveled the American South to find his picks for the…

BBQ News: 12/11 – 12/17

Dec 17, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– These are 37 things you need to know about Texas barbecue from Wide Open Country. – Not to be outdone, Thrillist tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about Texas barbecue. – 50 things you may not have known about barbecue, from Thrillist.

The McKensie Project

Dec 16, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Researchers at Texas A&M are seeking to improve Texas barbecue. This isn’t the first time that an institution of higher learning has aspired to this lofty ambition; Harvard students already tried to design the ultimate smoker. And now the Aggies are focusing on the meat of the matter, so to speak. Earlier…

Barbecue Poetry

Dec 14, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Frank “Trey” Felton is the owner of Thorndale Meat Market, which we reviewed last week on TMBBQ. Felton, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, is a talented pitmaster, but his skills don’t stop at the smoker; writing is another passion. Felton is the author of Jewel of…

BBQ News: 12/04 – 12/10

Dec 10, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– It’s the time of year when Stiles Switch brings us their 12 Days of Smoked Meat: If you were lucky enough to to join us today…Smoked Bone In Ribeye. #12DaysOfSmokedMeat continues tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/I3aPjAxtrZ — StilesSwitchBBQ (@StilesSwitchBBQ) December 10, 2015  …

BBQ News: 11/28 – 12/03

Dec 3, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Stubbs sauce versus Stubb’s restaurant: Stubb’s bottled barbecue sauce is suing Stubb’s Bar-B-Q https://t.co/BNluyj687P pic.twitter.com/QShCWekkSr — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) December 1, 2015   – More details on the Stubb’s v. Stubb’s lawsuit from Texas Monthly.  – Golfer Jordan Spieth…

BBQ News: 11/13 – 11/19

Nov 19, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– A whole new meaning to cow tipping: Chopper 5 is in Mesquite- a truck transporting 86 cows tipped over on the ramp from U.S. 80 to Interstate 635. https://t.co/DCPLBco23y — Samantha Davies (@SDaviesNBC5) November 12, 2015   – Texas Monthly’s list of…

BBQ News: 11/06 – 11/12

Nov 12, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema traveled to Houston during his tour of ten great American food cities. Texas barbecue makes a big appearance including a discussion of the jiggle factor at Killen’s Barbecue. – A recent study linked barbecue consumption to kidney cancer, but one publication wonders…

Meal, Ready-to-Eat: BBQ Edition

Nov 11, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

I recently posted the photo below on Twitter, and the reaction was swift and severe (read it all here). I said it was some of the worst barbecue I’d ever eaten. One commenter was sympathetic, saying, “Sorry you had to eat it!” But I didn’t really…

BBQ News: 10/30 – 11/05

Nov 5, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Barbecue competitor and television personality Myron Mixon ran for mayor in his hometown of Unadilla, Georgia, and won by twenty votes. – The Houston Chronicle provides this historical profile of Houston pitmaster Lenoa Ginn. – Sunday’s Texas Monthly TMBBQ Fest in Austin was a success:…

Tortillas: The Other White Bread

Nov 4, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Standing at the counter at Kreuz Market in Lockhart last week, I was asked, “Bread or crackers?” I thought about it for a moment, but all I wanted to say was, “How about some tortillas?” Instead, the large group I was with opted for a half sleeve of saltines (filling up…

TMBBQ Festival 2015

Nov 3, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Thanks to everyone for making this year’s Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival a success. Here are a few of our favorite shots from the day. Don’t scroll down if you’re hungry. [View the story “TMBBQ Fest 2015” on Storify]…

True ‘Cue Kerfuffle

Nov 2, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Thanks to Calvin Trillin, barbecue is once again in the national spotlight. In his recent New Yorker article “In Defense of True ‘Cue,” Trillin highlighted True ‘Cue, an organization that campaigns for what they designate as “Real Barbecue,” while decrying what it refers to as “Faux ‘Cue,” meat sold as barbecue that isn’t…

BBQ News: 10/23 – 10/29

Oct 29, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– With brisket prices coming down, both Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland and Riverport Barbecue in Jefferson have lowered their prices on brisket. – Rick Bayless is insightful on the future of barbecue, and he puts the smack down on the way barbecue is generally…

Head-to-Head Competition Tasting

Oct 27, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

There’s plenty of skill that goes into preparing competition-style barbecue, but most contestants will tell you that it’s really one thing that separates first place from tenth: luck. Luck that conditions are favorable during their cook; luck that every entry gets into its respective entry box flawlessly; and luck that the box finds its…

The Karma of Brisket Prices

Oct 23, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Ronnie Killen has had enough with high-priced brisket at his Houston-area barbecue joint. Killen’s Barbecue has garnered praise for his juicy smoked briskets (and just about everything else on his menu) from Texas Monthly, and even the Food Network, but it didn’t come cheap. Along with big…

BBQ News: 10/16 – 10/22

Oct 22, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Nine more sleeps until the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival in Austin on 11/01. – Lance Kirkpatrick from Stiles Switch in Austin was on KEYE slicing brisket like the ones they’ll be serving at the Barbecue Festival. – We released our new list of the…

A New Look For Dickey’s

Oct 20, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has more than 500 locations, but their newest remodel in Dallas is one of kind—for now. New graphics, lighting, and design flourishes give it an updated look that’s five years in the making, says CEO Roland Dickey Jr. in an article by Restaurant Business. It’s an…

The Top 25 New and Improved BBQ Joints in Texas

Oct 15, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s been two years since Texas Monthly published its last Top 50 BBQ Joints list. It was a feat of reporting that took me and my barbecue-eating cohorts across the state to eat at countless legendary restaurants, holes-in-the-wall, out-of-the-way joints. The work didn’t end when the issue went to press.

BBQ News: 10/09 – 10/15

Oct 15, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Pulled pork is everywhere: Fast-food chains are going hog wild for pulled pork http://t.co/nk6g1EXetv pic.twitter.com/rSUXMFXizr — Bloomberg Business (@business) October 9, 2015   – Dallas’s NPR station, KERA, is in Austin and gives us this tour of Franklin Barbecue. …