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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,…

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…