June 30, 2016

BBQ News: 06/24 – 06/30

– 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:…

June 23, 2016

BBQ News: 06/17 – 06/23

– 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…

June 16, 2016

BBQ News: 06/10 – 06/16

– It’s Barbecue Week on Eater: Barbecue Week on Eater starts right now: — Eater (@Eater) June 13, 2016   – Here are the best ribs in Austin according to Eater Austin.  – Eater Houston talks with…

June 9, 2016

BBQ News: 06/03 – 06/09

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

June 6, 2016

Juneteenth BBQ Competition in Dallas

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…

June 2, 2016

BBQ News: 05/27 – 06/02

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

May 26, 2016

BBQ News: 05/20 – 05/26

– 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…

May 19, 2016

BBQ News: 05/13 – 05/19

– 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 all proceeds go to Joey Bats jaw re-alignment surgery… — Heim Barbecue (@HeimBBQ) May 16, 2016   –…

May 12, 2016

BBQ News: 05/06 – 05/12

– King Ranch chicken in tube form: As seen at @tmbbq fest: the recipe for @evanleroy’s Smoked King Ranch Sausage — Jess Pryles (@jesspryles) May 8, 2016   – Dai Due in Austin is now offering an option to…

May 5, 2016

BBQ News: 04/29 – 05/05

– “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,…

May 2, 2016

Brisket at the Beards

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…

April 28, 2016

BBQ News: 04/22 – 04/28

– How do you define what “real” barbecue is? The pitfalls of defining true ‘cue 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,…

April 21, 2016

BBQ News: 04/15 – 04/21

– “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…

April 14, 2016

BBQ News: 04/08 – 04/14

– How Jon Favreau lured Bill Murray with a smoked brisket: Watch: Jon Favreau smoked Bill Murray a brisket to prepare for ‘The Jungle Book’ — Eater (@Eater) April 7, 2016   – Eater Austin takes a good look at the…

April 7, 2016

BBQ News: 04/01 – 04/07

– “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 @mossr…

March 31, 2016

BBQ News: 03/25 – 03/31

– Nick Solares of Eater descended upon Austin, and found Valentina’s to be the sleeper barbecue hit: One day, five barbecue joints — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) March 24, 2016   – The Houston Chronicle tells a thing or five to the…

March 28, 2016

Lamb Barbacoa en Pozo

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…

March 24, 2016

BBQ News: 03/18 – 03/24

– 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. — Dallas Observer (@Dallas_Observer) March 21, 2016   – A Barbecue Showdown is coming to the Fort…

March 21, 2016

Jon Flaming: Barbecue Artist

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 to the…

March 17, 2016

BBQ News: 03/04 – 03/17

– 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…

March 3, 2016

BBQ News: 02/26 – 03/03

– 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…

February 25, 2016

BBQ News: 02/19 – 02/25

– On the disappearance of black–owned BBQ joints in the South: South toward home. Black barbecue and a journey down Legacy Road. — Jim Shahin (@jimshahin) February 22, 2016   – The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Cookoff is happening this weekend at…

February 18, 2016

BBQ News: 02/12 – 02/18

– John Lewis is close to opening his Charleston barbecue joint: John Lewis Is Bringing Texas BBQ To Charleston, South Carolina, For Good #CHSWFF — Food Republic (@foodrepublic) February 17, 2016   – Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos chastises…

February 4, 2016

BBQ News: 01/29 – 02/04

– 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. #txbbq — Beth Rankin (@Beth_Rankin) February 2, 2016   – The…

January 28, 2016

BBQ News: 01/22 – 01/28

– 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. — The New York Times (@nytimes) January 27, 2016   – The…

January 25, 2016


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…

January 21, 2016

BBQ News: 01/15 – 01/21

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

January 14, 2016

BBQ News: 01/08 – 01/14

– 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…

January 7, 2016

BBQ News: 01/01 – 01/07

– 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…

January 6, 2016

Barbecue Crossfire

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…

December 31, 2015

BBQ News: 12/18 – 12/31

– 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…

December 17, 2015

BBQ News: 12/11 – 12/17

– 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.

December 16, 2015

The McKensie Project

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…

December 14, 2015

Barbecue Poetry

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…

December 10, 2015

BBQ News: 12/04 – 12/10

– 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. — StilesSwitchBBQ (@StilesSwitchBBQ) December 10, 2015  …

December 3, 2015

BBQ News: 11/28 – 12/03

– Stubbs sauce versus Stubb’s restaurant: Stubb’s bottled barbecue sauce is suing Stubb’s Bar-B-Q — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) December 1, 2015   – More details on the Stubb’s v. Stubb’s lawsuit from Texas Monthly.  – Golfer Jordan Spieth…

November 19, 2015

BBQ News: 11/13 – 11/19

– 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. — Samantha Davies (@SDaviesNBC5) November 12, 2015   – Texas Monthly’s list of…

November 12, 2015

BBQ News: 11/06 – 11/12

– 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…

November 11, 2015

Meal, Ready-to-Eat: BBQ Edition

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…

November 5, 2015

BBQ News: 10/30 – 11/05

– 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:…

November 4, 2015

Tortillas: The Other White Bread

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…

November 3, 2015

TMBBQ Festival 2015

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]…

November 2, 2015

True ‘Cue Kerfuffle

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…

October 29, 2015

BBQ News: 10/23 – 10/29

– 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…

October 27, 2015

Head-to-Head Competition Tasting

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…

October 23, 2015

The Karma of Brisket Prices

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…

October 22, 2015

BBQ News: 10/16 – 10/22

– 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…