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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. …

How Long Will You Wait?

Oct 14, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Waiting in line for barbecue is a fact of life if you seek out the good stuff at prime times. You know when heading out to Lockhart, Taylor, or any number of barbecue destinations on the weekends that you’re not going to walk right up to the counter to place…

BBQ News: 10/02 – 10/08

Oct 8, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– No more freelance line-standers at Franklin Barbecue: You’ll have to wait in line for your own brisket now w/ Franklin Barbecue’s line holder ban http://t.co/SawW7eALrR pic.twitter.com/LNm34XuyxD — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) October 4, 2015 – On the same day, the…

The Simpsons Do a BBQ Episode

Oct 5, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

With so much barbecue fluff on television these days, it was nice to see a serious discussion of smoked meat on . . . The Simpsons? The writers obviously did their homework for last night’s episode. Homer bought a smoker shaped from a meteor (that looked a lot like…

BBQ News: 09/25 – 10/01

Oct 1, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Matt Garner, a central figure in the formation of Houston’s barbecue style, gets nice treatment in the Houston Chronicle. – Also in the Chronicle, food critic Alison Cook announced her 100 favorites restaurants in Houston this past week. Killen’s Barbecue was #4, CorksScrew BBQ was #31, Roegels Barbecue Co.

The West Wing Should Have the Best Wings

Sep 28, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Barbecue and politics have long, shared history. A few months back we looked at some humorous political slogans calling for brisket as a 2016 contender. Aaron Franklin was even seeking some votes, but now it’s Brad Orrison of the The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint looking for…

BBQ News: 09/18 – 09/24

Sep 24, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– I reiterated on the Texas Standard that sous vide meat with liquid smoke is not barbecue. – For The Love of Meat, a documentary about Texas barbecue and the pitmasters who make it will debut with a screening in Austin on 10/08. – Catch a…

Matt’s BBQ

Sep 22, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

High-caliber Texas-style barbecue keeps popping up in the oddest places. Two weeks ago I found some great brisket in Los Angeles, and this past weekend the same thing happened in Portland, Oregon. I visited a tiny place called Matt’s BBQ, and its origin story is a wonderful microcosm that…

BBQ News: 09/11 – 09/17

Sep 17, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Wanna work in a barbecue joint? Good read & all #truth. Melanie Kurtz, pit master @oldglorybbq https://t.co/11WI5zwMaz via @mossr — Amy Mills (@17thstreetbbq) September 15, 2015   – Michael Harriot, host of The Black One podcast, shares his tips…

Maple Block Meat Co.

Sep 16, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s my job to travel this great country—and parts outside Texas—looking for notable barbecue joints. But searching for good brisket in California can feel like waiting for a cool September day in Texas: both exist, but mainly in theory. After making my way through a solid Southern California itinerary…

BBQ News: 09/04 – 09/10

Sep 10, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Staying healthy as a pitmaster can be a challenge: Health hazards of the barbecue pitmaster / @jcreidtx http://t.co/ZH9IzUgcya Great to hear Clarence is healthy again. pic.twitter.com/N1bWBiqRlK — Mike Morris (@mmorris011) September 9, 2015   – “Texas is an…

BBQ News: 08/28 – 09/03

Sep 3, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– A California barbecue cooks uses his camera time for an audition: – With much talk about diversity, or lack there of, in barbecue, Chris Reid delves into the multicultural barbecue scene of Houston. – Foodways Texas released this oral history of Dzuik’s Meat…

Tough Turkey

Aug 31, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Smoked turkey is about to get expensive. An outbreak of avian flu that started back in March has decimated the turkey flocks in the US, especially in Minnesota. The state is the largest turkey producer, and they lost 10% of their yearly stock due to the outbreak.

BBQ News: 08/21 – 08/27

Aug 27, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– A new film is coming out about barbecue in East Austin: Slow Burn Trailer from Jeff Mertz on Vimeo. – You can attend the Kickstarter Launch Party for the Slow Burn film in Austin on 09/05. – The BBC reported American barbecue and…

BBQ News: 08/14 – 08/20

Aug 20, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– That’s actually the longest grilling marathon there, #hotdog: Watch Tyler Florence break the world record for the longest barbecue marathon. http://t.co/5HET6OekyV pic.twitter.com/O0TGpKCqQ4 — Food Republic (@foodrepublic) August 19, 2015   – The Austinot shares some advice on getting good barbecue in…

BBQ News: 08/07 – 08/13

Aug 13, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– After a steady fall, the Texas cattle inventory is on its way back up. It’s already ticked up 6% compared to last year’s numbers, which represents the first increase since 2005. – A man in Waco tried to steal some brisket from a local grocery…

A Few More Influential Pitmasters

Aug 7, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Last week I had the honor of being included in a list amongst a group of barbecue folks who I greatly admire. The list was entitled America’s Most Influential BBQ Pitmasters and Personalities. Those listed, at least the top ten, were all very deserving of recognition. Many of…

BBQ News: 07/31 – 08/06

Aug 6, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– From the Austin American Statesman: Austin is not banning barbecue. – “The city of Austin’s Health and Human Services Committee said a recommendation for a city-wide ordinance on barbecue smoke will not come from them.” – Politifact looks into the claim:…

BBQ News: 07/24 – 07/30

Jul 30, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Jacob Brogan is upset about his love for grilling because its homosocial symbology might suggest “same-sex intimacy that deflects the supposed dangers of sexual contact between men but allows them to confirm their masculinity by excluding women.” – In Massachusetts, they can’t tell the difference between a brisket…

No, Rush Limbaugh, Austin Isn’t Banning BBQ

Jul 29, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Yesterday Rush Limbaugh ran with a bogus story about Austin banning barbecue. The transcript now on his website, entitled “The Left Declares War on BBQ” echoes a bunch of outdated material from a recent blog post on “I Am A Texan,” which reported that the Austin City…

Another Barbecue List

Jul 28, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

With what seems like three new barbecue lists coming out daily during the summer, I’ll forgive you if you didn’t notice the new one this morning. However, many did comment on Thrillist’s new one entitled “An Expert Panel Ranks the 5 Best BBQ Joints in Dallas.” This list included…

BBQ News: 07/17 – 07/23

Jul 23, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Austin Health & Human Services Committee will meet again on 08/03, and item #5 on their agenda is “Discussion and possible action on the initiation of a code amendment to mitigate the effects of smoke emissions from restaurants and mobile food vendors near residentially zoned areas.”…

BBQ News: 07/10 – 07/16

Jul 16, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Good news! The price of beef plate short ribs is now at a three-year low. Those monster beef ribs are going to get cheaper. – Party like a pitmaster: – Two industry experts debate the effect that beef feedlots have on the environment.

Starbucks Does Brisket

Jul 13, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Here I sit, a contradiction personified. I’m typing in a Starbucks in Dallas wearing a t-shirt that reads “LOCAL” and drinking hot coffee on our first true 100 degree day of the year. I just finished the last bite of a sandwich I abhorred before I ever bought it, one…

BBQ News: 07/03 – 07/09

Jul 9, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– The difference between barbecue and grilling from CNN. – The Wall Street Journal also has a piece on barbecue and grilling. – Here’s how your grill actually works: Physics: Infrared, convection, conduction, and how your grill works http://t.co/DSiM82bane…

Franklin for President

Jul 6, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

With all the candidates thus far who have entered the 2016 run for president, the logos and mottos abound. Our new crop of Texas Monthly interns figured that none of the candidates matched the qualifications of one Aaron Franklin, proprietor of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, so they made some alterations to the…

BBQ News: 06/26 – 07/02

Jul 2, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Stubb’s barbecue sauce sold for $100,000,000 and TM’s Dan Solomon has the story. – CHD Expert provides some interesting industry numbers on the impact of barbecue joints in the country’s restaurant landscape. – Steven Raichlen is back with a new barbecue show called…

BBQ News: 06/19 – 06/25

Jun 25, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that calling barbecue sauce “the most important thing about barbecue” was, in hindsight “my biggest regret” while in office. – Officials in China have seized meat illegally smuggled in from Vietnam. It was all previously frozen, and some of it…

Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2015

Jun 19, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Today Wayne Mueller begins the final leg of his around-the-world barbecue missionary tour, a journey that has taken him to Japan (through Tokyo and three other cities); a stint at the World Expo in Milan; two flights through London, and one very long weekend in New York City…

BBQ News: 06/12 – 06/18

Jun 18, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Travel + Leisure calls Austin “America’s next great food town” citing great restaurants like Franklin Barbecue and Valentina’s Tex-Mex. – Directly from Big Apple BBQ -> How not to trim a brisket:   – The Daily Meal asks for tips from some barbecue experts at…

BBQ News: 06/05 – 06/11

Jun 11, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Southern Living’s Robert Moss released his list of the fifty best barbecue joints in the South. – Some in Houston aren’t happy about being snubbed by Moss. – Kansas City is named the best city for barbecue by Travel + Leisure. Don’t worry,…

BBQ News: 05/29 – 06/04

Jun 4, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Wayne Mueller is at the World Expo in Milan, Italy serving up Texas BBQ: Texas meets Italy meet Texas. Wayne Mueller, the Master of the BBQ Pit, and Laurel Evans…

BBQ News: 05/22 – 05/28

May 28, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– A new class of the Barbecue Hall of Fame has been named. This year, Ed Fisher, Steven Raichlen, and Paul Kirk will be inducted. – Tim Carman of the Washington Post examines the rise of the urban barbecue joint, and credits Aaron Franklin for bringing…

BBQ News: 05/15 – 05/21

May 21, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Waypoints named BARBQ, SMOKE, RIBBS, and BRSKT exist in the Kansas City (ZKC) sky country. – The best barbecue in America is in Georgia, says TripAdvisor: Craving some #BBQ? @TripAdvisor‘s picks for America’s best spots: http://t.co/0bGAqmOvKj via @CNNTravel…

BBQ News: 05/08 – 05/14

May 14, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Austin’s so-called “smoke scrubber” ordinance is dead. Members of the Economic Opportunity Committee “voted unanimously this afternoon not to require BBQ food trucks and restaurants located near residential areas to install smoke scrubbers.” – A deep look at the price of beef in America:…