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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:…

Wayne Mueller, Barbecue Missionary

May 11, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Wayne Mueller is going around the world on a Texas barbecue missionary tour. In a month’s time he’ll travel from Taylor, Texas to Japan, Europe, and back to the good old U.S. of A. In that time Mueller will cover about 25,000 air miles, and he’ll smoke a whole mess of beef ribs.

BBQ News: 05/01 – 05/07

May 7, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– A Texas pitmaster has been honored by the James Beard Foundation as the best chef in the Southwest region. Congratulations, Aaron Franklin: The winner of Best Chef: Southwest: Aaron Franklin, @bbqfranklin, Austin #jbfa — Beard Foundation (@beardfoundation) May 5, 2015  …

A James Beard for Barbecue

May 5, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Aaron Franklin did it. Last night the owner and pitmaster at Austin’s Franklin Barbecue became the first ever pitmaster recognized in any “best chef” category of the annual James Beard Foundation Awards. (See this earlier post for more on the significance of the win) For the…

BBQ News: 04/24 – 04/30

Apr 30, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– Brisket prices are finally trending downward. Our national nightmare might be coming to a close. – A tribute to Annie Mae Ward who established the barbecue stand at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, aka The Church of the Holy Smoke. – The Texans…

Brisket Prices Tumbling

Apr 29, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

The wholesale cost of brisket has been increasing, sometimes dramatically, since 2013. Now, it seems to be tumbling from its peak. Back in mid-January the wholesale price for whole briskets (IMPS 120) was $3.59/lb and this week it has dropped to $2.74/lb. That’s the lowest price for brisket…

BBQ News: 04/17 – 04/23

Apr 23, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– A semi hauling more than twenty tons of pork butts caught fire on the Interstate in Kansas City. – The New York Times offered their take on the Austin barbecue smoker resolution. They looked at it in context of other odor-related cases. You’ll also learn…

BBQ News: 04/10 – 04/16

Apr 16, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– A Field Guide to the American Sandwich from the NYT. Texas chopped beef gets some love, but the best photo is from Iowa. – Louis McMillan of McMillan’s Famous Bar-B-Q in Fannin, Texas was recently recognized by the State Senate of Texas for his work…

BBQ News: 04/03 – 04/09

Apr 9, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Houston Chronicle asks “Have we reached peak barbecue?” – Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt examines just how much we pay for bones when ordering ribs at a barbecue joint. – The Austin City Council passed a resolution to study smoke mitigation requirements for…

Little Miss BBQ

Apr 7, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

At 10:00am, the sun seemed nearly at full strength in the desert. One man had unfolded a chair and sat next to the door waiting for it to open. By the time it did, a line stretched at least forty deep, and the parking lot was so full that some…

BBQ News: 03/27 – 04/02

Apr 2, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Austin City Council will discuss the new barbecue smoke resolution in today’s council meeting. – The resolution has been revised from its original version that Aaron Franklin spoke out against on Monday. – The Austin American Statesman covered the resolution as well…

BBQ News: 03/20 – 03/26

Mar 26, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– A Missouri State Senator has begun a so-called Pork Steak Rebellion to rail against the EPA, claiming that they are trying to take away our grills. – The Daily Kos and Meathead Goldwyn provide some clarification about the EPA study, which is actually a little…

BBQ News: 03/06 – 03/19

Mar 19, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– BBQ in Florida has hope. This 4th grader derides the “BBQ” sloppy joes at his school cafeteria:   – The beef supply in 2015 is projected to be the lowest since 1993. – Some folks upset with the upcoming USDA dietary guidelines, which will likely include…

Cattleack BBQ Does Whole Hog

Mar 16, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It was a unique day for barbecue in Dallas last Saturday. Whole hog isn’t an item you normally see on a barbecue menu in Texas, and Cattleack Barbecue isn’t normally open on Saturday. Owners Todd and Misty David were showing off what they had learned in January’s…

BBQ News: 02/27 – 03/05

Mar 5, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

– The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo crowned a new champion: Grand Champion Overall #WCBBQC Team Across The Track Cookoff Team pic.twitter.com/oCEk7PN6tN — RODEOHOUSTON (@RODEOHOUSTON) March 1, 2015   – Darren Warth of Smokey D’s BBQ was the runner up:…

World’s Championship Bar-B-Que 2015

Mar 2, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que was held at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo this past Saturday, and a new world champion was crowned. Last week, I wrote about those competitors in the Champion’s Circle, but none of them took home the top prize. It was Kerry…

New Head Pitmaster at La Barbecue

Feb 26, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s not breaking news that la Barbecue pitmaster John Lewis is working to open a new barbecue joint in Charleston, South Carolina. He announced his intentions late last year, and Lewis Barbecue will open later this year. That means John Lewis will be spending a…

Kings of Competition BBQ

Feb 26, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

With all the contests and various sanctioning bodies, competition barbecue can get confusing, but one thing is clear. Getting into the Champions Corner at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que is a big honor. It is bestowed upon the winners of the San Antonio Stock Show…