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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…

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 to the…

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…

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. …

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…