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BBQ News: 08/01 – 08/07

Aug 7, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Sad news out of Wharton, Texas. A fire started in the pit room of Hinze’s BBQ, and the building is a total loss:   – More details on the devastating fire at Hinze’s BBQ in Wharton from the Houston Chronicle. – A Go Fund Me site…

Biggest TMBBQ Fest Ever

Aug 4, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

In a little over a month we’ll be hosting our biggest Texas Monthly BBQ Festival yet, with twenty-five pitmasters from around the state bringing their barbecue to Austin. It’s the fifth annual event in a series that’s proven very popular. This year was no different with the VIP…

BBQ News: 07/25 – 07/31

Jul 31, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Goode Co. owner Levi Goode is disgruntled with “high-profile places that throw two or three briskets on the smoker and sell out by 11 a.m.” – How a few Austin restaurants, including Franklin Barbecue and la Barbecue, deal with their…

BBQ Signs Gone By

Jul 28, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Barbecue joints come and go, and they usually take their signs with them. Some linger. They either cling to our memory or remain attached to the building that no longer serves as their home, becoming ghosts of the past. A few have become revered – their images shared with the…

BBQ News: 07/18 – 07/24

Jul 24, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Zagat calls these thirty-four barbecue joints the most important in Texas. Maybe describing the list as “definitive” and “unequivocal” was a reach. – The Dallas Observer has started a new column called Shigging. This week they look at the secrets behind the barbecue at Lockhart…

BBQ News: 07/11 – 07/17

Jul 17, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Texas BBQ Week is still going strong for a few more days. – Looking for golf and barbecue together? [email protected] RT @supremegolf: 75 BBQ spots+70 rounds+90k mi = Ult. BBQ Golf Trail via @FatGuyGolf http://t.co/Ch5ZScZ8C9 pic.twitter.com/9O4CIyLL6I — Sean F Hosley…

BBQ News: 07/04 – 07/10

Jul 10, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Thrillist has ranked every state based on their food and drink options. Texas scored a #2 ranking based mainly on our great barbecue. – Texas Barbecue Week starts this Sunday, and there’s some good eating to do around Texas barbecue joints. – John…

Presidential Barbecue

Jul 9, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

The Dark Prince of Texas barbecue smoked beef ribs for the POTUS. John Mueller is in Dallas today along with President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi for a barbecue fundraiser at the home of Marc Stanley just southwest of Forest and 75. John Mueller commented on the president’s…

Texas Barbecue Week 2014

Jul 7, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Next Sunday marks the beginning of the second annual Texas Monthly Barbecue Week. During this week-long celebration of our culinary heritage, everyone’s invited to visit the participating joints featured in our 2013 Top 50 BBQ issue who are offering a barbecue special. Fifty-four in total are included this year, and…

BBQ News: 06/27 – 07/03

Jul 3, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Camp Brisket, presented by Foodways Texas, is coming January 9-10, 2015. Tickets go on sale August 14th. – Here’s a recap of the Foodways Texas Barbecue Camp that was held last month. – Texas BBQ Week is starting July 13th. Here’s a list…

BBQ News: 06/20 – 06/26

Jun 26, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– John Lewis of Austin’s la Barbecue will travel to South Carolina to show them what Texas BBQ is all about in this cross-cultural barbecue event. – Alice Laussade lists ten ways you know your relationship is over in Dallas. #2 is “He takes you to…

Barbecue Rant

Jun 23, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

I eat a lot of barbecue, but rarely do I fear taking a bite of what I’m served. This weekend was one of those rare experiences. It was some of the most soulless, thoughtless barbecue I’ve encountered. There were so many questionable decisions made in the course of assembling a…

BBQ News: 06/13 – 06/19

Jun 19, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Zagat Austin lists their favorite barbecue events around the state this summer. – Gayot comes out with their list of the top ten barbecue joints in the country. – CheapTickets.com has a list of their top BBQ destinations. In Austin they highlight a humorous paring…

BBQ News: 06/06 – 06/12

Jun 12, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Alison Cook of the Houston Chronicle doesn’t hand out the four star reviews often, but Killen’s BBQ in Pearland just got that high praise this week. She calls it “Houston’s first destination barbecue.” – Fed Man Walking has released a number of Austin BBQ lists over the…

Texas BBQ: History vs. Hip

Jun 9, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Zagat produced a couple great videos on Texas barbecue comparing the historic and the hip joints in Texas. The first highlights the historic joints like Black’s BBQ, Opie’s, Snow’s BBQ, and Louie Mueller Barbecue:   The second video looks at the new and hip barbecue joints in Austin. It features Franklin Barbecue,…

BBQ News: 05/30 – 06/05

Jun 5, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– If you’ve never been to Memphis in May and want to get a taste, check out Republic of Swine from Bitter Southerner. A taste: “First timers British Bulldog BBQ of Surrey, England are…the “best of the best” from the British Barbecue Society — which sounds about as…

BBQ News: 05/23 – 05/29

May 29, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– This month is National BBQ Month, and yesterday was National Brisket Day. Why so limiting? – Matthew Odam from the Austin American Statesman steps into the barbecue list fray with his Top 10 BBQ Joints in Austin. – You can also listen to Matthew Odam…

To All the Armchair BBQ Critics

May 22, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

This is a note from pitmaster Carey Bringle. It is copied in its entirety, with his permission, from the Facebook page of Peg Leg Porker. And to those who will surely point it out, I do realize he is talking to me too, but it’s an important message.

BBQ News: 05/16 – 05/22

May 22, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– The summer barbecue list onslaught is in full effect this week. The first one comes from Travel + Leisure which ranks the twenty best cities in the country for barbecue. Nevermind that Nashville is laughably in the top spot, but they left off towns like Lockhart, Texas…

Steven Raichlen’s Man Made Meals

May 21, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Steven Raichlen, the man who wrote the Barbecue! Bible, will be in Texas this week for three events with Kent Rathbun’s restaurants. He’s promoting his new book Man Made Meals in Austin tonight, Plano tomorrow, and in the Woodlands on Friday. Each event ticket…

BBQ News: 05/09 – 05/15

May 15, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Say it with me. “Whiskey-Flavored Pigs.” – Twelve great examples of barbecue on scripted television shows. – Another Rudy’s is coming to Houston: @BBQsnob for the Que News. 59 and Grand Parkway sugar land / ft.bend county pic.twitter.com/vq7GUJhVDE — Pappa Charlies…

Meat Atlas

May 12, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

A few months ago the Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE) released a sixty-six page report on meat consumption around the globe called the Meat Atlas. In their words “the report presents a global perspective on the impacts of industrial meat and dairy production, and illustrates…

Emilio Soliz out at Two Bros. BBQ Market

May 9, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

As of yesterday, pitmaster Emilio Soliz is gone from Two Bros. BBQ Market in San Antonio. He broke the news over Facebook and I caught Soliz on the phone. “I’m nervous, but excited.” He’s planning a new venture in San Antonio which he hopes to have open soon.

BBQ News: 05/02 – 05/08

May 8, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Kitchen scientist Greg Blonder designs what he feels is the ideal smoker – the Janus Smoker. – Here are a few more less-than-ideal grills that will work if you don’t have a lawn. – A functional Biblia Definitiva Do Churrasco (The Bible of Barbecue) comes…

BBQ News: 04/25 – 05/01

May 2, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– A Texas Ranger tweets that he prefers North Carolina barbecue and rightfully catches the ire of fans. – The Rangers don’t serve North Carolina barbecue at the stadium: Dinner is served in center field! BBQ is always a Texas favorite! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/SCDSPkN38u — FSSouthwest…

Houston International Festival

Apr 28, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Texans will take on Australians in a barbecue cook-off next month in Houston. As part of the Houston International Festival, whose theme this year in Celebrate Australia!, ten top Houston restaurants will prepare their finest barbecue, and compete for the title and bragging rights of…

New BBQ Columnist at Houston Chronicle

Apr 26, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Image courtesy of the Houston Chronicle The Houston Chronicle has hired a weekly Barbecue Columnist. Food writer J. C. Reid has posted his first article Love of Barbecue Starts Early which will appear in tomorrow’s print edition. You might remember Reid from the Houston Barbecue Festival which…

BBQ News: 04/18 – 04/24

Apr 24, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– A real barbecue feud is brewing in Austin. An outpost of Black’s BBQ, operated by Kent Black, will open near the UT campus just as Kent’s brother Terry plans to open Terry Black’s BBQ on the south side of town. – Thrillist provides several mostly helpful tips…

BBQ News: 04/11 – 04/17

Apr 17, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Beef prices (especially for brisket) are going up, but there are a few alternative cuts for smoking. – Leslie Brenner of the Dallas Morning News slammed the original Lockhart Smokehouse in Bishop Arts a few years back, but she loves the…

Texas Talent Coming to BBQ Pitmasters

Apr 12, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

The fifth season of BBQ Pitmasters will premiere tonight on Destination America at 8:00pm Central. Georgia smoked ham will be the focus, but next week the show is full of Texans. “Lone Star Smoke War,” will air on Saturday, April 19 at 8:00pm Central and will feature three teams from…

BBQ News: 04/04 – 04/10

Apr 10, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Houston BBQ Festival was held on Sunday. The BBQ Geniuses from Texas A&M enjoyed their time, there were plenty of photos shared, and there were some pleasant surprises too. – Beef prices just keep going up.

A Few Discoveries in Houston

Apr 7, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

One Attendee’s Plan of Attack Amidst the rain and overcast skies in Houston yesterday, there was a barbecue festival. The second year for the Houston Barbecue Festival was held at Reliant Park, and twenty local pitmasters gathered to share their barbecue bounty with an estimated two thousand…

BBQ News: 03/28 – 04/03

Apr 3, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– April Fools Day was on Tuesday, and there were some tricks played in the barbecue world. The Sidedish blog announced a new BBQ Explosion flavor of Orbit gum based on Pecan Lodge’s barbecue. Delaney Barbecue in Brooklyn said they were changing their name to TofuTown.

Jerk Baby Back Ribs

Mar 31, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Billy Durney is a native of Brooklyn, so it wasn’t difficult to choose the small Red Hook neighborhood in which he opened his barbecue joint, Hometown Bar-B-Que. He called it “Hometown” because this is where both his grandmothers…

BBQ News: 03/21 – 03/27

Mar 27, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Public Service Announcement – This twitter account exists: I’ve seen bigger lines for the girls bathroom on dirty 6th. Shortest wait all week guaranteed. #protip #bbq #atx pic.twitter.com/ZvMUEN22oP — Franklin BBQ Line (@FranklinBBQline) March 25, 2014   – Zagat Austin provides this list…

BBQ Pop-Up in Brooklyn

Mar 24, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

We’re coming to Brooklyn this week, and we’re bringing some pitmasters with us. Texas Monthly is holding our second annual barbecue pop-up at the new Brooklyn location of Hill Country Barbecue Market this Thursday evening. Three of Texas’s best will be providing some of their specialty…

BBQ News: 03/14 – 03/20

Mar 20, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que is coming to Downtown Austin where they aim to become the Hopdoddy of barbecue. – Jimmy Kimmel came to Austin, and he loved the food – especially the BBQ. – Stephen Naron had an epic barbecue trip through Austin which…

Jimmy Kimmel Loves Austin

Mar 17, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Kimmel opening with slightly hidden BARBEQUE sign Jimmy Kimmel came to Austin for SXSW and he gave Austin’s food scene a week’s worth of boosterism in front of a national television audience. Not only was there significant name dropping of all restaurant types, but barbecue was mentioned…

BBQ News: 03/07 – 03/13

Mar 13, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– A profile of Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que in Brownsville, the best barbacoa in Texas. – A “Meat Cloud” has detrimental affects on the New York Times’ office, but the bacon cloud seems to be harmless. – Smoked tofu? Must be SXSW: Austin’s Ironworks BBQ…

Kreuz Market Coming to Bryan

Mar 10, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Bryan, Texas is about to get another barbecue joint, and it’s a legendary one. Keith Schmidt of Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Texas says they will build the second location of Kreuz Market over a hundred miles from Lockhart along Highway 6 in Bryan. It’ll…

BBQ News: 02/28 – 03/06

Mar 6, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap, Texas was named an Americas Classic by the James Beard Foundation. – Food Republic is doing a whole series on butchery and charcuterie. This first article helps translate the different butchering techniques across the globe. – College Football…

Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival

Mar 3, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

The Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival in Tyler won’t start for another two months, but you can buy tickets today starting at 10:00am. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd on the square in downtown Tyler. Barbecue from fifteen of…

BBQ News: 02/21 – 02/27

Feb 27, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– La Barbecue was named one of the 25 best new restaurants in America by GQ Magazine. – After many delays, Killen’s BBQ in Pearland is finally open. Here’s a first look. – Zagat interviews Ronnie Killen about his new place. –…

BBQ News: 02/14 – 02/20

Feb 20, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– An ad was posted on Craigslist offering $15/hr to someone willing to wait in line at Franklin Barbecue during SXSW. – The 2014 James Beard award nominees were announced yesterday. Daniel Delaney of Delaney Barbecue in Brooklyn was nominated for Rising Star Chef of the…

Ten 50 BBQ is Coming

Feb 11, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Ten 50 BBQ is under construction in Richardson, just north of Dallas. You may have seen the sign along the Hwy. 75 service road north of Arapaho (at 1050 N. Central Expressway) and adjacent to the Arapaho DART station. Construction is underway for the major renovations to the existing…

Jimmy Kimmel in Austin

Feb 10, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez came to Austin for some SXSW scouting over the weekend. Kimmel will be taping his popular late night show in Austin during SXSW, and he was doing some advance barbecue scouting. Saturday began with Franklin Barbecue followed by Micklethwait Craft Meats…

NBBQA Conference Coming to Texas

Feb 6, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

The annual conference for the National Barbecue Association is being held right here in Texas this year. In just a month, hundreds of barbecue enthusiasts will gather in San Marcos, Texas to eat and talk barbecue. The conference is a strategic combination of education, trade…

BBQ News: 01/31 – 02/06

Feb 6, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Wayne Mueller announced at an event in Houston that he’s searching for the right location in Houston for a second location of Louie Mueller Barbecue. – Ronnie Killen plans to open his new barbecue joint in Pearland on 2/11. He has high hopes of course, saying “It’s probably…

Aaron Franklin, Author

Feb 5, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Pitmaster, pit builder, television star, dad – these all define Aaron Franklin of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue. By next year you’ll also be able to call him an author. Not only was his new television series with KLRU announced two weeks ago, but now comes…

Super Bowl Debut for Taylor Cafe

Feb 3, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

  I didn’t expect to see Vencil Mares make his Super Bowl debut last night, but there he was with his red apron on sitting at his usual spot. It was quick, but right there at the 0:35 mark of a Chevy truck commercial, a rancher transporting…