March 5, 2015

BBQ News: 02/27 – 03/05

– 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 — RODEOHOUSTON (@RODEOHOUSTON) March 1, 2015   – Darren Warth of Smokey D’s BBQ was the runner up:…

March 2, 2015

World’s Championship Bar-B-Que 2015

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…

February 26, 2015

New Head Pitmaster at La Barbecue

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…

February 26, 2015

Kings of Competition BBQ

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…

February 26, 2015

BBQ News: 02/20 – 02/26

– GQ Magazine places Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland on its list of the best restaurants in the country and asked “Was Ronnie Killen’s plate rib merely the single greatest piece of barbecue of my entire life, or was it the most magnificent piece of beef ever cooked at…

February 19, 2015

BBQ News: 02/13 – 02/19

– Pitmaster Aaron Franklin of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue has been nominated for the Best Chef; Southwest award by the James Beard Foundation. – Austin and Lockhart take the #1 and #3 spots on this list of best barbecue cities in America from Thrillist – Will and…

February 12, 2015

BBQ News: 02/06 – 02/12

– On this Valentine’s Day weekend, the Houston Chronicle reminds us that Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is a good place to dump someone. – Burger Mary uses leftover beef fat to make body butter, or “cow lotion.” – “We are in a weird, like, barbecue bubble…Somehow…

February 5, 2015

BBQ News: 01/30 – 02/05

– Brisket is getting more expensive, yada, yada, yada. – With the high price of beef, there’s a brisket bandit on the loose in San Antonio. – Maybe these three guys were looking for brisket when they got arrested after breaking into a Rudy’s…

January 29, 2015

Keep The Kreuz Fires Burning

A new Kreuz Market doesn’t come along very often. They opened their doors in Lockhart as a meat market in 1900. In 1924 they moved to a new building, currently occupied by Smitty’s Market. They moved once again in 1999, thanks to a well publicized family…

January 29, 2015

BBQ News: 01/23 – 01/29

– I wish this story would die, but for now brisket prices just keep going up. – Some barbecue restaurants in Lubbock are responding to the cost of brisket by raising their own prices, and one even added pulled pork to the menu. – Lots of new…

January 26, 2015

John Raven, PhB (1938 – 2015)

John Raven of Johnson City, Texas was a writer, a pioneer in the barbecue and chili competition circuit, and a part-time daredevil. He passed away January 15th at the age of seventy-six. Raven was outspoken about his contributions to barbecue, and valued flair over humility whenever possible. “I…

January 23, 2015

Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue For Sale

Stephen Joseph aims to sell out of his barbecue every day, but earlier this week he announced that he’s looking to sell more than brisket. Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue in Jefferson, Texas is officially for sale. Joseph has weathered a devastating fire and an economic downturn to keep the doors open for…

January 22, 2015

BBQ News: 01/16 – 01/22

– They served barbecue in Austin at Governor Gregg Abbott’s inauguration on Tuesday. KVUE in Austin provides this report. – About a mile of Kiolbassa Sausage, made in San Antonio, was served to the hungry crowd at the inauguration celebration. – Here’s a combo plate from…

January 15, 2015

BBQ News: 01/09 – 01/15

– Eater food critic Bill Addison went all over the country looking for the 38 best restaurants in the U.S. The list included a Texas barbecue joint: Austin’s @FranklinBbq nabs a spot on @Eater‘s #national38 — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) January…

January 12, 2015

Barbecue for Breakfast

The history of Central Texas barbecue is shaped by meat markets, and meat markets are open early. Those early hours are still honored by some of the state’s best, so getting a link of smoked beef sausage at City Market in Luling and Smitty’s in Lockhart.

January 8, 2015

BBQ News: 01/03 – 01/08

– Beef prices continue to rise, and brisket is getting even worse. Grub Street, KTRH in Houston, TAMU, and TMBBQ all had a different take on the effects. – Who knows, maybe Irish briskets to the rescue? – Texas BBQ…

January 2, 2015

BBQ News: 12/19 – 01/02

– “Praying to The Altar of BBQ in Texas” from Trivago. – Carolyn Wells and the KCBS traveled to Europe to help them put on a proper barbecue competition. The article goes into how to judge barbecue along with describing just how popular American cuisine, like barbecue and…

December 31, 2014

Most Memorable BBQ Bites of 2014

I ate a lot of barbecue meals in 2014. Some were great, some awful, but most of them landed closer to the middle. Rather than reliving the bad ones, these were my twenty-five most memorable bites from the past year, presented in chronological order. Fargo’s Pit BBQ in Bryan, Texas…

December 30, 2014

The Official Guitar of Texas BBQ

Dave Barry and Kevin Tully left the east coast for Austin for the music scene and the barbecue. In 2011 they started Moniker Guitars on South Congress, and racked up visits to Black’s BBQ, The Salt Lick, and Franklin Barbecue among others. “Barbecue and live music are iconically…

December 29, 2014

Top 2014 Newsmakers in Texas BBQ

Barbecue is always the headliner on TMBBQ, and every week you’ll find a new line-up of barbecue news. There are barbecue joints and pitmasters that manage to keep themselves perpetually newsworthy, and some stories are just more impactful than others. Looking back over the past year, we’ve collected and ranked the biggest…

December 18, 2014

BBQ News: 12/12 – 12/18

– Pitmasters have embraced the term “joint” to describe their restaurants: If it’s not a barbecue “joint,” then what is it? My latest for @HoustonChron. — J.C. Reid (@jcreidtx) December 15, 2014   – Carl’s Jr. has announced a grass-fed beef burger…

December 11, 2014

BBQ News: 12/05 – 12/11

– Gatlin’s BBQ in Houston is ditching its original building for a larger location about a mile and a half north. – Russell Roegels is rebranding his barbecue restaurant in Houston from Baker’s Ribs to Roegels Barbecue Co. – Hinze’s BBQ in Wharton was destroyed by…

December 9, 2014

Sustainable Beef?

Last week, one of the Big Four meatpackers in the U.S. announced plans to produce sustainable beef, but environmentalists did not rejoice. According to a company press release, Cargill Cattle Feeders and Vela Environmental, in a joint venture, will “create a verified beef supply chain sustainability assessment program…

December 4, 2014

BBQ News: 11/29 – 12/04

– “This is white trash ambience with four star barbecue.” Billy Woodrich describing his restaurant Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ. – Beef giant Cargill looks to create a sustainable line of beef. – “Qibuchang village is to…

December 1, 2014

Poetry in Barbecue

It was a Sunday morning and Jake Adam York was preaching. Poetry was his scripture as he read his own work to a mostly hung-over crowd of Southern Foodways Alliance symposium attendees. Through the mental fog we were captivated. “I know that good poetry shares a spirit…

November 28, 2014

BBQ News: 11/21 – 11/28

– Greg Gatlin of Gatlin’s BBQ is partnering with Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd on a new barbecue joint in downtown Houston. – J. C. Reid of the Houston Chronicle looks around Houston for barbecue joints gone by. – The government’s new calorie labeling…

November 28, 2014

12 Days of Smoked Meat

Stiles Switch BBQ in Austin is celebrating the days leading up to Christmas in a big way. For the third year running, there will be twelve days of smoked meat. Well, Stiles Switch has smoked meat on the menu every day, but from December 9th through…

November 24, 2014

Last Minute Turkey

Thanksgiving is just four days away, so most of us have already charted a plan for getting a turkey on the table, but in case you haven’t, here are a few helpful ideas. Smoke Your Own – If you want a simple recipe for a whole smoked bird, then Aaron…

November 20, 2014

BBQ News: 11/14 – 11/20

– The Slow Bone in Dallas is serving a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day. It is open to all from 1-4. – Southern Living has named Robert Moss as their Contributing Barbecue Editor. – Robert Moss’s first barbecue column is out…

November 17, 2014

Falling Off the Bone Brisket

The Wall Street Journal felt the swift and vicious wrath of Texas barbecue fans this weekend. Austin, the Best New Barbecue Destination was written to shed light on the burgeoning barbecue scene in the capital city. Instead, it will be remembered only for comically praising Franklin Barbecue’s boneless brisket…

November 17, 2014

The Longest Sausage in Texas

The Guinness World Record for the world’s longest sausage, from the UK, checks in at just over thirty-six miles. The longest smoked sausage, from Germany, was 1,581 feet, 5 inches, but the longest smoked sausage in Texas (probably) was on display yesterday at Meat…

November 13, 2014

BBQ News: 11/07 – 11/13

– Here’s why good barbecue joints run out of meat. – The most important employee at a barbecue joint might be the person cutting the meat. – Ronnie Killen and Wayne Mueller are coming to Austin for a barbecue pop-up on 11/17. – A…

November 11, 2014

Kosher Texas BBQ Championship

Tracy Frydberg attended the Kosher BBQ Championship in San Antonio and filed this report: When we eat smoked brisket in Texas, we can stop and thank the Jewish community. Or, at least that connection can be firmly made. As Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly’s barbecue editor, noted in a column on…

November 6, 2014

BBQ News: 10/31 – 11/06

– Not your average backyard barbecue: How to barbecue a whole steer: @GGBeristain @ParaleloN — Robb Walsh (@robbwalsh) November 1, 2014   – Brian Williams talks to David Letterman about his love for the Salt Lick BBQ.  – KLRU in Austin…

October 30, 2014

BBQ News: 10/24 – 10/30

– The Daily Show filmed in Austin this week. The Monday episode started with an homage to the show Dallas in the intro, and featured Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue among other notable Austinites. – Later in the show, correspondent Jordan Klepper showed off the barbecue…

October 27, 2014

Dia De Los Puercos

Legendary whole hog cooker Samuel Jones is bringing a special taste of North Carolina barbecue to Dallas this Sunday (tickets here). The Jones family has been cooking whole hogs in eastern North Carolina since 1830. In 1947, Samuel’s grandfather, Pete Jones, opened the Skylight Inn restaurant…

October 23, 2014

BBQ News: 10/17 – 10/23

– “In 2013 the U.S. produced almost the same amount of beef as it did in 1976, about 13 million tons. It achieved this while slaughtering 10 million fewer cattle.” From an in-depth look into the cattle industry, with a focus on Texas, from National Geographic. – National…

October 16, 2014

BBQ News: 10/10 – 10/16

– Neil Patrick Harris will be the host of the Oscars. Along with announcing his big news, he also announced his love for the Salt Lick. – “I actually had my first barbecue here.” – Lorde at ACL Festival in Austin. – La Barbecue…

October 9, 2014

BBQ News: 10/03 – 10/09

– John Lewis of la Barbecue in Austin is opening a new barbecue joint in…Charleston, South Carolina. He’s bringing some beef to a state where pork is king. Word is, when the doors open to Lewis Barbecue in 2015, it’ll be just down the street from a new…

October 6, 2014

Meat Drunk

This article originally appeared on and is reprinted here with the permission of Modern Farmer.  Photo by Nicholas McWhirter You’re experiencing a rapid heartbeat, flush cheeks, and a sweaty brow. All are symptoms of overindulgence, but not of the alcoholic kind. Rather than an elevated…

October 2, 2014

BBQ News: 09/26 – 10/02

– The Dallas Observer released their Best of Dallas list, and in the food categories, barbecue is well represented. Tim Byres of Smoke received the Best Chef nod, Peggy Sue BBQ was recognized for their baby back ribs, Cattleack BBQ had the best barbecue…

September 25, 2014

BBQ News: 09/19 – 09/25

– In one of the laziest pieces of barbecue journalism I’ve seen, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune showed up at Franklin Barbecue in Austin fifteen minutes before they opened, abandoned the long line, came back two hours later, and was mad that she didn’t get barbecue. She…

September 22, 2014

Smoked in Portland

This past weekend Portland, Oregon got a taste of Aaron Franklin’s brisket. The Austin pitmaster travelled to the Northwest for Feast Portland, a culinary event that brought chefs in from around the country – along with plenty of homegrown talent – to showcase their dishes to…

September 18, 2014

BBQ News: 09/12 – 09/18

– The Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival was this past Sunday, and many of our attendees had plenty to say about the event: – Thrillist ATX learned ten facts about Texas barbecue. – Here’s our own wrap-up of collected photos from the event.

September 15, 2014

TMBBQ Fest 2014

Yesterday we held the fifth annual Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival. It was the biggest one yet with twenty-five pitmasters feeding thousands of hungry barbecue fans. If you made it out to enjoy the beautiful day, we thank you. If not, we’ll see you next year. Here are a few of…

September 11, 2014

BBQ News: 09/05 – 09/11

– A drone that delivers barbecue was spotted at a high school football game in Idaho. – An entire steer on a spit at Meatopia UK:   – Man Up Texas BBQ tried out the new Slab BBQ in Austin. – A full and…

September 4, 2014

BBQ News: 08/29 – 09/04

– Kreuz Market in Lockhart claims former employee, Brian Thornton, quit and took company trade secrets with him. They’re still looking for him. – There is such a thing as BBQ flavored protein chips. – I just now came across this video of North Carolina’s Keith…

August 28, 2014

BBQ News: 08/22 – 08/28

– A woman in Dallas bought the former home of Sonny Bryan, but didn’t realize it until she found his old letters and Army rucksack in the attic. – The Houston Chronicle provides a vivid description of the fire that broke out at Hinze’s in Wharton, and describes…

August 25, 2014

Woody the Pit Feeder

Around back at Opie’s BBQ in Spicewood is a contraption like none I’ve seen at a barbecue joint. They call it Woody, and it feeds mesquite logs into the fire at night. Kristin Ashmore with Woody Kristin Ashmore is the co-owner of Opie’s. She lives close to…

August 21, 2014

BBQ News: 08/15 – 08/21

– Jan Harding was poisoned at a Dickey’s BBQ in Utah after an employee mistakenly added sodium hydroxide into the sweet tea. – Dickey’s BBQ plans to open their 500th location before the end of the year. – I promise, you’ll miss the meat:…