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Austin BBQ Explosion

Feb 1, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Sixty-six years ago on January 29, 1948, rush hour in downtown Austin was given a jolt by an explosion. A small barbecue joint called the West Sixth Street Barbecue & Market was left in shambles. The news was reported as far away as Sweetwater where the snippet in the February…

BBQ News: 01/24 – 01/30

Jan 30, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Barbecue catering circa 1954 in Wilson, NC: My buddy just sent me a photo of his grandfather cooking 155 hogs in 1954! #BBQ #tarheelnation! pic.twitter.com/s6beoZ8dgD — Tyson Ho (@ArrogantSwine) January 17, 2014   – “A 300,000 year old hearth unearthed in…Israel suggests that…

Franklin Barbecue T.V.

Jan 24, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Aaron Franklin of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue is getting a TV show. If you’ve enjoyed the BBQ with Franklin series on Youtube, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s a lot more coming. KLRU produced the popular web series, and this year they’ll shoot ten episodes with Franklin…

BBQ News: 01/17 – 01/23

Jan 23, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– The Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich has been the most successful new product in the company’s history. – The Plano location of Lockhart Smokehouse had plans to open in December. They had some delays, but things look to be nearing completion: The essentials… pic.twitter.com/P7m2UjqYAC — Lockhart…

BBQ News: 01/10 – 01/16

Jan 16, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– It was the week of Austin BBQ guides. Here’s a great one coming from Burger Mary all the way over in Australia. It includes most everyone, but John Mueller Meat Co. is a noticeable omission. – USA Today provides a similarly styled Austin BBQ Guide. –…

Southside Market Expanding to Bastrop

Jan 13, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Bastrop, Texas is known as the “Heart of the Lost Pines,” but it will have a little piece of the Sausage Capital of Texas inside the city limits by year’s end. Southside Market owner Bryan Bracewell has announced that he will build a new outpost of…

BBQ News: 01/03 – 01/09

Jan 9, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor will be closed on Mondays for a couple of months: To restate… We will be closed Sundays and Mondays only from 1/13 thru 3/3. We will be open Tues-Sat normal bus hours. — Louie Mueller BBQ (@LouieMuellerBBQ) January 7, 2014  …

Benefit for Kenny Hatfield

Jan 2, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

UPDATED INFO on the benefit for Kenny Hatfield: Super Scramble at the Beeville Country Club; Saturday, January 4th Tournament Info: As most of you know, former Beeville resident Kenny Hatfield was diagnosed with throat cancer recently.  He has already undergone surgery, but has a long, tough road in front of him.  We wanted…

BBQ News: 12/20 – 01/02

Jan 2, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

– Happy New Year, or did they run out of hickory? pic.twitter.com/wf4rgxtM3m — Burns Original BBQ (@BurnsOriginalBB) December 31, 2013   – Between Disney World and Disney Land, they’ve sold two million smoked turkey legs in 2013. They all came from Yoakum…

BBQ News: 12/13 – 12/19

Dec 19, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Rodney Scott of Hemingway, SC had a recent fire in his pit room. While it gets rebuilt he’s going on a “Rodney in Exile” tour across the South. – A short Garden & Gun post on pitmaster Rodney Scott’s barbecue process. – A barbecue sauce…

BBQ News: 12/06 – 12/12

Dec 12, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– The FDA has announced that they will restrict antibiotic use in livestock animals. The move “will effectively make it illegal for farmers and ranchers to use antibiotics to make animals grow bigger.” – Lord willing and the creek don’t rise: American ingenuity at its best…

Brisket > Chili

Dec 9, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

That barbecue is not Texas’s state dish is a travesty. Paul Burka first made the argument decades ago in his scathing article “I Still Hate Chili” claiming that “never has the legislature so abandoned its sworn duty to enhance the public welfare as when it certified chili as the…

BBQ News: 11/30 – 12/05

Dec 5, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– La Barbecue has moved… Sold Out for the last time in South Austin from the crew @la_Barbecue. See you on the East Side. @tmbbq pic.twitter.com/cow9QBA7AT — Robert Jacob Lerma (@robertjlerma) December 1, 2013 …and they are up and running at their new location:…

BBQ News: 11/22 – 11/29

Nov 29, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– I saw lots of a great smoked turkeys in my Twitter and Instagram feeds throughout the day yesterday, but this one was the best fail. This is what happens when your smoker catches on fire:   – Pecan Lodge is moving. They’ve announced that they…

Smokin’ Turkeys

Nov 28, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your Turkey Day is going well. If you don’t have your turkey cooking yet, that might be a problem, but you can read this to procrastinate in the meantime. There are plenty of ways to cook a turkey. Roast it, fry it,…

Pecan Lodge is Moving

Nov 22, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

The tenuous relationship between the Dallas Farmers Market and Pecan Lodge now has a path toward closure. Pecan Lodge has decided to move into a stand-alone location. In a report by the Dallas Morning News that they may take a sweet deal…

BBQ News: 11/15 – 11/21

Nov 21, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Black’s BBQ is coming to Austin. After announcing a new location in San Marcos in the summer, Black’s now reveals they’re coming to Barton Springs Road between S. First and S. Lamar: Mark & Michael Black,great-grandsons of Black’s founder,opening Black’s Barbecue Austin on Barton…

True ‘Cue

Nov 18, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

True ‘Cue logo A campaign has been started in North Carolina that could turn into a national movement. It’s called True ‘Cue and it aims to certify those barbecue joints that use real wood to make their barbecue. “We think the world will be a better place…

BBQ News: 11/8 – 11/14

Nov 14, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Meat Fight is a barbecue competition held in Dallas this weekend. Chefs compete with their versions of barbecue, while pitmasters (and Ron Swanson) do the judging. One of the competing chefs is Dallas’s Brian Luscher, and he helped (we think) produce this parody video of…

The Great Texas BBQ Map

Nov 11, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

We made a map. A giant barbecue map to be specific. It’s the best way I, as the Barbecue Editor, could come up with to keep track of where I’ve been and where I need to go. The map is accessible to all, so it can also be…

BBQ NEWS: 11/1 – 11/7

Nov 7, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Lonely Planet just included Texas as a Top 10 regional destination in the world.  That’s flattering, but their BBQ choices across the state are pretty ill-informed, especially Harold’s in Abilene which has been closed for two years. – Here’s what they learned about…

Wine & Swine

Nov 5, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

This incredible line-up for the 3rd Annual Wine & Swine should be enough to get you there. Well, that and the fact that it’s only $75 for a ticket. It will be from 1-4 on Sunday, November 10th. Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue (Austin) – South Carolina-Style Whole Hog Sliders with…

Missed out on TMBBQ Fest Tickets?

Nov 1, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

The Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival is coming up this Sunday, but it’s been sold out since a few hours after tickets went on sale. There’s still a way to attend for just $35. Here’s the official explanation: NEW IN 2013: A limited quantity of Walk Up…

BBQ News: 10/25 – 10/31

Oct 31, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– First, a lesson from Evan LeRoy of Freedmen’s Bar on what a properly smoked brisket looks like: Perfectly cooked brisket https://t.co/PDIpksEQ6o — Evan LeRoy (@evanleroy) October 29, 2013   – Barbecue & Blues was held in New York at last week’s New York City Wine &…

BBQ Photographs by Wyatt McSpadden

Oct 29, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

This weekend Wyatt McSpadden will have his first photo exhibit. Entitled Two Meat Plate, it features many of the terrific images he shot for the recent Texas Monthly BBQ issue (including the cover), along with a number of his classic barbecue photographs.  …

BBQ News: 10/18 – 10/24

Oct 24, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Two years ago Pierson’s BBQ closed in Houston. It was beloved, but owner Clarence Pierson had two bad knees which forced him to close. Now with two new knees, the joint has reopened. Pierson’s BBQ is back! – The Texas Book Festival is coming to…

TMBBQ ‘Cue Court

Oct 22, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

The Texas Book Festival comes to Austin this weekend, and this year there’s a new food option – or three. Texas Monthly has partnered with three barbecue joints and a taco truck to create the TMBBQ ‘Cue Court. From 10-5 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday,…

BBQ News: 10/11 – 10/17

Oct 17, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– There is a college football award called “Arby’s League of Brisket Smokin’ Hot Player of the Week.” That’s a mouthful for a promotional title. I wonder what they win? – If you’re in Austin for lunch today, you might want to try out Micklethwait Craft Meats. They’ll…

BBQ News: 10/4-10/10

Oct 10, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– The American Royal barbecue competition, aka the World Series of BBQ, was held last weekend. Tuffy Stone and his Cool Smoke team beat the big boys in the Invitational on Saturday while Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ beat out 535 other teams in the Open competition on Sunday. – A barbecue…

BBQ News: 09/27 – 10/03

Oct 3, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Meshack’s BBQ in Garland is named best BBQ in Dallas by the Dallas Observer. – The Dallas Observer also shares their top 10 BBQ joint list for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. – Costco now serves barbecue, and it comes in individual servings:…

The Signature Texas Pitmasters

Oct 2, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Robert J. Lerma has gathered original signatures from some of the best pitmasters in the state. They are collected onto an image of an aged Bar-B-Q sign in Corsicana, Texas that he photographed last year. He has sold a number of the originals, but there is only one…

Hot & Fast in East Texas

Oct 1, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Stephen Joseph arrived at his barbecue joint, Joseph’s Riverport Bar-B-Q, in Jefferson, Texas early in the morning to find all of his briskets and pork butts burnt to a crisp. Here’s how he recovered. [View the story “Smoking Hot and Fast in East Texas” on Storify]…

Smoke @ ICC

Sep 30, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

The International Chefs Congress (ICC) is in its eighth year, but this weekend in New York they hosted their first ever barbecue competition.  It was simply called Smoke @ ICC. Ten teams from six states were competing for the grand prize of a trip for four to South…

BBQ News: 09/20 – 09/26

Sep 26, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Two weeks ago the Carnivore’s Ball was held in Austin. It was a great party with barbecue from John Mueller. These photos by Robert Strickland will make you wish you were there. – The TCU football team is playing for more than just the game this weekend. If they…

BBQ News: 09/13 – 09/19

Sep 19, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– On the proliferation of roadside barbecue joints as seen in Newsweek. – Brooks Place BBQ in Cypress is planning a move from their trailer to a brick and mortar location at FM 529 and Queenston in Houston. They’re also going to have to make some…

Of Blood and Brine

Sep 16, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Over the weekend the final scene for Of Blood and Brine was filmed in a small café in Venus, Texas. A group of five seniors from the Art Institute of Dallas created the film and assembled a team of roughly thirty-five students to shoot it all…

BBQ News: 09/06 – 09/12

Sep 12, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Here’s a fascinating look at the many effects of foil wrapping on briskets and pork shoulders from food scientist Greg Blonder. – More food science – Should the fat cap stay or go? Meathead’s answer is that it should stay, or at least some of it, but not…

“Brisket Sucks” -Josh Ozersky 2013

Sep 9, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

In today’s “Eat Like a Man” blog post, Josh Ozersky received a request from a reader for cooking tips to improve his backyard brisket. Instead of anything helpful, he got this reply: “The larger point about brisket…is that brisket sucks. There, I said it. It’s gigantic, it’s misshapen,…

BBQ News: 08/30 – 09/05

Sep 5, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Lolis Eric Elie laments the “golden age of barbecue.” He aptly compares barbecue’s spread to that of the Blues, and equates barbecue in cities like Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta as the work of cover bands. – AFAR magazine offers this tour of BBQ around the world. If you…

A List of BBQ Lists

Sep 2, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

To start off this summer we released our list of the Fifty Best BBQ Joints in the World in the June issue of Texas Monthly. All summer we’ve been keeping track of all the other barbecue lists we could find. They aren’t all in Texas and many are…

Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival: SOLD OUT

Aug 29, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

UPDATE: All tickets to the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival are SOLD OUT. Tickets for the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival are available for purchase. VIP tickets have already sold out, but there are General Admission tickets remaining. If you’re unfamiliar with the festival, here are a few key details:…

BBQ News: 08/23 – 08/29

Aug 29, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Tickets for the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival are sold out. – In an interview in Scientific American, Richard Wrangham says that barbecue is what made us human starting back a couple million years ago. – The US Open tennis tournament in New York will be serving barbecue this…

Bohemia Comes to Texas

Aug 28, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

We wrote about Bohemia Chips a few weeks ago when the Czech snack company announced plans to send a contest winner from the Czech Republic to Austin for the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival. The company has sent an emissary to Texas in the form of Kazma Kazmitch.

BBQ News: 08/16 – 08/22

Aug 22, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News sat down with Pecan Lodge and their new landlord to try and bring the two together (there’s a well-documented frustration between the two). He brought along a tape recorder too. – Here’s a profile of five joints that…

Meatopia Texas

Aug 19, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Josh Ozersky announced the line-up for Meatopia Texas today at a press conference in San Antonio. That it was held at the Pearl Brewery made it no secret that the Granary, which is located at the Pearl, would be featured. Well, that and the fact that Ozersky has…

BBQ News: 08/09 – 08/15

Aug 15, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Get some Franklin Barbecue brisket infused bourbon at CU29 in Austin. – Behold the Widowmaker: @BBQsnob new barbecue cut? The Widowmaker beef rib roast! only 2 per carcass, but sexy as hell! pic.twitter.com/VTC35AuqKP — Salt & Time (@saltandtime) August 8, 2013   – Amy…

BBQ News: 08/02 – 08/08

Aug 8, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– They take their BBQ pits pretty seriously in Lone Star, Texas. A pit dispute led to shots being fired in a convenience store parking lot. – Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin needed someone to choose their food vendors. They chose Austin pitmaster John Mueller. This should…

BBQ News: 07/26 – 08/01

Aug 1, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

– Big Red injects a little humor into their new ad campaign for the “Big Red BBQ Bottle.” The ad is just disturbing. – Beef experts believe 2014 might be a make-or-break year for the US beef industry if herd numbers don’t improve rapidly. – They’re farming…

Easing the Line at Pecan Lodge

Aug 1, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

The lines at Pecan Lodge are pretty crazy these days. At the opening bell last Saturday I counted over 150 people waiting for barbecue. Today, owners Diane and Justin Fourton are announcing a few changes that may ease lines like this one: From the press…

Czech Chips in Texas

Jul 29, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

A Czech potato chip manufacturer has created a flavor of specifically grilled meats in their Bohemia line. Their plan is to export it to the US, and they want to begin in Texas. From their press release – “Where else should we test the new flavor…