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:…

August 18, 2014

Dickey’s Barbecue in Hot Water over Tainted Iced Tea

What a difference a few weeks can make. In late July, Dickey’s Barbecue, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, began a new national advertising campaign with the theme “We Know Barbecue.” They also announced that they expected their five hundredth store would open before 2014 came to a…

August 14, 2014

BBQ News: 08/08 – 08/14

– The Barbecue Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees: Congrats to the 2014 #BBQHallofFame Inductees: Henry Perry, Pat Burke, & @drbbq! — American Royal (@AmericanRoyal) August 11, 2014   – Ten 50 BBQ in Richardson will open next Monday.

August 13, 2014

New BBQ Joint Opening in Grapevine

For nearly a decade San Angelo native and current Keller resident Andy Sedino worked for Rudy’s BBQ. When he left in 2012 he was a managing partner and the Director of Operations for the North Texas franchises of the popular chain. Now he’s looking to bring his own…

August 11, 2014

Fires in Recent Texas BBQ History

Last week a fire at Hinze’s BBQ in Wharton shut the restaurant down indefinitely. The fire began as a grease fire in the pit, but quickly spread. The building was a total loss, but the owners have vowed to rebuild. That’s not always the case. A fire can be emotionally…

August 7, 2014

BBQ News: 08/01 – 08/07

– 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…

August 4, 2014

Biggest TMBBQ Fest Ever

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…

July 31, 2014

BBQ News: 07/25 – 07/31

– 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…

July 28, 2014

BBQ Signs Gone By

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…

July 24, 2014

BBQ News: 07/18 – 07/24

– 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…

July 17, 2014

BBQ News: 07/11 – 07/17

– 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 — Sean F Hosley…

July 10, 2014

BBQ News: 07/04 – 07/10

– 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…

July 9, 2014

Presidential Barbecue

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…

July 7, 2014

Texas Barbecue Week 2014

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…

July 3, 2014

BBQ News: 06/27 – 07/03

– 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…

June 26, 2014

BBQ News: 06/20 – 06/26

– 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…

June 23, 2014

Barbecue Rant

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…

June 19, 2014

BBQ News: 06/13 – 06/19

– 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. – has a list of their top BBQ destinations. In Austin they highlight a humorous paring…

June 12, 2014

BBQ News: 06/06 – 06/12

– 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…

June 9, 2014

Texas BBQ: History vs. Hip

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,…

June 5, 2014

BBQ News: 05/30 – 06/05

– 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…

May 29, 2014

BBQ News: 05/23 – 05/29

– 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…

May 22, 2014

To All the Armchair BBQ Critics

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.

May 22, 2014

BBQ News: 05/16 – 05/22

– 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…

May 21, 2014

Steven Raichlen’s Man Made Meals

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…

May 15, 2014

BBQ News: 05/09 – 05/15

– 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 — Pappa Charlies…

May 12, 2014

Meat Atlas

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…

May 9, 2014

Emilio Soliz out at Two Bros. BBQ Market

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.

May 8, 2014

BBQ News: 05/02 – 05/08

– 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…

May 2, 2014

BBQ News: 04/25 – 05/01

– 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! 🙂 — FSSouthwest…

April 28, 2014

Houston International Festival

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…

April 26, 2014

New BBQ Columnist at Houston Chronicle

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…

April 24, 2014

BBQ News: 04/18 – 04/24

– 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…

April 17, 2014

BBQ News: 04/11 – 04/17

– 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…

April 12, 2014

Texas Talent Coming to BBQ Pitmasters

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…

April 10, 2014

BBQ News: 04/04 – 04/10

– 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.

April 7, 2014

A Few Discoveries in Houston

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…

April 3, 2014

BBQ News: 03/28 – 04/03

– 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.

March 31, 2014

Jerk Baby Back Ribs

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…

March 27, 2014

BBQ News: 03/21 – 03/27

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 — Franklin BBQ Line (@FranklinBBQline) March 25, 2014   – Zagat Austin provides this list…

March 24, 2014

BBQ Pop-Up in Brooklyn

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…

March 20, 2014

BBQ News: 03/14 – 03/20

– 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…

March 17, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel Loves Austin

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…

March 13, 2014

BBQ News: 03/07 – 03/13

– 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…

March 10, 2014

Kreuz Market Coming to Bryan

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…

March 6, 2014

BBQ News: 02/28 – 03/06

– 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…

March 3, 2014

Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival

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…

February 27, 2014

BBQ News: 02/21 – 02/27

– 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. –…

February 20, 2014

BBQ News: 02/14 – 02/20

– 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…

February 11, 2014

Ten 50 BBQ is Coming

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…