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February 6, 2014

NBBQA Conference Coming to Texas

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…

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February 6, 2014

BBQ News: 01/31 – 02/06

– 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…

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February 5, 2014

Aaron Franklin, Author

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…

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February 3, 2014

Super Bowl Debut for Taylor Cafe

  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…

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February 1, 2014

Austin BBQ Explosion

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…

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January 30, 2014

BBQ News: 01/24 – 01/30

– 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…

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January 24, 2014

Franklin Barbecue T.V.

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…

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January 23, 2014

BBQ News: 01/17 – 01/23

– 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…

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January 16, 2014

BBQ News: 01/10 – 01/16

– 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. –…

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January 13, 2014

Southside Market Expanding to Bastrop

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…

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January 9, 2014

BBQ News: 01/03 – 01/09

– 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  …

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January 2, 2014

Benefit for Kenny Hatfield

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…

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January 2, 2014

BBQ News: 12/20 – 01/02

– 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…

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December 19, 2013

BBQ News: 12/13 – 12/19

– 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…

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December 12, 2013

BBQ News: 12/06 – 12/12

– 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…

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December 9, 2013

Brisket > Chili

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…

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December 5, 2013

BBQ News: 11/30 – 12/05

– 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:…

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November 29, 2013

BBQ News: 11/22 – 11/29

– 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…

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November 28, 2013

Smokin’ Turkeys

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,…

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November 22, 2013

Pecan Lodge is Moving

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…

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November 21, 2013

BBQ News: 11/15 – 11/21

– 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…

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November 18, 2013

True ‘Cue

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…

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November 14, 2013

BBQ News: 11/8 – 11/14

– 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…

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November 11, 2013

The Great Texas BBQ Map

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…

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November 7, 2013

BBQ NEWS: 11/1 – 11/7

– 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…

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November 5, 2013

Wine & Swine

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…

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November 1, 2013

Missed out on TMBBQ Fest Tickets?

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…

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October 31, 2013

BBQ News: 10/25 – 10/31

– 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 &…

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October 29, 2013

BBQ Photographs by Wyatt McSpadden

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.  …

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October 24, 2013

BBQ News: 10/18 – 10/24

– 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…

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October 22, 2013

TMBBQ ‘Cue Court

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,…

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October 17, 2013

BBQ News: 10/11 – 10/17

– 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…

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October 10, 2013

BBQ News: 10/4-10/10

– 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…

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October 3, 2013

BBQ News: 09/27 – 10/03

– 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:…

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October 2, 2013

The Signature Texas Pitmasters

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…

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October 1, 2013

Hot & Fast in East Texas

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]…

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September 30, 2013

Smoke @ ICC

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…

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September 26, 2013

BBQ News: 09/20 – 09/26

– 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…

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September 19, 2013

BBQ News: 09/13 – 09/19

– 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…

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September 16, 2013

Of Blood and Brine

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…

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September 12, 2013

BBQ News: 09/06 – 09/12

– 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…

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September 9, 2013

“Brisket Sucks” -Josh Ozersky 2013

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,…

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September 5, 2013

BBQ News: 08/30 – 09/05

– 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…

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September 2, 2013

A List of BBQ Lists

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…

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August 29, 2013

Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival: SOLD OUT

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:…

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August 29, 2013

BBQ News: 08/23 – 08/29

– 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…

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August 28, 2013

Bohemia Comes to Texas

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.

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August 22, 2013

BBQ News: 08/16 – 08/22

– 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…

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August 19, 2013

Meatopia Texas

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…

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August 15, 2013

BBQ News: 08/09 – 08/15

– 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…