BBQ News

Which joint is open or closed? Who got fired?

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 settled

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 of

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 he entitled

March 17, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel Loves Austin

Kimmel opening with slightly hidden BARBEQUE signJimmy 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 in

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 makes an (arguably

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 be

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 writer Andy

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 Texas’s best

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.– Along with news

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 Year,

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

February 10, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel in Austin

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

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 show,

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 going

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 a

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 his

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

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! — Tyson Ho (@ArrogantSwine) January 17, 2014 – “A 300,000 year old hearth unearthed in…Israel suggests that the

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

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… — Lockhart SH –

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.– Brisketman also

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 –

January 2, 2014

Benefit for Kenny Hatfield

UPDATED INFO on the benefit for Kenny Hatfield: Super Scramble at the Beeville Country Club; Saturday, January 4thTournament 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 to

January 2, 2014

BBQ News: 12/20 – 01/02

– Happy New Year, or did they run out of hickory? — 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 Packing in Texas.–

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 waterfall:  –

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 #pigroast

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

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 — Robert Jacob Lerma (@robertjlerma) December 1, 2013…and they are up and running at their new location:Looking

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 are leaving the

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,

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 from

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 Springs

November 18, 2013

True ‘Cue

True ‘Cue logoA 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 when

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

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

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 how

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 Vinegar

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 tickets

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 — Evan LeRoy (@evanleroy) October 29, 2013 – Barbecue & Blues was held in New York at last week’s New York City Wine & Food Fest. Here’s

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. This weekend,

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 Austin

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,

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 have

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 competition

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:And now with

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

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]