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Daniel Vaughn is the author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue, the coauthor of Whole Hog BBQ: The Gospel of Carolina Barbecue, and the barbecue editor at Texas Monthly. He has traveled the world sampling smoked meats at over 1,800 barbecue joints, most of which are in Texas.

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October 20, 2016

BBQ News: 10/14 – 10/20

– The Dallas Observer talked with Travis and Emma Heim, of Fort Worth’s Heim Barbecue, about the challenges of running their own barbecue joint.– The Star Telegram profiled the owners of Big D BBQ in Mansfield.– The Pitmaster Picnic, benefitting Café Momentum, was a

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October 18, 2016

Smoked in Texas: BBQ Tacos at BBQ on the Brazos

Combining barbecue and tacos is a damn-near perfect culinary Texas creation. In fact, it is the barbecue tacos at Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ in Austin that has made this one of my favorite joints in the state. I’ve often wished that more tortillas were stuffed with smoked meat, so I was happy to find another

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October 13, 2016

BBQ News: 10/07 – 10/13

– Apparently, Arby’s thinks smoking a brisket is pretty easy. Then again, they just have to warm it up in the microwave: – J C Reid asks if the character of a pitmaster matters when choosing which barbecue joints to visit.– M-Train BBQ has opened in the

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October 12, 2016

Hacking Wood Cooked BBQ in Houston

There was some empty talk last year about Austin banning wood-cooked barbecue. The proposal went up in, ahem, smoke, and disappointed salesman for expensive “smoke scrubbers” were forced to turn their attention to other cities. The episode reminded us how much we cherish the traditional cooking methods of Texas barbecue

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October 10, 2016

Smoked in Texas: Smokehouse Burger at Lakewood Smokehouse

Until recently, every smoked burger I’ve eaten has resulted in a contradiction of the palate. Smoky beef seasoned with salt and pepper hits all the positive taste receptors, but to trigger those you have to chew on a patty as dry as mesquite. It doesn’t take long to overcook

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October 6, 2016

M-Train BBQ Takes Over John Mueller Lot

There’s some life at John Mueller’s old lot at 6th and Pedernales in Austin. M-Train BBQ opened quietly last Friday to “test the waters,” as owner Mikey Perez puts it. A new food truck and a new trailer-mounted, custom-built smoker now sit in the lot behind Kellee’s Place

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October 6, 2016

BBQ News: 09/30 – 10/06

– Behold the Bubba tater: Not for purists: @jcreidtx on that guilty bbq pleasure, the loaded baked potato https://t.co/Q1H23FztPj via @HoustonChron — Alison Cook (@alisoncook) October 2, 2016 – Aaron Franklin on his parents’s short-lived foray into barbecue: “It took them about two years

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September 29, 2016

BBQ News: 09/23 – 09/29

– Barbecue, a film from Australia-based Urtext Films, is set to release next year. Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker traveled across the globe to film different barbecue traditions: SAFC supported doco, Barbecue, to be released in 2017, examines the bonds people forge over meat and fire.

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September 27, 2016

Smoked in Texas: Dry-Aged Brisket at Killen’s Barbecue

The experimentation never seems to end at Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland. Some days you can do a side-by-side taste test of different beef rib varieties, on others owner Ronnie Killen and pitmaster Manny Torres are serving flights of various smoked briskets. And when I stopped in last week they

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September 22, 2016

BBQ Anatomy 101: Gooseneck

Meat terminology is a strange thing. Think about it. Knuckle, clod, and even brisket are odd names for beef cuts. But none sound quite as funny as the gooseneck. It doesn’t come from the neck (it frankly doesn’t even sound like it comes from a steer), and no, it isn’t

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September 22, 2016

BBQ News: 09/16 – 09/22

– Tootsie Tomanetz of Snow’s BBQ has been cooking barbecue for 50 years, and at 81, she has no plans to stop.– Based on the BBQ reference alone, I’ve gotta vote Hogzillas: Here are the nickname finalists for the new minor league team in Kinston.

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September 20, 2016

Deep-Fried Barbecue in San Angelo

John Young is now settled in his native West Texas, but he took a circuitous route to get back there. He sold his barbecue joint in Sachse, northeast of Dallas, in 2001 and moved to Philadelphia for a corporate job, and then five years ago he moved back to San Angelo and

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September 19, 2016

Interview: Earnest Griffith Sr. of Back Country Bar-B-Q

Pitmaster: Back Country Bar-B-Que; Opened 1975Age: 62Smoker: Wood-Fired Rotisserie SmokerWood: HickoryEarnest Griffith Sr. has been cooking barbecue in Dallas for 42 years. He started in downtown Dallas in 1970, when the area was teeming with workers in need of lunch. This was before the days of the downtown tunnels, which

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September 15, 2016

BBQ News: 09/09 – 09/15

– How to roast a whole cow: This is what it’s like to roast a 1,000-pound cow: https://t.co/hoHNi1HCf9 pic.twitter.com/2gxI7zxNdU — MUNCHIES (@munchies) September 15, 2016 – Smith “Smitty” McArthur of Smitty’s BBQ in Brownwood passed away. The Brownwood Examiner penned this obituary. – Parade

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September 12, 2016

Smoked in Texas: Smoked Corn at Kerlin BBQ

Kerlin BBQ in Austin has been known for their ribs and brisket since opening in 2013, but Bill and Amelis Kerlin really made a splash with their smoked-meat kolaches. Those have been so much of a hit that soon  they’ll have a dedicated kolache truck. I must admit that the

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September 8, 2016

Sonny Bryan’s 24/7

The headlights from a Chrysler 300 beamed through the window and into the historic dining room of Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse in Dallas. It was after midnight, and the driver was waiting for his seemingly inebriated (or maybe balance-impaired) passenger to get back with a couple chopped brisket sandwiches. I had just ordered ribs

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September 8, 2016

BBQ News: 09/02 – 09/08

– Tickets to the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival go on sale at 10:00am today.– Meat Fight has announced its chef competitors for the event later this year. Tickets go on sale on 10/04.– Pig Stand #41 is likely to be demolished: New owner

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September 1, 2016

Smoked in Texas: Breakfast at Smoke

Barbecue for breakfast in Texas usually means an old time smokehouse that happens to open early. Whether it’s a ring of sausage and a Dr Pepper at Smitty’s in Lockhart or the whole menu at Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, you can find breakfast if you look hard enough (though the

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September 1, 2016

BBQ News: 08/26 – 09/01

– Texas Tech study shows that antibiotic-resistant bacteria from cattle feedlots can be spread by the Panhandle winds.– The most important meal: Breakfast taco perfection from @Valstexmexbbq https://t.co/V2dZfTIdjB pic.twitter.com/bDy8Toys6h — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) August 30, 2016 – USA Today scoured the country

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August 30, 2016

“Barbecue” is for Squares

I have a Twitter follower who, for a while, enjoyed pointing out when a barbecue joint spelled their name “incorrectly.” Presumably, “Barbecue” and “BBQ” were acceptable, but not “Barbeque,” “Bar-B-Q,” or its slight variation “Bar-B-Que.” He’s not alone. The AP Stylebook, generally used by journalists, doesn’t like those alternate spellings either,

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August 26, 2016

Interview: Arnis Robbins of Evie Mae’s Bar-B-Que

Mallory and Arnis Robbins. Photo by Wyatt McSpaddenOwner/Pitmaster: Evie Mae’s Bar-B-Que; Opened 2015Age: 32Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired PitWood: OakArnis and Mallory Robbins opened Evie Mae’s Bar-B-Que last year in Wolfforth. They started in a food trailer along the highway, and quickly gained a following. A year after opening, they celebrated a new

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August 25, 2016

BBQ News: 08/19 – 08/25

– Operation BBQ Relief is doing some amazing work in the flood-affected areas of Louisiana. Will Cleaver provided this update from their efforts. As of Tuesday, they had served over 180,000 meals. They need your donations.– John Mueller Meat Co. in Austin seized for non-payment of taxes:

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August 23, 2016

The New Carolina Barbecue

Barbecue in the Carolinas means pork, but it’s not just any pile of pulled pig that’s revered in eastern North Carolina. Whole hogs cooked over wood fill the legendary pit houses in this part of the state. It’s the traditional route, but it’s harder to execute than pork shoulders, which are

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August 22, 2016

Holy Smoke BBQ

Sweden is ripe for a Texas barbecue revolution, and the Johans of Holy Smoke BBQ are prepared to lead it. Johan Fritzell and Johan Åkerberg met a few years ago and bonded over a shared love of smoked meats. They soon decided to join forces and open a barbecue joint that

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August 18, 2016

Franklin Barbecue in Sweden

Although he runs Franklin Barbecue out of Austin, Aaron Franklin is known worldwide for his barbecue. Franklin’s smoked meats are respected by his peers and revered by critics, and he has a James Beard Award to prove it. He has shared his knowledge through his show, BBQ With Franklin, and his

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August 18, 2016

BBQ News: 08/05 – 08/18

– BBQ guru Steven Raichlen shared his favorite stops for smoked meat with the Daily Beast, and Texas gets plenty of love.– These are the most influential barbecue joints in the country.– Why not try beef chuck in the smoker? Brisket is pricey

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August 9, 2016

A Piece of Tex-Lanta at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Beef barbecue isn’t hard to find in Atlanta. Most menus feature brisket, and the city might just have more options for smoked beef short ribs than Fort Worth. But that wasn’t the case in 2007, when twins Justin and Jonathan Fox opened Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q just east of downtown Atlanta. In what

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August 8, 2016

A Eulogy for the Barbecue Joint

Barbecue joints aren’t simply born. It takes time to develop into one. A barbecue joint is a worn-in stool at a counter smoothed over by time. It’s a soot-stained ceiling, a broken-in barbecue pit, a menu with prices scratched out, and a bigger smile when you use cash. A barbecue joint evokes

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August 4, 2016

BBQ News: 07/29 – 08/04

– Delish looks at the wild world of cooking competitions, including how to become a barbecue judge.– Tasty Meat polled a number of notable grillers about common grilling mistakes. They shared the 25 most common ones.– I talked with the Leisuremen radio show about

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July 28, 2016

BBQ News: 07/22 – 07/28

– Livestock producers have increased supplies of hogs and cattle to a level described by Bloomberg as a “meat mountain.” Meat just keeps getting cheaper.– Beware pitmasters. The Atlantic dives into the root causes of tuberculosis, and determines that it might have first developed in people

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July 22, 2016

Austin, South Carolina

Texas has lost one if its best pitmasters. John Lewis has taken his talents to South Carolina, and he doesn’t plan to come back to Texas anytime soon. “I live here, and I’m staying here,” he told me during my recent trip to Charleston to visit his brand-new, week-old establishment, Lewis Barbecue.

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July 21, 2016

BBQ News: 07/15 – 07/21

– We second the motion: [email protected] proudly casts all his votes for the next Pitmaster General of the United States—Aaron Franklin! pic.twitter.com/eOsgJ5o9eo — Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) July 19, 2016 – A man in Austin said he worked at Franklin Barbecue and could

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July 14, 2016

BBQ News: 07/08 – 07/14

– The Meat Fight 1K is a fun run minus the running. Twenty food vendors line the 3,281 foot course. Registration begins tomorrow morning.– Pecan Lodge is offering free meals to Dallas police officers through July 17th.– Pecan Lodge had a brief pit fire overnight. It

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July 7, 2016

BBQ News: 07/01 – 07/07

– Brisket in NC was the meal for President Obama at Midwood Smokehouse: Obama and Clinton stop for BBQ at Midwood Smokehouse pic.twitter.com/GZBJ9Ppeaf — Margaret Talev (@margarettalev) July 5, 2016 – A Houston blogger ordered enough smoked meat at La Barbecue for five or six

BBQ Joint Reviews |
July 1, 2016

Top 5 BBQ

Four years ago, Davetta Greene bought a used barbecue pit for $40. It was a gift for her husband, Kendon. After fried pork chops caused two separate fires in their home kitchen, she thought it was time he moved his cooking outside. He didn’t take to the pitmaster role immediately. “It was

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June 29, 2016

BBQ Anatomy 101: Bone-In Brisket

At the meat markets of yesteryear, a boneless brisket would have been a special order. If beef was arriving as a half carcass, there would be no need for the butcher to remove the bones before selling or smoking the cut; doing so would have meant more work for less money.The brisket

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