My good friend Laura Kelso, queen of, sent this report on yesterday’s barbecue demo and “crash course,” held at Emo’s as a satellite SXSW event (what it had to do with music, I don’t know, but there you go . . .). It was organized by and the Austin Chronicle (specifically food editor Virginia Wood).  Star appearances were made by a red carpet’s worth of BBQ maestros. First and foremost were Kim and Kerry Bexley, owners of Snow’s BBQ (which Texas Monthly named the best barbecue joint in Texas in our June 2008 issue).  Located in Lexington, Texas, an hour’s drive from  Austin, Snow’s did fantastic brisket. Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616, upped the ante with smoked cabrito (and pineappple relish), neatly tucked into a flour tortilla. Inman’s Ranch House, in Marble Falls, served up spicy pure-turkey sausages. The County Line Austin offered pork and beef ribs so tender the meat fell off the bone. And Louie Mueller, of Taylor,  did two kinds of sausage, jalapeno and original, plus mouthwatering brisket. Art, of Artz Rib House in Austin, doled out great pork and baby back ribs. That’s about it, but now you’ve got a whole bunch of links to barbecue in the Austin area, so give one or more of these folks a visit (just remember that Snow’s is only open on Saturday mornings, and they sell out early). For more bbq around Texas, check out our whole story.