Interviews

Interview: Joe Riscky of Riscky’s Barbeque

Mar 12, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Pitmaster: Riscky’s Barbeque; opened 1927 Age: 38 Smoker: Wood-fired rotisserie smoker Wood: Post oak I sat down for lunch at the original location of Riscky’s Barbeque on Azle in Fort Worth. It sits just north of the Stockyards in a building from the fifties. Joe Riscky, great grandson to and…

Interview: Kim Dunn of Pit Stop Bar-B-Q

Mar 5, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Pit Stop Bar-B-Q; opened 2006 (2010 in current location) Age: 58 Smoker: Wood-fired offset smoker Wood: Pecan Kim Dunn learned to cook in her native Korea before she left in 1978. She then got her training in Louisiana cuisine by working at Popeye’s before shifting over to Texas barbecue as an…

Pitmaster Interview: Vencil Mares of Taylor Cafe

Feb 26, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Taylor Cafe; opened 1948 Age: 90 Smoker: Wood-fired offset smoker Wood: Post Oak Vencil Mares (pronounced like a group of female horses, not the planet) normally sits at the end of the bar just inside the side door of Taylor Cafe. For this interview we went into the only place in…

Interview: Billy McDonald of Mac’s Bar-B-Que, Part II

Feb 19, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Mac’s Bar-B-Que; Opened 1955 (1982 in current location) Age: 60 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Hickory Billy McDonald is a second generation pitmaster at Mac’s Bar-B-Que in Dallas. Last week we ran the first part of the interview with Billy that featured his father’s career in barbecue. It…

Interview: Billy McDonald of Mac’s Bar-B-Que, Part I

Feb 12, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Mac’s Bar-B-Que; Opened 1955 (1982 in current location) Age: 60 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Hickory The McDonalds have been a fixture in the Dallas barbecue scene since 1949. Mac’s has moved around a bit, but Billy McDonald has no plans to leave his current spot on Main Street just outside…

Interview: Bill and Francene Barton of Neely’s

Feb 5, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Twins Francene and Geraldine Neely from the Neely’s Facebook page. Owners: Neely’s, opened 1927 Age: 66 Smoker: Wood-fired steel offset smoker Wood: Hickory Neely’s in Marshall, Texas is famous for being very old and for serving a Brown Pig sandwich. It’s by far their most popular menu item, but of course Bill wants…

Interview: Allen Prine of Prine’s BBQ

Jan 29, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

A newspaper clipping on the wall at Prine’s BBQ of Allen Prine and his late father, Harry Prine Jr. Owner/Pitmaster: Prine’s Barbecue, opened 1925 Age: 61 Smoker: Wood-fired brick pit Wood: Oak Like many third generation pitmasters, Allen Prine was a reluctant one. He had grander plans than working…

Interview: Bryan Bracewell of Southside Market

Jan 22, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Photo courtesy of Southside Market Owner: Southside Market, opened 1886 Age: 38 Smoker: Wood-fired rotisserie smokers and wood-fired brick pit Wood: Post Oak More than eight decades after it opened, Ernest Bracewell bought Southside Market in Elgin in 1968. Bryan Bracewell is the third generation of the Bracewell family to…

Interview: Joe Capello of City Market in Luling

Jan 15, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Pitmaster: City Market in Luling, opened 1958 Age: 67 Smoker: Wood-fired brick pit and a gas-fired rotisserie smoker Wood: Post Oak If you’ve been to City Market in Luling, chances are you’ve seen the hard-hat clad Joe Capello. If their doors are open, then he’s probably there working the pit like he’s done…

Interview: Erik Mrok of Lenox Bar-B-Q

Jan 8, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner: Lenox Bar-B-Q, opened 1946 Age: 56 Smoker: Wood-fired rotisserie smokers Wood: Pecan and Oak Erik Mrok is mad, and with good reason. He took over a legendary barbecue joint in Houston that had been around for over fifty years. Just ten years later he had to watch a good portion of…