Interviews

Interview: Kent Black of Black’s BBQ

Dec 24, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Photo provided by Black’s BBQ Pitmaster/Manager: Black’s BBQ, opened 1932 (current location since 1936) Age: 60 Smoker: Wood-fired offset smokers and gas-fired rotisseries Wood: Post Oak Black’s BBQ is a family affair. After starting in 1932, they now have the fourth generation, Barrett Black, working at the restaurant. Three of those generations recently…

Interview: Roy Perez of Kreuz Market

Dec 18, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Pitmaster: Kreuz Market, opened 1900 (current location since 1999) Age: 51 Smoker: Wood-fired offset smoker Wood: Post Oak The following is reprinted from the January 2014 issue of Texas Monthly, and also includes additional material from the interview taken on October 5, 2013. Kreuz Market is the most famous name in the…

Interview: Bob Allen of Bob’s Bar-B-Que

Dec 11, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Photo by Nicholas McWhirter Owner/Co-Pitmaster: Bob’s Bar-B-Que, opened 1980 Age: 74 Smoker: Wood-fired offset smoker Wood: Hickory Henderson, Texas is a small town of about 13,000 between Tyler and Nacogdoches in East Texas. This is where Bob Allen was born and raised, and where he aims to stay. He’s seen…

Interview: Kathleen Mann of Mann’s Smokehouse BBQ

Nov 27, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Kathleen Mann, from the company’s Facebook page Pitmaster: Mann’s Smokehouse BBQ, opened 1996 Age: 31 Smoker: Gas-Fired rotisserie smoker Wood: Pecan and Oak In a town that’s all about the meat, Mann’s in Austin boasts sixteen side items. It’s cut from a different cloth, which makes sense if…

Interview: J&R Manufacturing

Nov 20, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Owners: H.E. Finley and Mike Higgins Company: J&R Manufacturing, since 1974 Mike Higgins, a chemical engineer, and H. E Finley, a mechanical engineer, joined forces and families nearly forty years ago to start J&R Manufacturing. H. E. had just married Mike’s sister, and Mike had just started…

Interview: Dirk Miller of Miller’s Smokehouse

Nov 13, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Dirk Miller. Photo by Nicholas McWhirter Pitmaster: Miller’s Smokehouse, opened 2008 Age: 48 Smoker: Wood-fired offset smoker Wood: Oak Dirk Miller has never been this busy in his life. He called me from a van outside of his barbecue joint so nobody would bug him. He…

Interview: Travis Mayes of Meshack’s Bar-Be-Que

Nov 6, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Travis Mayes at his walk-up window. Pitmaster: Meshack’s Bar-Be-Que, opened 2009 Age: 64 Smoker: Wood-fired Brick Smoker w/ gas assist Wood: Pecan It was a Monday morning and Meshack’s was closed like normal. Travis and I had arranged this time to meet since the tasks to get ready for Tuesday were…

Interview: Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88

Oct 30, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hard Eight Pit BBQ “The further west I go, the more I seem to like the barbecue.” That’s a curious way for a native of North Carolina to start off a press conference, but NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. was just being honest. He doesn’t…

Interview: Al Plaskoff of Big Al’s Smokehouse

Oct 23, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Al, Lauran and Scott Owner: Big Al’s Smokehouse, Opened 1973 Age: 69 Smoker: Wood-fired rotisserie Wood: Hickory I sat down with Al and his daughter Lauran Weiner to talk about the history of Big Al’s, the Plaskoff family and a little Dallas barbecue history. Al Plaskoff fell into the barbecue business. He…

Interview: Roy Jeffrey of R&G Bar-B-Que

Oct 16, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: R&G Bar-B-Que, opened 1990 Age: 69 Smoker: Wood-fired offset smoker Wood: Oak When Roy Jeffrey started working at the City Market in Luling back in 1954 he had a full head of black hair. At sixty-nine years of age it looks like he hasn’t lost a single one. When…