Interviews

Interview: Chad Decker of Hard Eight BBQ

Oct 9, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Chad Decker. Photo from Hard 8 Facebook page General Manager: Hard Eight BBQ, opened 2003 Age: 40 Smoker: Wood-fired cookers and gas-fired rotisseries Wood: Mesquite Dale Earnhardt Jr. held a charity event at the Hard Eight BBQ location in Roanoke last week. I arrived early before the press conference and sat…

Interview: Tyler Frazer of Tyler’s Barbeque

Oct 2, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Photo c/o Tyler Frazer Pitmaster: Tyler’s Barbeque, opened 2010 Age: 45 Smoker: Wood-fired Cabinet Smoker Wood: Mesquite Tyler Frazer took a converted Long John Silvers and turned it into a unique Panhandle barbecue joint. The menu itself isn’t so unique. You’ll find all the barbecue standards, but it’s his methods that buck the…

Interview: Meat Baby Crew

Sep 25, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Brian Patton This isn’t so much a pitmaster interview as it is a discussion with a few Europeans who hope to learn the ways of Texas barbecue. Brian Patton is from Dublin, but he operates restaurants in Vienna, Austria. He is in Texas on a barbecue pilgrimage…

Interview: Emilio Soliz of Two Bros. BBQ Market

Sep 18, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Photo by Nicholas McWhirter Pitmaster: Two Bros. BBQ Market, opened 2009 Age: 29 Smoker: Wood-fired Offset Steel Smoker Wood: Oak The creation of Two Bros. BBQ Market doesn’t follow the usual narrative of a Texas barbecue joint. There was no backyard cook or barbecue competitor that had decided to open up a barbecue…

Interview: Jim McLennan of Hashknife on the Chisholm

Sep 11, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Big Jim with his smoker. Photo by Nicholas McWhirter Owner/Pitmaster: Hashknife on the Chisholm, opened 2006 Age: 51 Smoker: Gas-fired Rotisserie Smoker Wood: Oak and pecan Jim McLennan and his wife have run a barbecue joint at the southwest corner of highways 281 and 284 for over a decade. Shortly after he bought…

Interview: Israel “Pody” Campos of Pody’s BBQ

Sep 4, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Pody’s BBQ, opened 2011 Age: 38 Smoker: Various indirect heat steel pits Wood: Post Oak, Cherry, Pecan, and Mesquite A few weeks back someone tweeted to me that they’d spotted Israel “Pody” Campos in line at Pecan Lodge in Dallas. That’s a long way from his home in Pecos. I tried to…

Interview: Gaylan Marth of Big Boys Bar-B-Que

Aug 28, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Photo by Nicholas McWhirter Owner/Pitmaster: Big Boys Bar-B-Que, opened 2000 Age: 57 Smoker: Direct heat steel pits Wood: Mesquite I’ve been out to Sweetwater twice for Gaylan Marth’s barbecue at Big Boys. The first time I was with my wife and kids. They stayed in the car while I got a to-go order.

Interview: Kenny Hatfield of Hatfield’s Barbecue

Aug 21, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Hatfield’s BBQ, opened 2013 Age: 53 Smoker: Wood-fired rotisserie pit Wood: Oak and mesquite No sooner had we put the original Hatfield’s BBQ in the Top 50, than a disagreement between partners meant he was out of the business. We wrote about the controversy while Kenny was still between the…

Interview: Mr. Bewley of A. N. Bewley Fabricators

Aug 14, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Photo by Jeff Bergus This is an extended version of an interview with Mr. Bewley that ran in the New York Times on August 4th. I visited with Mr. Bewley in his house along with his daughter Rhonda and her husband Larry Lewis who now runs…

Interview: David Longoria of Longoria’s BBQ

Aug 7, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Longoria’s BBQ, opened 1995 Age: 50 Smoker: Wood-fired lazy-susan style smokers Wood: Post oak and pecan David Longoria runs a joint started by his parents in a small town just south of Fort Worth. On the other side of town is Hickory Stick Barbecue which is owned and operated by Mark…