Waco

Koko Ramen

Jan 30, 2018 By Daniel Vaughn

Quick study Cade Mercer's pitmaster background brings the smoke to this Japanese staple at his new food truck in Waco.

I Say DeMaria, You Say DiMaria

Feb 14, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

In 1891, the S.S. Utopia departed Italy, headed for America. The ship, carrying 880 passengers, many of them Italian immigrants who boarded the Utopia in Naples or Palermo, was sailing through the port of Gibraltar when it struck another vessel. The hole created by the collision sunk the Utopia in just twenty minutes, and 562 passengers…

Smoked in Texas: Gut Pak at Vitek’s

Feb 7, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

The Gut Pak is to Waco what rings of smoked sausage are to Lockhart. It’s part of the city’s barbecue identity. A Gut Pak is smoked sausage, barbecue, beans, and cheese, and a few other items piled high atop a mess of Fritos, making this the huskier cousin of a Frito pie. Sometime…

Waco Murders Collage
The Murders at the Lake

Jul 13, 2016 By Michael Hall

In 1982 three teenagers were killed near the shores of Lake Waco in a seemingly inexplicable crime. More than three decades later, the tragic and disturbing case still casts a long, dark shadow.

Bane of the Baptists

Jun 13, 2016 By Gary Cleve Wilson

Brann becomes a casualty in his own war with the Baptists. Texas Collection of Baylor University “In the year of our Lord, 1891, I became pregnant with an idea. Being at the time chief edi­torial writer on the Houston Post, I felt dreadfully mor­tified, as…

Coach’s Bar-B-Que

Apr 1, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

It was one of those rare times I wasn’t looking just for brisket. The possibility of a well-smoked burger on Coach’s menu was the draw. It reminded me that I’d never had a good one, and this joint just west of Waco might be the breakthrough. Certainly, a patty of smoky…

The Bikers’ Point of View

Aug 25, 2015 By

From grief to frustration, bikers now have their own theories about what happened at the Waco Twin Peaks shooting.

Interview: J. D. Bost of Jasper’s Bar-B-Q

Apr 2, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Pitmaster: Jasper’s Bar-B-Q, opened 1915 (or 1918) Age: 52 Smoker: Gas-fired rotisserie smoker Wood: Pecan and Oak About six weeks ago I sat down with J. D. Bost at Jasper’s Bar-B-Q in Waco. He’s the general manager of this nearly century-old barbecue restaurant on Elm Street started by an…

Are We Over-Celebrating the Kid Who Returned a Lost Wedding Ring?

Feb 21, 2014 By Dan Solomon

A Waco teenager found a wedding ring inside a baseball glove he bought at an Academy sporting goods store that belonged to the person who tried it on before him. Through the power of social media, he reconnected with the owner—and subsequently was rewarded by the store, the ring manufacturer, and the glove company with an array of gifts. Are we over-celebrating an act of basic decency? 

Nineteenth Century Texas Barbecue

Aug 16, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

As is true throughout the South, the public barbecue was commonplace in Texas long before there were any restaurants serving commercial barbecue. As soon as a little town had enough population to consume a whole steer, the fourth of July celebrations at the center of town or the political rallies…

How to Practice for Brittney Griner

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

It takes a broom, a kayak paddle, or a six-foot-ten Aggie yell leader for rival teams to prepare for playing against Baylor Bear Brittney Griner, who just became the second woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game. 

It’s Baylor’s Moment

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Lengthy features in Sports Illustrated and the New York Times celebrate the Bears’ unprecedented sports success and its implications for the university at large.

126–150

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From Buzz Bissinger arriving in Odessa—with a notepad—to Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen writing songs in College Station

126–150

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From Buzz Bissinger arriving in Odessa—with a notepad—to Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen writing songs in College Station

Glory Days

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

Texas high school football may be in decline, but filmmakers still want to play.

The Valley of The Shadow Of Death

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Did Kari Baker, despondent over her daughter’s passing, commit suicide? Or was she killed by her husband, Matt, a Baptist preacher in Waco and an alleged sexual predator? He says he didn’t do it, but her family insists otherwise—and they say they’ll keep after him until justice is done.

Billy Joe Shaver.
The Ballad of Billy Joe Shaver

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

If the Corsicana native is the best songwriter in Texas, perhaps it's because he knows his material. Hardscrabble upbringing. Sinful behavior. Redemption. Personal tragedy. Profound sorrow. And, finally, more redemption.