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The Shack Bar-B-Q

If I had visited The Shack Bar-B-Q six months ago, I would have easily called it Lubbock’s best barbecue. Nowadays the once bare barbecue market in town is suddenly crowded with the addition of The Shack and nearby Evie Mae’s Barbecue, a three-month-old trailer that is one of the best new barbecue joints I’ve found in some time. At The Shack, partners Kyle Farris and Kelly Henning have some catching up to do to match their new local competition, but…

BBQ News: 05/15 – 05/21

– Waypoints named BARBQ, SMOKE, RIBBS, and BRSKT exist in the Kansas City (ZKC) sky country. – The best barbecue in America is in Georgia, says TripAdvisor: Craving some #BBQ? @TripAdvisor‘s picks for America’s best spots: via @CNNTravel — CNN Wire (@CNNWire) May 20, 2015   – Also, the best barbecue in America according to author Johnny Fugitt, is in Texas.  – The Smoking Ho is a fan of The Brisket House in…

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America’s 100 Best BBQ Restaurants

Kerlin BBQ in Austin, Texas, is the best barbecue joint in the country. Or at least that’s the conclusion Johnny Fugitt arrived at after traveling the country and eating 365 barbecue meals in 365 days, a journey he chronicled in his new book, The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. Neither the barbecue of Aaron Franklin nor Justin Fourton swayed the needle for Fugitt as much as that of Bill Kerlin. When I spoke to Kerlin about his top-billing he…

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All the Sausages

Making sausage ain’t easy. There’s the trimming, grinding, seasoning, stuffing, and then the smoking. For barbecue joints, buying a few boxes of cheap sausage from your food distributor is a tempting prospect when compared to the hours required to make your own. But Texas is a place where smoked sausages are a part of our barbecue identity. Whether it’s from the Czech, German, or Beaumontian sausage making traditions, or it’s an innovative modern recipe, a good smoked sausage is the signature of…

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The BBQ Shop

The smell of manure hit me when I broke the seal of the rental car door in Farwell, Texas. Just a mile and a half south of town is a sprawling cattle feedlot, and traveling the ninety minutes from Amarillo I drove through towns like Bovina and Hereford. Just by the names you now they’re not growing tulips out here on the Plains. This is cattle country. You can see New Mexico while standing in the gravel parking in…

BBQ News: 05/08 – 05/14

– Austin’s so-called “smoke scrubber” ordinance is dead. Members of the Economic Opportunity Committee “voted unanimously this afternoon not to require BBQ food trucks and restaurants located near residential areas to install smoke scrubbers.” – A deep look at the price of beef in America: Does more expensive beef mean more disappearing cattle? — FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) May 7, 2015   – The Daily Meal ranks the 25 best barbecue chains in the country. …

Interview: Roland Lindsey of Bodacious Bar-B-Q

Founder: Bodacious Bar-B-Q; Opened 1968 Age: 76 Smoker: Wood-fired Offset Smoker Wood: Oak Roland Lindsey went from running the pits for his dad in Dallas when he was fifteen, to running a chain of barbecue joints in (mostly) East Texas. He officially started Bodacious Bar-B-Q in Longview in 1968, and it has grown significantly since then. Since it was first opened, the Mobberly location in Longview was where Roland did his best work. He hasn’t been in the best health…

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