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Hammond’s BBQ and Roadrunner Smokehouse

The Hammond family has been a barbecue fixture in Glen Rose for fifty years ago. If you’ve been to Hammond’s BBQ along Highway 67, then you probably already know this, but it’s no longer run by anyone named Hammond. Neither is Loco Coyote Grill, A J Hammond’s original barbecue joint outside of town on Country Road 1004, which was sold by the family in 2013. It’s the newest joint in town, Roadrunner Smokehouse, where A J’s…

BBQ News: 10/14 – 10/20

– The Dallas Observer talked with Travis and Emma Heim, of Fort Worth’s Heim Barbecue, about the challenges of running their own barbecue joint. – The Star Telegram profiled the owners of Big D BBQ in Mansfield. – The Pitmaster Picnic, benefitting Café Momentum, was a big success in Dallas on Sunday. – Andy Staples swung through Dallas to try Cattleack Barbecue: There are 11 undefeated teams. Recent history tells us 10 will lose by…

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Smoked in Texas: BBQ Tacos at BBQ on the Brazos

Combining barbecue and tacos is a damn-near perfect culinary Texas creation. In fact, it is the barbecue tacos at Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ in Austin that has made this one of my favorite joints in the state. I’ve often wished that more tortillas were stuffed with smoked meat, so I was happy to find another joint that gives even Valentina’s a run for their money: BBQ on the Brazos, in Cresson. The smoked meat does its part to make the tacos at BBQ on the Brazos…

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Boatman’s BBQ

When I left Boatman’s BBQ a year ago, I wasn’t sure it would last this long. And that’s wasn’t an indictment on the barbecue. It’s just that getting a steady stream of business into this small joint in the middle of the tiny town of Tolar is a challenge, as if cooking barbecue for a living is enough of one on its own. But the Boatman family has hung in there, and the barbecue has gotten…

BBQ News: 10/07 – 10/13

– Apparently, Arby’s thinks smoking a brisket is pretty easy. Then again, they just have to warm it up in the microwave:   – J C Reid asks if the character of a pitmaster matters when choosing which barbecue joints to visit. – M-Train BBQ has opened in the lot vacated by John Mueller Meat Co. in Austin. – After being praised by the Dallas Morning News last week, Heim Barbecue gets the spotlight in…

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Hacking Wood Cooked BBQ in Houston

There was some empty talk last year about Austin banning wood-cooked barbecue. The proposal went up in, ahem, smoke, and disappointed salesman for expensive “smoke scrubbers” were forced to turn their attention to other cities. The episode reminded us how much we cherish the traditional cooking methods of Texas barbecue and how much it contributes to our culinary identity. It was also a reminder of how the whims of city governments could take it all away. I recently wrote…

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Smoked in Texas: Smokehouse Burger at Lakewood Smokehouse

Until recently, every smoked burger I’ve eaten has resulted in a contradiction of the palate. Smoky beef seasoned with salt and pepper hits all the positive taste receptors, but to trigger those you have to chew on a patty as dry as mesquite. It doesn’t take long to overcook a burger in a smoker, which isn’t a surprise because it’s a tool generally used to cook meat far beyond well done. That’s why every juicy bite…

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