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Recap: Daniel Vaughn at Austin’s BookPeople

As if defending the TMBBQ Top 50 weren’t enough, Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn is also in the middle of his book tour for The Prophets of Smoked Meat, which brought him last week to the city he now says is “the capital of Texas BBQ.” That’s right: the one that’s also the live music capital and the actual capital. Vaughn’s  comments to the crowd and answers to the Q&A at Austin’s BookPeople provided…

A Declaration of Barbecue War

LAST WEEK WE RELEASED our quinquennial list of the state’s top fifty joints. Today the full story is online and on newsstands everywhere. It’s packed with reviews explaining why we liked our top joints and how we picked the best (and incredible photography by Wyatt McSpadden). This year, however, we also had another object: not just to name the best barbecue joints in Texas, but to place them in a world barbecue context. Texas joints have…

Welcome to TMBBQ.com

Things have changed dramatically since Texas Monthly published its last list of the state’s top fifty barbecue joints, in 2008. Not only has there been an unprecedented flourishing of great new joints in the past five years (sixteen of the places on this year’s list were not even open in 2008, including two of the top four); and not only has there been a corresponding flourishing of new barbecue blogs, books, and TV shows; but…

A Nod to the Honorable Mentions

While the list of the best barbecue in the state of Texas (therefore, the world) is limited to just fifty joints, there’s plenty more out there to love in the Lone Star State. Our team of dedicated tasters came back from their travels with notes on everything great about Texas barbecue including sides, desserts, atmosphere, and of course smoked meat. These mentions didn’t get them into the Top 50, but they’re still worth a visit….

Franklin Barbecue

The best barbecue joint in Texas is only four years old. This is an unusual development, but one that will surprise no one familiar with Franklin Barbecue, which, since opening in 2009, in a trailer off Interstate 35, has built a cult following for its meats. Has any other restaurant in Texas history had a consistent two-hour wait, outside, in the elements, year-round, six days a week? Franklin’s current location is a cozy old brick…

San Antonio Mayor Castro Lays Down Granary ’Cue on Spurs

Bad news, Memphis: not only are your Grizzlies on the way to losing to the Spurs, but you still won’t get to eat the world’s best barbecue!  Taking up on a suggestion made by @tmbbq on Twitter, San Antonio mayor Julian Castro is wagering smoked meat from TMBBQ Top 50 joint The Granary against Memphis mayor A.C. Wharton Jr.’s offering of ribs from Rendezvous. Mayor Castro got in touch before the Spurs’ 105-83 win yesterday,…