BBQ News: 04/04 – 04/10

by Daniel Vaughn · April 10, 2014

- The Houston BBQ Festival was held on Sunday. The BBQ Geniuses from Texas A&M enjoyed their time, there were plenty of photos shared, and there were some pleasant surprises too.

- Beef prices just keep going up. We’ve hit another record high for price, and the cattle herds are the lowest since 1951.

- Pork prices aren’t doing much better.

- Evan LeRoy, pitmaster at Freedmen’s Bar in Austin, noticed a mention of Freedmen’s in Southwest’s Spirit magazine while on his honeymoon:


- A “gourmet barbecue joint” called Burnt Ends has opened in Singapore.

- They held a barbecue competition in Australia.

- A new barbecue joint in Boise, Idaho specializes in smoked meats and vegan dishes.

- Andrew Zimmern visited a couple barbecue joints in Nashville for the latest episode of Bizarre Foods America.

- This list of good barbecue joints in Louisville, Kentucky leaves off Hammerheads.

- Pecan Lodge in Dallas is featured in this Men’s Journal video:


- Cranky Frank’s Barbeque in Fredericksburg is featured in USA Today. 

- Golf Digest documents their trip to Franklin Barbecue in Austin. 

- Deep Ellum bar and barbecue joint WORK will close this weekend, but pitmaster Doug Pickering is already looking to open a new place. 

- It seems we now know why the UConn coach had a leg up on the competition. Before they won the championship, he was eating barbecue at Off the Bone in Forest Hill:


- There’s a new barbecue list. This one lists the ten best cities for barbecue in the US. Texas is well represented. 

- CultureMap Dallas lists their favorite underrated restaurants in D/FW, and FM Smokehouse made the list. 

- Eat Your World loved the chopped beef sandwich from Ruby’s in Austin. 

- Wanna buy a BBQ joint?


- The Texas community BBQ season is getting started, and Robb Walsh has the calendar you need to make sure you don’t miss the meat.

- The Austin Barbecue Society has tickets available for their 5/5 dinner featuring the cooking of Miguel Vidal from Valentina’s BBQ & Tex-Mex.

- Brian Mays, who owns Sam’s BBQ in Austin, has a role in the new movie Joe, starring Nicolas Cage.

- Construction is coming along at Pecan Lodge:


- Old 300 BBQ in Blanco is now serving Akaushi brisket ($26/lb) on the weekends.

- Cattleack BBQ in Dallas has only been open for lunch on Fridays until now when they will also open on Thursdays for lunch.

- The Smoking Ho travels to Opie’s in Spicewood and leaves happy.

- One last shot from the Houston BBQ Festival:


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