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BBQ News: 04/11 – 04/17

- Beef prices (especially for brisket) are going up, but there are a few alternative cuts for smoking. – Leslie Brenner of the Dallas Morning News slammed the original Lockhart Smokehouse in Bishop Arts a few years back, but she loves the new outpost in Plano. – Eating Texas BBQ is considered a bit exotic in southern Wisconsin. – Did we mention brisket prices are up? Limit 1, with additional $20 purchase: @BBQsnob @chasecolston well,…

Texas Talent Coming to BBQ Pitmasters

The fifth season of BBQ Pitmasters will premiere tonight on Destination America at 8:00pm Central. Georgia smoked ham will be the focus, but next week the show is full of Texans. “Lone Star Smoke War,” will air on Saturday, April 19 at 8:00pm Central and will feature three teams from Texas. To choose the teams this year, BBQ Pitmasters solicited audition videos, and each prospective team was instructed to upload them to YouTube. This means we get…

BBQ News: 04/04 – 04/10

- 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…

A Few Discoveries in Houston

Amidst the rain and overcast skies in Houston yesterday, there was a barbecue festival. The second year for the Houston Barbecue Festival was held at Reliant Park, and twenty local pitmasters gathered to share their barbecue bounty with an estimated two thousand guests. The rain came in waves, but I had plenty of time between the downpours to try every one of the restaurants in attendance. I was already familiar with the excellent brisket at…

BBQ News: 03/28 – 04/03

- April Fools Day was on Tuesday, and there were some tricks played in the barbecue world. The Sidedish blog announced a new BBQ Explosion flavor of Orbit gum based on Pecan Lodge’s barbecue. Delaney Barbecue in Brooklyn said they were changing their name to TofuTown. And Southern Soul BBQ in Georgia said they were switching their all-wood operation to gas cookers. – Another April Fools favorite was from the Paris Review that ran this…

Jerk Baby Back Ribs

Billy Durney is a native of Brooklyn, so it wasn’t difficult to choose the small Red Hook neighborhood in which he opened his barbecue joint, Hometown Bar-B-Que. He called it “Hometown” because this is where both his grandmothers settled after emigrating to New York. This is where he returned to after traveling the world as a private bodyguard to the stars. This is where he gets to smoke meat in the mornings with a view…

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