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A James Beard for Barbecue

Aaron Franklin did it. Last night the owner and pitmaster at Austin’s Franklin Barbecue became the first ever pitmaster recognized in any “best chef” category of the annual James Beard Foundation Awards. For the title of best chef in the Southwest region, Franklin beat out Martin Rios of New Mexico, Kevin Binkley of Arizona, and fellow Texans Bryce Gilmore of Austin, and Houston’s Justin Yu and Hugo Ortega. Franklin’s fellow award winners tonight came from big…

BBQ News: 04/24 – 04/30

– Brisket prices are finally trending downward. Our national nightmare might be coming to a close. – A tribute to Annie Mae Ward who established the barbecue stand at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, aka The Church of the Holy Smoke. – The Texans Vince Wilfork got a new pit from the guys at Pitmaker: Vince Wilfork adjusting to Houston, bought this monster BBQ trailer http://t.co/xsX1ayCd16 — Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) April 29, 2015…

Brisket Prices Tumbling

The wholesale cost of brisket has been increasing, sometimes dramatically, since 2013. Now, it seems to be tumbling from its peak. Back in mid-January the wholesale price for whole briskets (IMPS 120) was $3.59/lb and this week it has dropped to $2.74/lb. That’s the lowest price for brisket in over a year. It’ll take some time for retail prices to reflect the drop, but one food supplier in Texas has seen them come down quite…

BBQ News: 04/17 – 04/23

– A semi hauling more than twenty tons of pork butts caught fire on the Interstate in Kansas City. – The New York Times offered their take on the Austin barbecue smoker resolution. They looked at it in context of other odor-related cases. You’ll also learn what a Nasal Ranger is. – A film on South Carolina BBQ from the SFA:   – Jalopnik picks up the brisket bandit near-getaway story in San Antonio. –…

BBQ News: 04/10 – 04/16

– A Field Guide to the American Sandwich from the NYT. Texas chopped beef gets some love, but the best photo is from Iowa. – Louis McMillan of McMillan’s Famous Bar-B-Q in Fannin, Texas was recently recognized by the State Senate of Texas for his work in barbecue. – Responding to the smoker resolution in Austin: Pits are moved away from the neighbors we are excited about our new spot in the same lot!! Come…

BBQ News: 04/03 – 04/09

– The Houston Chronicle asks “Have we reached peak barbecue?” – Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt examines just how much we pay for bones when ordering ribs at a barbecue joint. – The Austin City Council passed a resolution to study smoke mitigation requirements for barbecue joints. – More on the Austin smoke resolution:   – Another glowing review (with photos to match) of Pappa Charlie’s Barbeque in Houston. – The Houston BBQ Festival has some…

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