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Head-to-Head Competition Tasting

There’s plenty of skill that goes into preparing competition-style barbecue, but most contestants will tell you that it’s really one thing that separates first place from tenth: luck. Luck that conditions are favorable during their cook; luck that every entry gets into its respective entry box flawlessly; and luck that the box finds its way onto the right table of judges. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll remember that I’ve said that competition-style barbecue is in a class…

The Karma of Brisket Prices

Ronnie Killen has had enough with high-priced brisket at his Houston-area barbecue joint. Killen’s Barbecue has garnered praise for his juicy smoked briskets (and just about everything else on his menu) from Texas Monthly, and even the Food Network, but it didn’t come cheap. Along with big names like Pecan Lodge in Dallas and Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Killen’s has been charging $20/lb for brisket in response to high beef prices, especially on this specialty cut….

BBQ News: 10/16 – 10/22

– Nine more sleeps until the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival in Austin on 11/01. – Lance Kirkpatrick from Stiles Switch in Austin was on KEYE slicing brisket like the ones they’ll be serving at the Barbecue Festival. – We released our new list of the 25 Best New (and Improved) BBQ Joints in Texas. – A new video from 24 Frames profiling Lubbock-area barbecue: – There’s a Barbecue Town Hall Meeting going down at Texas…

A New Look For Dickey’s

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has more than 500 locations, but their newest remodel in Dallas is one of kind—for now. New graphics, lighting, and design flourishes give it an updated look that’s five years in the making, says CEO Roland Dickey Jr. in an article by Restaurant Business. It’s an update that will become the template for the brand’s new locations. I visited it recently, and not much has changed on the exterior other than some new window graphics. There’s…

The Top 25 New and Improved BBQ Joints in Texas

It’s been two years since Texas Monthly published its last Top 50 BBQ Joints list. It was a feat of reporting that took me and my barbecue-eating cohorts across the state to eat at countless legendary restaurants, holes-in-the-wall, out-of-the-way joints. The work didn’t end when the issue went to press. My job since then has essentially been one giant scouting mission for the next list slated for the summer of 2017. In my travels, one thing…

BBQ News: 10/09 – 10/15

– Pulled pork is everywhere: Fast-food chains are going hog wild for pulled pork http://t.co/nk6g1EXetv pic.twitter.com/rSUXMFXizr — Bloomberg Business (@business) October 9, 2015   – Dallas’s NPR station, KERA, is in Austin and gives us this tour of Franklin Barbecue.  – Aaron Franklin also sat down with Krys Boyd for an hour on KERA’s Think.  – Chefs and pitmasters from across the South tell Saveur about their favorite barbecue joints.  – These are the five…

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