Meal, Ready-to-Eat: BBQ Edition

I recently posted the photo below on Twitter, and the reaction was swift and severe (read it all here). I said it was some of the worst barbecue I’d ever eaten. One commenter was sympathetic, saying, “Sorry you had to eat it!” But I didn’t really have to eat it. The same can’t be said for many in the military whose only choices on the battlefield might be a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) of beef…

BBQ News: 10/30 – 11/05

– Barbecue competitor and television personality Myron Mixon ran for mayor in his hometown of Unadilla, Georgia, and won by twenty votes. – The Houston Chronicle provides this historical profile of Houston pitmaster Lenoa Ginn. – Sunday’s Texas Monthly TMBBQ Fest in Austin was a success: Carnivorous hangover observations from the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) November 3, 2015   – Also reporting at the TMBBQ Fest was CultureMap Houston and CultureMap Dallas….

Tortillas: The Other White Bread

Standing at the counter at Kreuz Market in Lockhart last week, I was asked, “Bread or crackers?” I thought about it for a moment, but all I wanted to say was, “How about some tortillas?” Instead, the large group I was with opted for a half sleeve of saltines (filling up on bread was not part of the feasting plan), and at the end of the meal, more of the crackers were left on the butcher…

TMBBQ Festival 2015

Thanks to everyone for making this year’s Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival a success. Here are a few of our favorite shots from the day. Don’t scroll down if you’re hungry. [View the story “TMBBQ Fest 2015″ on Storify]

True ‘Cue Kerfuffle

Thanks to Calvin Trillin, barbecue is once again in the national spotlight. In his recent New Yorker article “In Defense of True ‘Cue,” Trillin highlighted True ‘Cue, an organization that campaigns for what they designate as “Real Barbecue,” while decrying what it refers to as “Faux ‘Cue,” meat sold as barbecue that isn’t cooked with wood. The use of those terms to define barbecue–true vs. faux–has put some in the barbecue world on the defensive. Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker in Nashville…

BBQ News: 10/23 – 10/29

– With brisket prices coming down, both Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland and Riverport Barbecue in Jefferson have lowered their prices on brisket. – Rick Bayless is insightful on the future of barbecue, and he puts the smack down on the way barbecue is generally portrayed on television. – A yodel dedicated to Franklin Barbecue: Finished a page, so took a few minutes to write a really short song: Franklin BBQ Blue Yodel. — Chris…

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