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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…

How Long Will You Wait?

Waiting in line for barbecue is a fact of life if you seek out the good stuff at prime times. You know when heading out to Lockhart, Taylor, or any number of barbecue destinations on the weekends that you’re not going to walk right up to the counter to place your order. That’s as obvious as knowing that late afternoon on a Tuesday probably won’t be crowded. I even got lucky at Pecan Lodge yesterday when…

BBQ News: 10/02 – 10/08

– No more freelance line-standers at Franklin Barbecue: You’ll have to wait in line for your own brisket now w/ Franklin Barbecue’s line holder ban http://t.co/SawW7eALrR pic.twitter.com/LNm34XuyxD — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) October 4, 2015 – On the same day, the Supreme Court also enforced a rule against paid line-standers.  – A man in Longview, Texas was sent to a hospital after being struck by a barbecue pit, then HE was sent to jail.  – Californians…

The Simpsons Do a BBQ Episode

With so much barbecue fluff on television these days, it was nice to see a serious discussion of smoked meat on . . . The Simpsons? The writers obviously did their homework for last night’s episode. Homer bought a smoker shaped from a meteor (that looked a lot like a kamado cooker), and he was careful to differentiate it from a grill. In the episode, Homer’s hickory-smoked pork ribs become immediately popular in the neighborhood, and…

BBQ News: 09/25 – 10/01

– Matt Garner, a central figure in the formation of Houston’s barbecue style, gets nice treatment in the Houston Chronicle. – Also in the Chronicle, food critic Alison Cook announced her 100 favorites restaurants in Houston this past week. Killen’s Barbecue was #4, CorksScrew BBQ was #31, Roegels Barbecue Co. was #69, and Brooks Place BBQ made it in at #89. – An Austin woman gets a bit touchy about her ribs: Austin police: Woman threatened to stab brother…

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