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Maple Block Meat Co.

It’s my job to travel this great country—and parts outside Texas—looking for notable barbecue joints. But searching for good brisket in California can feel like waiting for a cool September day in Texas: both exist, but mainly in theory. After making my way through a solid Southern California itinerary a couple months back, I enjoyed the original Compton branch of Bludso’s and Studio City’s Barrel & Ashes. They were solid finds on opposite ends of the…

BBQ News: 09/04 – 09/10

– Staying healthy as a pitmaster can be a challenge: Health hazards of the barbecue pitmaster / @jcreidtx http://t.co/ZH9IzUgcya Great to hear Clarence is healthy again. pic.twitter.com/N1bWBiqRlK — Mike Morris (@mmorris011) September 9, 2015   – “Texas is an amazing state. It is vast and varied in its terrain, and it boasts some of the most mouth-ji–ing BBQ across which I have come in my planet-wide search for pork ribs and brisket.” – Nick Offerman …

BBQ News: 08/28 – 09/03

– A California barbecue cooks uses his camera time for an audition: – With much talk about diversity, or lack there of, in barbecue, Chris Reid delves into the multicultural barbecue scene of Houston. – Foodways Texas released this oral history of Dzuik’s Meat Market in Castroville. – “And one of the reasons we’re seeing this renaissance in Southern food in general and barbecue in particular is that it has this crazy, beautiful, tragic resonance.”…

Tough Turkey

Smoked turkey is about to get expensive. An outbreak of avian flu that started back in March has decimated the turkey flocks in the US, especially in Minnesota. The state is the largest turkey producer, and they lost 10% of their yearly stock due to the outbreak. That has caused a ripple throughout the turkey market, and some barbecue joints in Texas are already feeling it. The rest of them with turkey on their menu will…

BBQ News: 08/21 – 08/27

– A new film is coming out about barbecue in East Austin: Slow Burn Trailer from Jeff Mertz on Vimeo. – You can attend the Kickstarter Launch Party for the Slow Burn film in Austin on 09/05. – The BBC reported American barbecue and a disparity in coverage between white-owned and minority-owned barbecue joints. – The Daily South looks at some of the most influential people in the history of barbecue. – La Barbecue is…

BBQ News: 08/14 – 08/20

– That’s actually the longest grilling marathon there, #hotdog: Watch Tyler Florence break the world record for the longest barbecue marathon. http://t.co/5HET6OekyV pic.twitter.com/O0TGpKCqQ4 — Food Republic (@foodrepublic) August 19, 2015   – The Austinot shares some advice on getting good barbecue in Austin without the huge lines.  – There’s a Franklin Barbecue bingo game.  – A guide to injecting meat before it hits the grill or the smoker, from Meathead at Amazingribs.  – Follow along…

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