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A Few More Influential Pitmasters

Last week I had the honor of being included in a list amongst a group of barbecue folks who I greatly admire. The list was entitled America’s Most Influential BBQ Pitmasters and Personalities. Those listed, at least the top ten, were all very deserving of recognition. Many of them are people I count as friends, but one thing struck me the first time I glanced through the list. They are all white – all eleven….

BBQ News: 07/31 – 08/06

– From the Austin American Statesman: Austin is not banning barbecue. – “The city of Austin’s Health and Human Services Committee said a recommendation for a city-wide ordinance on barbecue smoke will not come from them.” – Politifact looks into the claim: NIGHTCAP: Austin isn’t banning barbecue restaurants. And Rush Limbaugh’s claim caught fire. http://t.co/lNsNbfOBBB pic.twitter.com/ilMrRvuCt1 — PolitiFact Texas (@PolitiFactTexas) August 5, 2015   – Someone took this video of Austin council member Ellen Troxclair…

BBQ News: 07/24 – 07/30

– Jacob Brogan is upset about his love for grilling because its homosocial symbology might suggest “same-sex intimacy that deflects the supposed dangers of sexual contact between men but allows them to confirm their masculinity by excluding women.” – In Massachusetts, they can’t tell the difference between a brisket and a torso: “Torso” found on side of road was actually just a brisket http://t.co/P3M6FooG2E pic.twitter.com/VO2Cp6sV2D — Eater (@Eater) July 27, 2015   – Rush Limbaugh jumped…

No, Rush Limbaugh, Austin Isn’t Banning BBQ

Yesterday Rush Limbaugh ran with a bogus story about Austin banning barbecue. The transcript now on his website, entitled “The Left Declares War on BBQ” echoes a bunch of outdated material from a recent blog post on “I Am A Texan,” which reported that the Austin City Council was banning barbecue. That’s not true. I wanted to figure out why so many people have been asking me about Austin’s impending barbecue ban over the last week,…

Another Barbecue List

With what seems like three new barbecue lists coming out daily during the summer, I’ll forgive you if you didn’t notice the new one this morning. However, many did comment on Thrillist’s new one entitled “An Expert Panel Ranks the 5 Best BBQ Joints in Dallas.” This list included four familiar names, and left off a few that I think make great barbecue. Most folks took issue with TD’s BBQ in South Dallas being included at…

BBQ News: 07/17 – 07/23

– The Austin Health & Human Services Committee will meet again on 08/03, and item #5 on their agenda is “Discussion and possible action on the initiation of a code amendment to mitigate the effects of smoke emissions from restaurants and mobile food vendors near residentially zoned areas.” – A serious look at BBQ rubs: Give your meat the rub of its life http://t.co/sx93fYvpl9 pic.twitter.com/TFYbk0z1ob — Serious Eats (@seriouseats) July 21, 2015   – Barbecue…

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