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Stiles Switch is Expanding

Five years after opening, Texas Monthly Top 50 barbecue joint Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is expanding. The original isn’t going anywhere, but a taste of their excellent beef ribs will be a lot closer for barbecue fans in Dripping Springs around this time next year. The build-to-suit project west of Austin will also house the new location of Pieous at the corner of Highway 290 and Nutty Brown Road. The project, Endeavor at Belterra Village, will break ground…

BBQ News: 10/21 – 10/27

– You have three days to get your tickets to Sunday’s Texas Monthly BBQ Festival. – You have four days to get us your nomination for the next Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ List. – The fourth installment of Burnt Legend:   – Tuffy Stone and his Cool Smoke team won an unprecedented third title at the Jack Daniel’s Championship Invitational Barbecue. – Southern Smoke is coming up soon in Houston, and here’s some backstory on…

TMBBQ 2017 Top 50 Nominations

This coming Sunday, we’ll host the TMBBQ Festival in Austin (tickets are available here), where the best of Texas barbecue comes to serve as much barbecue as you can eat. Every barbecue joint in attendance was featured in our Texas Monthly Top 50 list (plus a few newcomers), but that list is getting some age on it. That’s why immediately after the festival, our staff will get to work in searching for the brand new 2017…

BBQ News: 10/14 – 10/20

– The Dallas Observer talked with Travis and Emma Heim, of Fort Worth’s Heim Barbecue, about the challenges of running their own barbecue joint. – The Star Telegram profiled the owners of Big D BBQ in Mansfield. – The Pitmaster Picnic, benefitting Café Momentum, was a big success in Dallas on Sunday. – Andy Staples swung through Dallas to try Cattleack Barbecue: There are 11 undefeated teams. Recent history tells us 10 will lose by…

BBQ News: 10/07 – 10/13

– Apparently, Arby’s thinks smoking a brisket is pretty easy. Then again, they just have to warm it up in the microwave:   – J C Reid asks if the character of a pitmaster matters when choosing which barbecue joints to visit. – M-Train BBQ has opened in the lot vacated by John Mueller Meat Co. in Austin. – After being praised by the Dallas Morning News last week, Heim Barbecue gets the spotlight in…

Hacking Wood Cooked BBQ in Houston

There was some empty talk last year about Austin banning wood-cooked barbecue. The proposal went up in, ahem, smoke, and disappointed salesman for expensive “smoke scrubbers” were forced to turn their attention to other cities. The episode reminded us how much we cherish the traditional cooking methods of Texas barbecue and how much it contributes to our culinary identity. It was also a reminder of how the whims of city governments could take it all away. I recently wrote…

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