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Fires in Recent Texas BBQ History

Last week a fire at Hinze’s BBQ in Wharton shut the restaurant down indefinitely. The fire began as a grease fire in the pit, but quickly spread. The building was a total loss, but the owners have vowed to rebuild. That’s not always the case. A fire can be emotionally and financially devastating to a small business, and many never recover. Here’s a look at some recent fires at Texas barbecue joints along with their…

BBQ News: 08/01 – 08/07

- Sad news out of Wharton, Texas. A fire started in the pit room of Hinze’s BBQ, and the building is a total loss:   – More details on the devastating fire at Hinze’s BBQ in Wharton from the Houston Chronicle. – A Go Fund Me site has been starting to help the rebuilding effort at Hinze’s. – A much smaller fire occurred at a Bill Miller’s in San Antonio when a pot of beans…

Biggest TMBBQ Fest Ever

In a little over a month we’ll be hosting our biggest Texas Monthly BBQ Festival yet, with twenty-five pitmasters from around the state bringing their barbecue to Austin. It’s the fifth annual event in a series that’s proven very popular. This year was no different with the VIP tickets selling out in just minutes last week. There are still some general admission tickets left, so pluck them up because they won’t last long. This year we’ll…

BBQ News: 07/25 – 07/31

- In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Goode Co. owner Levi Goode is disgruntled with “high-profile places that throw two or three briskets on the smoker and sell out by 11 a.m.” – How a few Austin restaurants, including Franklin Barbecue and la Barbecue, deal with their massive lines. Also, Alison Clem from la Barbecue said they can hear every word you mutter while waiting for your food. Be nice. – Zagat shares six…

BBQ Signs Gone By

Barbecue joints come and go, and they usually take their signs with them. Some linger. They either cling to our memory or remain attached to the building that no longer serves as their home, becoming ghosts of the past. A few have become revered – their images shared with the masses via social media. Some live on in different iterations, and some are even preserved, but here are a few that I miss. Bar-B-Q Steer…

BBQ News: 07/18 – 07/24

- Zagat calls these thirty-four barbecue joints the most important in Texas. Maybe describing the list as “definitive” and “unequivocal” was a reach. – The Dallas Observer has started a new column called Shigging. This week they look at the secrets behind the barbecue at Lockhart Smokehouse. – Food Republic takes an in-depth look at the surge of well-made barbecue in New York City. – Nick Pencis shares some tips with Texas Highways Magazine on…

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