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John Raven, PhB (1938 – 2015)

John Raven of Johnson City, Texas was a writer, a pioneer in the barbecue and chili competition circuit, and a part-time daredevil. He passed away January 15th at the age of seventy-six. Raven was outspoken about his contributions to barbecue, and valued flair over humility whenever possible. “I know more about barbecue than anyone,” is what he wrote in the first letter to the editor I received at Texas Monthly. He was asking to be…

Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue For Sale

Stephen Joseph aims to sell out of his barbecue every day, but earlier this week he announced that he’s looking to sell more than brisket. Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue in Jefferson, Texas is officially for sale. Joseph has weathered a devastating fire and an economic downturn to keep the doors open for over twenty years. In 2013 it was named one of Texas Monthly’s fifty best barbecue joints in the state, but the challenges continue to mount…

BBQ News: 01/16 – 01/22

– They served barbecue in Austin at Governor Gregg Abbott’s inauguration on Tuesday. KVUE in Austin provides this report. – About a mile of Kiolbassa Sausage, made in San Antonio, was served to the hungry crowd at the inauguration celebration. – Here’s a combo plate from the Capitol grounds: 2015 inaugural barbecue pic.twitter.com/4cPAXZmSng — Anna M. Tinsley (@annatinsley) January 20, 2015   – Bill Addison compiled his list of the 38 best restaurants in the…

BBQ News: 01/09 – 01/15

– Eater food critic Bill Addison went all over the country looking for the 38 best restaurants in the U.S. The list included a Texas barbecue joint: Austin’s @FranklinBbq nabs a spot on @Eater‘s #national38 http://t.co/Js1Hw1QSjV pic.twitter.com/fItIMS4Nsa — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) January 8, 2015   – This week’s Punt, Pass, and Pork from SI’s Andy Staples includes detailed reviews of meals from both Lockhart Smokehouse and Pecan Lodge in Dallas.  – Smoke in Plano is…

Barbecue for Breakfast

The history of Central Texas barbecue is shaped by meat markets, and meat markets are open early. Those early hours are still honored by some of the state’s best, so getting a link of smoked beef sausage at City Market in Luling and Smitty’s in Lockhart. Then there’s the Saturday morning breakfast ritual at Snow’s BBQ in Lexington which opens at 8:00am sharp, and Matus Pit Bar-B-Q in nearby Caldwell serves their sausage even earlier,…

BBQ News: 01/03 – 01/08

– Beef prices continue to rise, and brisket is getting even worse. Grub Street, KTRH in Houston, TAMU, and TMBBQ all had a different take on the effects. – Who knows, maybe Irish briskets to the rescue? – Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt has some ideas to help your local BBQ joint stay profitable so they can stick around. – Like we said, it’s getting $$$: Man accused of stealing $2K worth of meat from Austin-area…

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