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Jimmy Kimmel in Austin

Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez came to Austin for some SXSW scouting over the weekend. Kimmel will be taping his popular late night show in Austin during SXSW, and he was doing some advance barbecue scouting. Saturday began with Franklin Barbecue followed by Micklethwait Craft Meats just down the street. John Mueller tweeted the day before that he was expecting a visit from Kimmel, and that was indeed the third stop. Kimmel wrapped…

NBBQA Conference Coming to Texas

The annual conference for the National Barbecue Association is being held right here in Texas this year. In just a month, hundreds of barbecue enthusiasts will gather in San Marcos, Texas to eat and talk barbecue. The conference is a strategic combination of education, trade show, networking and promoting the art and lifestyle of BBQ. It is where restaurateurs, caterers, product creators and more gather each year to share ideas, network and learn from experts how…

BBQ News: 01/31 – 02/06

– Wayne Mueller announced at an event in Houston that he’s searching for the right location in Houston for a second location of Louie Mueller Barbecue. – Ronnie Killen plans to open his new barbecue joint in Pearland on 2/11. He has high hopes of course, saying “It’s probably going to be the nicest barbecue place in Texas.” – 3 Stacks in Frisco has completed their renovations. No more meat counter, just servers and more tables. – Men’s…

Aaron Franklin, Author

Pitmaster, pit builder, television star, dad – these all define Aaron Franklin of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue. By next year you’ll also be able to call him an author. Not only was his new television series with KLRU announced two weeks ago, but now comes a book deal with Ten Speed Press. The working title is simply BARBECUE. Here are further details from the press release: “Celebrated pitmaster and owner of the wildly popular Franklin Barbecue—winner…

Super Bowl Debut for Taylor Cafe

  I didn’t expect to see Vencil Mares make his Super Bowl debut last night, but there he was with his red apron on sitting at his usual spot. It was quick, but right there at the 0:35 mark of a Chevy truck commercial, a rancher transporting his bull made a stop for some barbecue at the Taylor Cafe. Mares opened Taylor Cafe in 1948 after coming back from World War II. It’s been a…

Austin BBQ Explosion

Sixty-six years ago on January 29, 1948, rush hour in downtown Austin was given a jolt by an explosion. A small barbecue joint called the West Sixth Street Barbecue & Market was left in shambles. The news was reported as far away as Sweetwater where the snippet in the February 1, 1948 edition of the Sweetwater Reporter read: “BARBECUE BLAST INJURES EIGHT – Rescue workers struggle with an explosion-wrecked barbecue stand in Austin, Texas, in…

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