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Interview: Leon O’Neal of Leon’s World’s Finest In & Out Bar-B-Que

Owner/Pitmaster: Leon’s World’s Finest In & Out Bar-B-Que; Opened 1987 Age: 74 Smoker: Wood-fired Rotisserie Smoker Wood: Post Oak Leon O’Neal didn’t get into the barbecue business until he was forty-five years old, but he’s managed to be successful in Galveston for nearly three decades in a converted house that once contained his bail bonding business. He decided pretty quickly that barbecue was a better path in life. O’Neal can usually be found in the small dining room of…

Meat Drunk

This article originally appeared on ModernFarmer.com and is reprinted here with the permission of Modern Farmer.  You’re experiencing a rapid heartbeat, flush cheeks, and a sweaty brow. All are symptoms of overindulgence, but not of the alcoholic kind. Rather than an elevated BAC, the cause might be a high that even a teetotaler can get. You’re getting meat drunk. In 1905 Thomas Edison declared the country “food drunk.” He said “Men eat and sleep themselves…

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Florida’s Kitchen

It’s just a mile or so off 190, the state highway that runs through Livingston, but Florida’s Kitchen feels like it’s way out in the country. I passed it on my way to visit Hitch-N-Post BBQ, a Texas Monthly top 5o barbecue joint, just another mile down the road. The bright blue building surrounded by large shade trees caught my eye, as did a sign near the front door. “In Texas Monthly Top 40 Best…

BBQ News: 09/26 – 10/02

- The Dallas Observer released their Best of Dallas list, and in the food categories, barbecue is well represented. Tim Byres of Smoke received the Best Chef nod, Peggy Sue BBQ was recognized for their baby back ribs, Cattleack BBQ had the best barbecue sandwich, and Pecan Lodge was both the reader’s and editor’s pick for best barbecue. – Alison Cook of the Houston Chronicle released her top 100 restaurants list and a barbecue joint,…

Interview: Samuel “Bo” Phillips of Cooper’s Bar-B-Que

Pitmaster: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que; Opened 1963 Age: 64 Smoker: Charcoal-fired steel cooker and electric rotisserie smoker Wood: Lump Mesquite Charcoal There’s more than one cook at a big operation like Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano, but Bo Phillips is the one who gets up early enough to get the briskets on. In their high heat method of cooking, the meat gets done a lot faster than anything cooked in the low and…

BBQ Photographers: Lisa Rawlinson

Every month we bring you a profile of a photographer who has captured the people, the food and the spaces that make up the world of barbecue. Lisa Rawlinson – Austin, Texas I fell into photographing barbecue through my blog, Full and Content, somewhat by happenstance. I’ve always loved eating barbecue, it’s a way of life in Texas for most people, but in 2013 I compiled a guide to eating barbecue in Austin for the…

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Texas Smoke BBQ Co.

There’s something homey about a meal at Texas Smoke BBQ Co. in downtown Sanger. Owner and pitmaster Jay Coin prepares the barbecue plates back in the kitchen while his wife, Mindy, works the front of the house. They work together on the popular smoked meatloaf, and a table full of homemade desserts are all from the hand of Mindy’s mother. A Pyrex dish of peach cobbler as opposed to the standard from-frozen variety in a…

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