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BBQ News: 07/01 – 07/07

– Brisket in NC was the meal for President Obama at Midwood Smokehouse: Obama and Clinton stop for BBQ at Midwood Smokehouse — Margaret Talev (@margarettalev) July 5, 2016   – A Houston blogger ordered enough smoked meat at La Barbecue for five or six people, then complained that it cost $100.  – A woman was poisoned by an industrial cleaner in her iced tea at Dickey’s BBQ. Dickey’s is now suing the company…

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Beef Belly Bacon

As the late Josh Ozersky once observed, “The fat is the meat, and the meat is the vegetable.” Fat matters. Without fat, which provides the signature flavor to meat, beef would taste just like pork or lamb or chicken or goat. And anyone who fills their cart with raw steak knows the value of beef fat—prime beef fetches a handsome price compared to lesser grades because of the greater amount of intramuscular fat. But not all…

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Top 5 BBQ

Four years ago, Davetta Greene bought a used barbecue pit for $40. It was a gift for her husband, Kendon. After fried pork chops caused two separate fires in their home kitchen, she thought it was time he moved his cooking outside. He didn’t take to the pitmaster role immediately. “It was horrible,” he told me as Davetta nodded with a grin. “It just looked wrong,” she added. Undaunted, Kendon traded up to a larger smoker. When…

BBQ News: 06/24 – 06/30

– Barbecue Week begins on July 10th. Every order of a barbecue plate listed here provides a $1 donation to Foodways Texas. – The former governor is a big fan of Truth BBQ in Brenham: Truth BBQ Hwy 290 Brenham,TX brisket so good it disappears by noon!! Seriously fine Texas cuisine #godblesstexas A photo posted by GovernorPerry (@governorperry) on Jun 23, 2016 at 2:54pm PDT   – Eater Austin does an admirable job of explaining…

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Smoked in Texas: Chicken Wings at Green Mesquite

Green Mesquite has been a fixture in South Austin since Tom Davis opened the place in 1988. The restaurant now has three locations, but the original on Barton Springs Road has all the charm of a real joint and one of the coolest neon signs in Texas. There’s an even better one inside—a glowing red bovine to remind you of the backbone of Texas barbecue: beef. But I’m here to tell you just how good their chicken is. I was first…

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Pat Gee’s Barbecue

The hand-painted wooden sign reads “Pat’s Barbecue,” but everybody calls it Pat Gee’s after its late founder, Mack Henry “Pat” Gee, who opened this barbecue shack east of Tyler, deep in the piney woods, sometime around 1963. Pat, his wife Vida, and their seven children lived just up the hill from the small, wooden building. “We all worked here at one point,” Billy Walker told me during a recent trip. He works here now with…

BBQ News: 06/17 – 06/23

– From First We Feast: How the Texas BBQ Boom Marginalizes Its African-American Roots. – Over this past weekend, Greg Gatlin of Gatlin’s BBQ in Houston made some traditional Beaumont beef links. – Rock thrower not impressed with Franklin Barbecue: The suspected serial rock thrower in Austin reviewed Franklin Barbecue on Yelp: “My dad’s is better” — raphael brion (@raphael_brion) June 17, 2016   – Rien Fertel on Rodney Scott: “Barbecue is ‘a gathering,’…

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