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Bryan Family Artifacts and Mementos

This week on TMBBQ we’ll take a look at the Bryan family’s barbecue legacy. From Elias, to Red, to Sonny Bryan and beyond, the Dallas roots of this family tree run deep, but the branches extend well beyond Texas. With so much family history, there are plenty of artifacts and mementos that I’ve captured images of. There are just too many to share in the upcoming stories, so here’s a look at some great ones. Many of…

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Southside BBQ

Cherokee sits in between San Saba and Llano in the Texas Hill Country. There aren’t many dining options in this town of a hundred seventy-five. A gas station has ready-made pizzas and there’s Southside BBQ on the weekends. Alva Zulauf and his wife Chris have operated a barbecue catering company for a long while, but it’s just been in the last three years that they settled into this permanent, year round location along Highway 16….

BBQ News: 08/29 – 09/04

- Kreuz Market in Lockhart claims former employee, Brian Thornton, quit and took company trade secrets with him. They’re still looking for him. – There is such a thing as BBQ flavored protein chips. – I just now came across this video of North Carolina’s Keith Allen making his barbecue. He is a man of barbecue principals: – A day in the life of la Barbecue in Austin. “The beef ribs, indeed, are sold out…

Interview: Prause Family of Prause Meat Market

Owners: Prause Meat Market; Opened 1890′s Age: Gary Prause (60), Brian Prause (59), Kathy Prause (55), Mark Prause, pitmaster (51) Smoker: Wood-fired brick pit Wood: Oak Prause (pronounced Prowse-ey) Meat Market has been operating in La Grange for one hundred ten years. The family moved the market into its current building on the downtown square in 1953, and these days the fourth generation of the family keeps it going. It’s one of the few barbecue joint/meat markets in Texas where the meat…

BBQ Photographers: Kenny Braun

Every month we’ll bring you a profile of a photographer who has captured the people, the food and the spaces that make up the world of barbecue. Kenny Braun – Austin, Texas Kenny Braun is best known for his environmental portraiture, landscape and editorial photography. Music, surfing and photography have been his passions since high-school, each influencing the other. His personal work explores a sense of place and memory by returning to scenes from his childhood….

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Heavy’s Outdoor Bar-B-Que

The fire burns brightly in a brick pit out front of Heavy’s in Hondo. It’s a hulking brick pit built by the McBee family back when they opened this barbecue joint, and it’s prominent location on the front corner of the building, along with the smoke that pours out of it, is a tempting advertisement for travelers driving through town. Back behind a tarp is a stainless steel Southern Pride rotisserie smoker. It looks like…

BBQ News: 08/22 – 08/28

- A woman in Dallas bought the former home of Sonny Bryan, but didn’t realize it until she found his old letters and Army rucksack in the attic. – The Houston Chronicle provides a vivid description of the fire that broke out at Hinze’s in Wharton, and describes the family’s future plans for a new barbecue joint. – How to make a 120 lb pastrami:   – The Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival comes to…

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