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Interview: Matt Hamilton of Local Yocal Market

Owner: Local Yocal Farm to Market in McKinney, opened 2010 Age: 37 Matt Hamilton grew up on a ranch in southern Oklahoma, but just a few years back he was using his college degree in the corporate world. It wasn’t until 2009 that he decided to go full bore into the ranching life once again with the Genesis Beef company. After a couple years selling beef at farmers markets, it was time for a bigger move. That’s when Local…

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Matus Pit Bar-B-Q

It was Saturday morning and I had snuck away briefly from a conference I was attending to check on a barbecue lead in Caldwell. My web searches brought up none of the details of the joint. From searching on Google’s street viewer I found the building and a couple of signs that read “Bar-B-Q Every Saturday and Sunday.” When I arrived at 11:30 the “Sold Out” sign was already taped to the door. I went…

BBQ Pop-Up in Brooklyn

We’re coming to Brooklyn this week, and we’re bringing some pitmasters with us. Texas Monthly is holding our second annual barbecue pop-up at the new Brooklyn location of Hill Country Barbecue Market this Thursday evening. Three of Texas’s best will be providing some of their specialty smoked meats. Here is the line-up: Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor, Texas Wayne Mueller is bringing his pepper crusted brisket and behemoth beef ribs.   Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue…

BBQ News: 03/14 – 03/20

- Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que is coming to Downtown Austin where they aim to become the Hopdoddy of barbecue. – Jimmy Kimmel came to Austin, and he loved the food – especially the BBQ. – Stephen Naron had an epic barbecue trip through Austin which he entitled #BBQPalooza2014. Here’s his recap. – A meme we can get behind: #truth #bbqneedssmoke #BBQ pic.twitter.com/uLd1Ezcvsx — Craig (@BigGreenCraig) March 19, 2014   – The James Beard award…

Interview: Ernestine Edmond of Mama E’s BBQ

Owner/Pitmaster: Mama E’s BBQ & Home Cooking, opened 2006 Age: 61 Smoker: Wood-fired offset smoker Wood: Pecan, Oak, Pear Ernestine Edmond has cooked most of her life. She learned about killing and processing chickens from her mother, and her mother-in-law taught her about cleaning a fresh hog. She’s never looked at chitterlings the same way again. She is one of few female pitmasters in Texas, but she’s not just the cook. Ernestine owns the business, the building and the…

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Petty’s BBQ

My visit to Petty’s BBQ was just a stop out of convenience. I came to Killeen to eat at another barbecue joint up the street. Big LL’s BBQ opened earlier this year just a mile away from Petty’s, and in a news story the owner announced ”I don’t have to be number one to make money.” That may be correct, but he should at least be as good as the competition within a mile radius. I…

Jimmy Kimmel Loves Austin

Jimmy Kimmel came to Austin for SXSW and he gave Austin’s food scene a week’s worth of boosterism in front of a national television audience. Not only was there significant name dropping of all restaurant types, but barbecue was mentioned in every episode. The opening credits even used an adaptation of the sign from The County Line Bar-B-Q for Cleto and the Cletones and the set was designed with reproductions of neon signs around town….

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