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Billy’s Oak Acres Bar-B-Q

On my first visit back in October, I thought that Billy Woodrich of Billy’s Oak Acres was smoking the best brisket in Fort Worth. It was smoky, moist, and perfectly tender showing some real skill from whoever was tending the pit. Since then, my opinion has wandered back and forth a bit over several visits where the restaurant seemed to be schizophrenic. It turns out it was all in Woodrich’s head, but it was just…

Jerk Baby Back Ribs

Billy Durney is a native of Brooklyn, so it wasn’t difficult to choose the small Red Hook neighborhood in which he opened his barbecue joint, Hometown Bar-B-Que. He called it “Hometown” because this is where both his grandmothers settled after emigrating to New York. This is where he returned to after traveling the world as a private bodyguard to the stars. This is where he gets to smoke meat in the mornings with a view…

BBQ News: 03/21 – 03/27

Public Service Announcement – This twitter account exists: I’ve seen bigger lines for the girls bathroom on dirty 6th. Shortest wait all week guaranteed. #protip #bbq #atx pic.twitter.com/ZvMUEN22oP — Franklin BBQ Line (@FranklinBBQline) March 25, 2014   – Zagat Austin provides this list of under-the-radar barbecue joints to visit in town.  – Doug Pickering, pitmaster at WORK in Dallas, was featured on the local news. Here’s the video.  – When vegans attack:   – D…

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…

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