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Kerlin BBQ

Kerlin BBQ isn’t yet a year old, making it one of the youngest barbecue joints in Austin to be mentioned with the big names. Owner and pitmaster Bill Kerlin is also pretty new to the craft of smoking meat. “I never cooked a brisket until I moved to Texas.” That was three years ago when he and his wife Amelis left Arizona for Austin. They were looking for a change of pace from Arizona and…

BBQ Photographers: R.J. Hinkle

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. R.J. Hinkle – Addison, Texas A native son of the Lone Star State as well as a barbecue habitué, R.J. Hinkle is an advertising, commercial and editorial photographer based in Addison, Texas. For years he has been traveling to joints and smoke pits throughout the state to capture images of…

BBQ News: 06/20 – 06/26

- John Lewis of Austin’s la Barbecue will travel to South Carolina to show them what Texas BBQ is all about in this cross-cultural barbecue event. – Alice Laussade lists ten ways you know your relationship is over in Dallas. #2 is “He takes you to Dickey’s.” – Goedecker’s pulled off some deep-level barbecue trolling. They created an infographic on American barbecue styles, left Texas off entirely, then sent it to me to re-post on…

Interview: Will Fleischman of Lockhart Smokehouse

Pitmaster: Lockhart Smokehouse, Plano; Opened 2014 Age: 42 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Oak Will Fleischman has tattoos and steel hoops in his ears, but his most distinguishing feature is the beard. He’s hard to miss when behind the counter slicing, but it might be a while before he can get back at it. When I went in for our interview he greeted me with one arm in a sling. He broke a few bones trying to fix…

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Hinze’s BBQ

Nothing about Hinze’s BBQ in Sealy says trendy. It’s situated a half block from I-10, and right next to a Whataburger. Just like that Whataburger, Hinze’s has a drive-thru stacked with vehicles. There were so many cars that I went inside to find their massive menu displayed on LED screens above the ordering counter. The red flags were mounting. There are five different fried meat items that aren’t steak. I nearly lost my nerve when…

Barbecue Rant

I eat a lot of barbecue, but rarely do I fear taking a bite of what I’m served. This weekend was one of those rare experiences. It was some of the most soulless, thoughtless barbecue I’ve encountered. There were so many questionable decisions made in the course of assembling a single order, I couldn’t tell if they were born of apathy or ineptness. Whichever, they reflected poorly on a new business in a small town with…

BBQ News: 06/13 – 06/19

- Zagat Austin lists their favorite barbecue events around the state this summer. – Gayot comes out with their list of the top ten barbecue joints in the country. – has a list of their top BBQ destinations. In Austin they highlight a humorous paring of events – a meal with John Mueller followed by the Austin Symphony. – They’re trying their hand at smoked brisket in North Carolina, and even knocking off a…

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