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Stillwater Barbeque

With a history formed by ranching and railroads, Abilene sounds like a city destined to have good brisket. It was founded in 1883 after cattle ranchers and land speculators convinced the railroad to swing north of former county seat Buffalo Gap, and a new city was born. After the railroad came through, cattle no longer needed to make the long trek up the Great Western Trail to Kansas. Still, good brisket is hard to find here….

BBQ News: 12/05 – 12/11

- Gatlin’s BBQ in Houston is ditching its original building for a larger location about a mile and a half north. – Russell Roegels is rebranding his barbecue restaurant in Houston from Baker’s Ribs to Roegels Barbecue Co. – Hinze’s BBQ in Wharton was destroyed by fire in August, but it’s back open in a temporary location. – The evolution of Weber Grills: Love this @WeberGrills Timeline chart. Iconic. #BBQ #Grilling pic.twitter.com/EXZalj1802 — Danielle –…

Interview: Ricky Mumphord of Mumphord’s Place

Co-Owner/ Pitmaster: Mumphord’s Place; Opened 2000 Age: 57 Smoker: Direct heat steel pit Wood: Mesquite and Oak When your family came through Indianola, Texas, which suffered two hurricanes and was essentially abandoned by 1887, you know the family’s been around a while. That’s where the Mumphord’s landed after coming to Texas. They soon settled in nearby Dacosta and Placedo and a few other small towns south of Victoria. There’s even a Mumphord Rd. near Victoria and a two…

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Sustainable Beef?

Last week, one of the Big Four meatpackers in the U.S. announced plans to produce sustainable beef, but environmentalists did not rejoice. According to a company press release, Cargill Cattle Feeders and Vela Environmental, in a joint venture, will “create a verified beef supply chain sustainability assessment program for Cargill.” This comes on the heels of November’s Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, in São Paulo, Brazil. Cargill was a Diamond sponsor of the event along…

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Triple J’s Smokehouse

The smokers were everywhere. Co-owner Rhonda Scales had led me through a swinging door into the kitchen where a hulking rotisserie pit was churning with tomorrow’s briskets. “We use all oak,” she told me as we walked out the back door. Split oak logs were piled around two more trailer-mounted rotisseries, a Southern Pride and an Ole Hickory, that were loaded with poultry, links, and boudin. “We only use wood. The gas is just to…

BBQ News: 11/29 – 12/04

- “This is white trash ambience with four star barbecue.” Billy Woodrich describing his restaurant Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ. – Beef giant Cargill looks to create a sustainable line of beef. – “Qibuchang village is to stinky tofu what Lockhart, Texas is to barbecue.” – The NYT food critic enjoyed some Texas BBQ over the holiday weekend: Black Friday brisket, sausage & beef rib (I passed on smoked turkey) from @killensbbq. Beautiful work, pitmasters. pic.twitter.com/4JTMh72s0V…

Interview: Louis McMillan of McMillan’s Bar-B-Q

Owner/Pitmaster: McMillan’s Bar-B-Q; Opened 1974 Age: 69 Smoker: Wood-fired Offset Smoker Wood: Oak, Mesquite, and Pecan Louis McMillan wasn’t happy, and I knew he wouldn’t be. I was in his restaurant to interview him because he’d been honored as one of Texas Monthly’s Top 50 BBQ joints, but we had a longer history. While traveling for my book research a few years ago I’d stopped into McMillan’s for a less than impressive meal and I wrote about it. I included…

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