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Hot & Fast Beef Chuck Short Ribs

It was Valentine’s Day, and some neighbors – who have also been married long enough to stay away from restaurants on the 14th – agreed to join us for dinner. I picked up a couple racks of beef ribs and had planned to smoke them indirectly. After too many dinosaur rides at Jurassic Quest (we did it for the kids) and a late lunch, I was tight on time. Some experimenting was in order. I figured I’d see…

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Loco Coyote Grill

Finding a road trip stop with real character always feels like an accomplishment. Highway exits are so often populated with nothing but mini marts and golden arches, it’s hard to find something unique. That’s a quality you’ll certainly find at the Loco Coyote Grill, and long as you see the sign. It’s not an interstate, so the drive down State Highway 67 from Dallas to Glen Rose is a leisurely hour and a half. Just…

BBQ News: 02/06 – 02/12

- On this Valentine’s Day weekend, the Houston Chronicle reminds us that Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is a good place to dump someone. – Burger Mary uses leftover beef fat to make body butter, or “cow lotion.” – “We are in a weird, like, barbecue bubble…Somehow barbecue has become a thing.” – Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin: Brisket was cheap and delicious. Now it’s expensive and you have to wait in line:…

Interview: Michael Hernandez of Hays Co. Bar-B-Que

Owner/Pitmaster: Hays Co. Bar-B-Que; Opened 2007 Age: 41 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Post Oak In just eight short years, Michael Hernandez has gone from complete barbecue newbie to running one of the best barbecue joints in Texas. He was a fast learner and was dedicated to learning a new craft that he first encountered at Kreuz Market in Lockhart just a year before opening Hays Co. Bar-B-Que in San Marcos. Hernandez cooks on all wood smokers of…

Pastrami at Pieous

Joshua and Paige Kaner opened Pieous in early 2013. They took over an old Cartwright’s BBQ building southwest of Austin on Highway 290. The plan was always to cook with fire, so a custom wood-fired oven was installed to cook the pizzas. A rotisserie smoker was left behind by the previous owners, so they decided to add house-made pastrami to the menu. Now about half of the customers add pastrami to their order at this…

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Clark Food & Wine Co.

It’s only fifteen percent of a wandering menu, but the listings under “New Texas Smokehouse” at Clark Food & Wine in Dallas begged for a visit. It’s a chic new restaurant on Lower Greenville, a neighborhood that has been amping up its restaurant game of late. The meat-centric Blind Butcher can quench any carnivore’s appetite across the street, but it’s not barbecue. Clark Food & Wine looked to fill that void, but after three meals…

BBQ News: 01/30 – 02/05

- Brisket is getting more expensive, yada, yada, yada. – With the high price of beef, there’s a brisket bandit on the loose in San Antonio. – Maybe these three guys were looking for brisket when they got arrested after breaking into a Rudy’s BBQ in Webster, Texas. – For the first time, there are two locations of Kreuz Market. The new Bryan location opened on Monday: And away we go!!!! — Kreuz Market…

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