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BBQ News: 11/18 – 12/01

– The world’s largest barbecue pit went to Galveston to help cook Thanksgiving dinner for the Salvation Army:   – “[A] Yeti cooler may be the greatest source of weekender braggadocio since the Big Green Egg smoker.” – “And like French wine and Italian cheese, the singular character of Texas barbecue – specifically Central Texas-style barbecue – is ultimately rooted in the land where it originated.” – There’s been a 14% decline in meat consumption…

Beef Shorter Ribs

Smoking a brisket is no easy task, and you’ll need a crowd to finish the six or so pounds of smoked meat. Short ribs, specifically beef plate short ribs, make for a much easier hunk of beef to tackle because they’re consistent. Their thickness, marbling, and the direction of their grain are the same all the way through. With more intramuscular fat than a ribeye, they’re almost impossible to dry out. Basically, mastering smoked brisket is…

Barbecue Line Etiquette

I had arrived at Cattleack Barbecue in Dallas later than I’d planned. I expected the line to be long at 11:15 that morning, but it was a real whopper. It snaked through the stanchions set up to herd the crowd and all the way down the side of the new dining room. I cursed to myself because I knew better than to wait this long after their 10:30 opening to get in the door, but at…

BBQ News: 11/11 – 11/17

– Meat Fight in Dallas raised $175,000 in the fight against MS. – The Dallas Observer has a slideshow from Meat Fight. – Check out these scenes from the 7th annul Blues ,Bandits, & BBQ fest in Oak Cliff. – It’s just that the photo doesn’t look like Southern BBQ: We look at how Southern BBQ has permeated the Aussie food scene @lebontonmelb @fancyhanksbbq @Luke__Powell — MUNCHIES (@munchies) November 16, 2016   –…

Governor Tryon’s Barbecue

Protest season seems to be upon us after the recent election. Citizens are taking to the streets to show their displeasure with a new leader, which isn’t anything new in the United States. Before the original Brexit united us, we were anything but polite. Of course you remember the Boston Tea Party, and you might even have retained some knowledge of the Stamp Act, but what about Governor Tryon’s Barbecue? It sounds festive enough, but the…

Local Yocal Backyard

McKinney now has a barbecue truck, but it wasn’t an easy path. The suburb north of Dallas took so long to allow food trucks (they were illegal per city ordinance until last year) that the mobile food bandwagon was gone before the city had the chance to hop on. Restrictions like minimum distances between food trucks and restaurants (300 feet), and even other food trucks (1,000 feet) are still in place, which is why you might find them…

30 Years of Railhead Smokehouse

When Charlie Geren opened Railhead Smokehouse in Fort Worth, he had already failed at his previous attempt at the restaurant business. Geren said he had just “lost his ass” in a “steak and beer joint” in north Fort Worth, but decided to partner with a pitmaster friend, Harry Pilcher, to take over an empty beer barn. Thirty years later, Railhead is still a Fort Worth staple, and the spot where Geren gets lunch everyday when he’s in Fort Worth….

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