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BBQ News: 05/01 – 05/07

– A Texas pitmaster has been honored by the James Beard Foundation as the best chef in the Southwest region. Congratulations, Aaron Franklin: The winner of Best Chef: Southwest: Aaron Franklin, @bbqfranklin, Austin #jbfa — Beard Foundation (@beardfoundation) May 5, 2015   – Here’s more on the big win for Franklin and for barbecue in the Dallas Morning News.  – Aaron Franklin shared his reaction to winning the James Beard award with TMBBQ.  – The…

A James Beard for Barbecue

Aaron Franklin did it. Last night the owner and pitmaster at Austin’s Franklin Barbecue became the first ever pitmaster recognized in any “best chef” category of the annual James Beard Foundation Awards. (See this earlier post for more on the significance of the win) For the title of best chef in the Southwest region, Franklin beat out Martin Rios of New Mexico, Kevin Binkley of Arizona, and fellow Texans Bryce Gilmore of Austin, and Houston’s Justin…

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Eastern North Carolina BBQ at Skylight Inn

Skylight Inn cooks whole hogs over wood coals in Ayden, North Carolina just like they did when they first opened in 1947. This past weekend I embedded myself with Samuel Jones, the third generation of the Skylight Inn family, at BBQ on the Neuse. The event was centered around a whole hog cooking competition pitting eighty-four teams against one another. Their steel cookers, propane tanks, and cherry-red hogs were on display across the festival grounds,…

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Bodacious Bar-B-Q (Marshall)

Popular restaurants all over the world have signature dishes, some even have just one item that makes them a dining destination. You go to Katz’s Deli in New York for pastrami, Mary’s Cafe in Strawn, Texas for chicken fried steak, and nobody complains about the fish at House of Prime Rib in San Francisco. At Bodacious Bar-B-Q in Marshall, Texas you go for the ribs. “A chain!” you ask? Yes. Bodacious is a mostly East Texas (there…

BBQ News: 04/24 – 04/30

– Brisket prices are finally trending downward. Our national nightmare might be coming to a close. – A tribute to Annie Mae Ward who established the barbecue stand at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, aka The Church of the Holy Smoke. – The Texans Vince Wilfork got a new pit from the guys at Pitmaker: Vince Wilfork adjusting to Houston, bought this monster BBQ trailer — Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) April 29, 2015…

Brisket Prices Tumbling

The wholesale cost of brisket has been increasing, sometimes dramatically, since 2013. Now, it seems to be tumbling from its peak. Back in mid-January the wholesale price for whole briskets (IMPS 120) was $3.59/lb and this week it has dropped to $2.74/lb. That’s the lowest price for brisket in over a year. It’ll take some time for retail prices to reflect the drop, but one food supplier in Texas has seen them come down quite…

Interview: Edward Davila of Davila’s BBQ

Owner/Pitmaster: Davila’s BBQ; Opened 1959 Age: 65 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Mesquite Edward Davila has just hit retirement age, but he can’t imagine life without working at the barbecue joint. He’s been doing it since he was a boy, and now he’s teaching his son to follow in his footsteps. After our interview, Davila wanted to show off his custom built pits. They have a unique design where the racks are stacked like a giant Lazy Susan for…

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