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New BBQ Joint Opening in Grapevine

For nearly a decade San Angelo native and current Keller resident Andy Sedino worked for Rudy’s BBQ. When he left in 2012 he was a managing partner and the Director of Operations for the North Texas franchises of the popular chain. Now he’s looking to bring his own brand of barbecue to the area. Meat U Anywhere BBQ has been a catering operation for the last year or so, but a permanent restaurant location is…

Interview: Ricky Murray of Murray’s BBQ

Owner/ Pitmaster: Murray’s BBQ; Opened 1987 Age: 58 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Hickory and Pecan Ricky Murray handed me a chopped beef and hot link sandwich and lined up several bottles of hot sauce. He makes a good barbecue sauce, but he considers himself more a hot sauce aficionado. Before my meal and our interview ended, he was swirling together sauces to make a custom blend that he swore would go well with the last few bites…

Fires in Recent Texas BBQ History

Last week a fire at Hinze’s BBQ in Wharton shut the restaurant down indefinitely. The fire began as a grease fire in the pit, but quickly spread. The building was a total loss, but the owners have vowed to rebuild. That’s not always the case. A fire can be emotionally and financially devastating to a small business, and many never recover. Here’s a look at some recent fires at Texas barbecue joints along with their…

FM Smoekhouse 07

FM Smoke House

FM Smoke House began with sous vide brisket and bacon grease injections. The owners of Holy Grail Pub in Plano had some success with inventive barbecue items at their weekend “Smoke Out” barbecue events, so they brought some of those ideas along when they branched out last year into Irving to serve barbecue. A few months after opening, the gimmicks weren’t working. The brisket was dry and flavorless. The bacon grease had long seeped out…

BBQ News: 08/01 – 08/07

- Sad news out of Wharton, Texas. A fire started in the pit room of Hinze’s BBQ, and the building is a total loss:   – More details on the devastating fire at Hinze’s BBQ in Wharton from the Houston Chronicle. – A Go Fund Me site has been starting to help the rebuilding effort at Hinze’s. – A much smaller fire occurred at a Bill Miller’s in San Antonio when a pot of beans…

Interview: Bert Bunte of Zimmerhanzel’s Bar-B-Que

Owner/ Pitmaster: Zimmerhanzel’s Bar-B-Que; Opened 1980 Age: 55 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Oak Bert Bunte is a man of few words. When I stopped in at Zimmerhanzel’s for this interview, he tried to shove it off onto his wife Dee-Dee, but then finally agreed to talk with me in a short window of down time. After the interview, we went back inside into the pit room. There’s a broken thermometer on the door of the pit. Bunte told…


Biggest TMBBQ Fest Ever

In a little over a month we’ll be hosting our biggest Texas Monthly BBQ Festival yet, with twenty-five pitmasters from around the state bringing their barbecue to Austin. It’s the fifth annual event in a series that’s proven very popular. This year was no different with the VIP tickets selling out in just minutes last week. There are still some general admission tickets left, so pluck them up because they won’t last long. This year we’ll…

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