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Evan LeRoy manning the Freedmen's smoker

Evan LeRoy Leaving Freedmen’s Bar

Talented pitmaster Evan LeRoy has left his position at Freedmen’s Bar in Austin. He’s planning a place of his own, but details are still vague. LeRoy told me over the phone that he hoped to have something open in the Austin area within the next year, and promised that it would be a barbecue-centric menu. In the meantime he’ll be teaching barbecue classes with the 500 gallon smoker he has parked at his home, and working with the…

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Franklin Barbecue in Sweden

Although he runs Franklin Barbecue out of Austin, Aaron Franklin is known worldwide for his barbecue. Franklin’s smoked meats are respected by his peers and revered by critics, and he has a James Beard Award to prove it. He has shared his knowledge through his show, BBQ With Franklin, and his best-selling book, but up until last week he’d never offered a hands-on cooking class. For his first-ever barbecue class, Franklin made the trek to Holy Smoke BBQ, just…

BBQ News: 08/05 – 08/18

– BBQ guru Steven Raichlen shared his favorite stops for smoked meat with the Daily Beast, and Texas gets plenty of love. – These are the most influential barbecue joints in the country. – Why not try beef chuck in the smoker? Brisket is pricey and finicky. Chuck is cheap and foolproof and makes fantastic barbecue. Try it out! — J. Kenji López-Alt (@TheFoodLab) August 10, 2016   – The Star Telegram was there…

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A Piece of Tex-Lanta at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Beef barbecue isn’t hard to find in Atlanta. Most menus feature brisket, and the city might just have more options for smoked beef short ribs than Fort Worth. But that wasn’t the case in 2007, when twins Justin and Jonathan Fox opened Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q just east of downtown Atlanta. In what seems like the barbecue dark ages compared to the Atlanta scene today, the pork sandwich was king, and ribs or chicken battled for second and…

BBQ News: 07/29 – 08/04

– Delish looks at the wild world of cooking competitions, including how to become a barbecue judge. – Tasty Meat polled a number of notable grillers about common grilling mistakes. They shared the 25 most common ones. – I talked with the Leisuremen radio show about Texas barbecue, including some great places to find it. Jump ahead to the 20:00 mark. – Zagat talks to barbecue joint owners in Central Texas to find out what…

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Stringer’s Lufkin Bar-B-Que

A couple of years back I compiled a list of Texas barbecue treasures, or joints that had been open for at least fifty years. But it wasn’t until recently that I noticed that Stringer’s Lufkin Bar-B-Que was the oldest on the list without a mention on TMBBQ. They celebrated 65 years in deep East Texas just last year, and there’s more to the place than the fried rolls they’re so famous for. Lufkin Bar-B-Que was a shack when it…

BBQ News: 07/22 – 07/28

– Livestock producers have increased supplies of hogs and cattle to a level described by Bloomberg as a “meat mountain.” Meat just keeps getting cheaper. – Beware pitmasters. The Atlantic dives into the root causes of tuberculosis, and determines that it might have first developed in people sharing close quarters with a wood fire. – BBQ Summer Camp: Foodways Texas BBQ Camp July: photos from #bbqcamp at #tamubbq @foodwaystx — Kelly Yandell (@themeaningofpie) July…

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