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New Head Pitmaster at La Barbecue

It’s not breaking news that la Barbecue pitmaster John Lewis is working to open a new barbecue joint in Charleston, South Carolina. He announced his intentions late last year, and Lewis Barbecue will open later this year. That means John Lewis will be spending a lot of time in Charleston. He has an apartment there, and flies back and forth on a regular basis. “Once we open [in Charleston] I’ll pretty much be there full-time” he…

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Kings of Competition BBQ

With all the contests and various sanctioning bodies, competition barbecue can get confusing, but one thing is clear. Getting into the Champions Corner at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que is a big honor. It is bestowed upon the winners of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off, the American Royal, and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, also known as The Jack. That means Royal winner Tuffy Stone and the…

BBQ News: 02/20 – 02/26

- GQ Magazine places Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland on its list of the best restaurants in the country and asked “Was Ronnie Killen’s plate rib merely the single greatest piece of barbecue of my entire life, or was it the most magnificent piece of beef ever cooked at any time in history?” – Robert Moss of Southern Living asks if a pitmaster should be up for an award commonly given to chefs. – Aaron Franklin…

Interview: Tim Byres of Smoke

Co-Owner/Chef: Smoke; Opened 2009 Age: 39 Smoker: Wood-fired Offset Smoker Wood: Various Tim Byres is a man who is hard to pin down, mainly because he despises labels. He has been chef, pitmaster, author, culinary diplomat, and almost a food stylist. Six years ago he opened Smoke in West Dallas along with Chris Zielke and Chris Jeffers, and earlier this year they opened the doors to a new location in Plano. Things are going well for the team. Although its…

A Timeline of Lockhart Barbecue

The Texas Legislature designated Lockhart, Texas as the “Barbecue Capital of Texas.” That, you probably knew along with the fact that it is home to five barbecue joints. Kreuz Market, one of Texas’s oldest, opened all the way back in 1900, while Mad Jack’s BBQ Shack is just two years old. Black’s Barbecue, Chisholm Trail Bar-B-Q, and Smitty’s Market all opened in between, but plenty more has happened on the barbecue scene in this town of…

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Meat U Anywhere BBQ

The valet stand just outside the front door of Meat U Anywhere BBQ is a unique barbecue joint amenity. It might seem out of place for this type of restaurant, but owner Andy Sedino has his reasons. When he opened this joint late last year he saw it as a side business to go along with his already successful catering operation. He never expected to be this popular, as evidenced by the small parking lot and…

BBQ News: 02/13 – 02/19

- Pitmaster Aaron Franklin of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue has been nominated for the Best Chef; Southwest award by the James Beard Foundation. – Austin and Lockhart take the #1 and #3 spots on this list of best barbecue cities in America from Thrillist – Will and Nichole Buckman of Corkscrew BBQ in Spring sat down for a chat with the Houston Press: – Southern Living ranks their ten favorite Carolina barbecue joints. – Noted North…

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