BBQ News: 07/18 – 07/24

by Daniel Vaughn · July 24, 2014

- Zagat calls these thirty-four barbecue joints the most important in Texas. Maybe describing the list as “definitive” and “unequivocal” was a reach.

- The Dallas Observer has started a new column called Shigging. This week they look at the secrets behind the barbecue at Lockhart Smokehouse.

- Food Republic takes an in-depth look at the surge of well-made barbecue in New York City.

- Nick Pencis shares some tips with Texas Highways Magazine on smoking brisket.

- Road Trip!


- The Houston Press talks to Elise Osfelt of Moët & Chandon who suggests their bubbly rosé goes with barbecue. Reportedly, it “pairs nicely with red meat or game meat, along with peppers and peppercorns.” 

- A barbecue cook-off to benefit Camp Craig Allen is planned for October 3rd and 4th in Frisco. There’s room for 75 barbecue teams, so jump into the competition. 

- Bacon Bash Texas in Cranfills Gap will be held on October 18th, and they’re looking for teams who like to cook bacon. 

- Evan LeRoy of Freedmen’s Bar in Austin is profiled by the Smoking Ho blog. 

- Smoking Ho sees some promise at Terry Black’s Barbecue:


- Hank on Food really enjoyed Valley Ranch Grill & BBQ in Houston.

- Carl’s Jr. launched the Texas BBQ Thickburger featuring chopped brisket on a burger patty.

- The Oxford American takes a look at Texas’s largest potential barbecue source – wild hogs.

- Gatlin’s BBQ and Micklethwait Craft Meats, among others, were featured on the Travel Channel’s Barbecue Paradise 3:


- OpenTable provides their list of the best barbecue joints in the country. What they should have said is the best barbecue joints that take reservations.

- Johnathan Gold of the LA Times calls out Opentable on their limited list.

- Fox News lists a few great places for barbecue across Texas. They miss a few, but it’s nice some new names on this list.

- Another series of lazy barbecue lists. These are from Urbanspoon.

- A good way to end a barbecue meal:


- Cranky Frank’s in Fredericksburg is closed for vacation from 7/21 – 7/28. 

- The Houston Chronicle highlights the Granary in San Antonio in this hunger-inducing slideshow

- Dallas Bites is hosting a BBQ bus tour through Dallas this Saturday. 

- Slab BBQ will open in Austin in early August. 

- Baker’s Ribs will open a new location in Grapevine soon, taking over the spot vacated by Big Racks BBQ. 

- British food critic Jay Rayner single-handedly won the war on fat. Brisket fans rejoice:


- A collection of great images from the SC-TX BBQ Invitational in Charleston a couple weeks back.

- Now they’re serving Alabama-style barbecue in Seoul, Korea.

- Two Detroit-area barbecue joints got into a war of words over Facebook.

- The Houston Chronicle profiles the BBQ Godfather in Spring, Texas.

- Dallas chef Dean Fearing shares his recipe for smoked brisket with Cowboys & Indians magazine.

- The Brits are now writing things called “The Ultimate Guide to BBQ Smoking.” Cute:


- Operation BBQ Relief sent a deployment to the Texas border to help feed the immigrant children. 

- Veteran golf reporter Dan Jenkins couldn’t make his 46th consecutive trip to the British Open, so he spent it at home in Fort Worth eating barbecue

- Riscky’s BBQ in Ft. Worth is hosting a rib eating contest on Saturday 7/26. The first twenty who enter have a chance to win the $500 prize. 

- This is how every steak should be presented in a restaurant:


- SmokeCage, made in Garland, Texas, is featured on Martha Stewart’s American Made site. 

- Number 8 on this “weirdest jobs” list is barbecue editor. Not sure what’s weird about that. 

- How to roast a whole animal from Esquire, with significant input from Dallas’s Tim Byres. 

- Johnny Fuggit is out to find the best barbecue in America

- Happy Birthday, Ham:


  • Chris Fultz

    Love the images from SC-TX. Thanks for the link!

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