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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…

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! https://t.co/ZNgeHSoPYm — J. Kenji López-Alt (@TheFoodLab) August 10, 2016   – The Star Telegram was there…

BBQ News: 07/29 – 08/04

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BBQ News: 07/22 – 07/28

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BBQ News: 07/15 – 07/21

– We second the motion: .@JusticeWillett proudly casts all his votes for the next Pitmaster General of the United States—Aaron Franklin! pic.twitter.com/eOsgJ5o9eo — Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) July 19, 2016   – A man in Austin said he worked at Franklin Barbecue and could exchange barbecue for car rides. The people who took him up on it arrived at Franklin the following day to pick up their barbecue, but found the man had duped them. …

BBQ News: 07/08 – 07/14

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