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Tough Turkey

Smoked turkey is about to get expensive. An outbreak of avian flu that started back in March has decimated the turkey flocks in the US, especially in Minnesota. The state is the largest turkey producer, and they lost 10% of their yearly stock due to the outbreak. That has caused a ripple throughout the turkey market, and some barbecue joints in Texas are already feeling it. The rest of them with turkey on their menu will…

BBQ News: 08/21 – 08/27

– A new film is coming out about barbecue in East Austin: Slow Burn Trailer from Jeff Mertz on Vimeo. – You can attend the Kickstarter Launch Party for the Slow Burn film in Austin on 09/05. – The BBC reported American barbecue and a disparity in coverage between white-owned and minority-owned barbecue joints. – The Daily South looks at some of the most influential people in the history of barbecue. – La Barbecue is…

BBQ News: 08/14 – 08/20

– That’s actually the longest grilling marathon there, #hotdog: Watch Tyler Florence break the world record for the longest barbecue marathon. http://t.co/5HET6OekyV pic.twitter.com/O0TGpKCqQ4 — Food Republic (@foodrepublic) August 19, 2015   – The Austinot shares some advice on getting good barbecue in Austin without the huge lines.  – There’s a Franklin Barbecue bingo game.  – A guide to injecting meat before it hits the grill or the smoker, from Meathead at Amazingribs.  – Follow along…

BBQ News: 08/07 – 08/13

– After a steady fall, the Texas cattle inventory is on its way back up. It’s already ticked up 6% compared to last year’s numbers, which represents the first increase since 2005. – A man in Waco tried to steal some brisket from a local grocery store. The police intervened, and he pulled a knife. They shot the man who passed away in the hospital. – Here’s a closer look into the troubled life of…

A Few More Influential Pitmasters

Last week I had the honor of being included in a list amongst a group of barbecue folks who I greatly admire. The list was entitled America’s Most Influential BBQ Pitmasters and Personalities. Those listed, at least the top ten, were all very deserving of recognition. Many of them are people I count as friends, but one thing struck me the first time I glanced through the list. They are all white – all eleven….

BBQ News: 07/31 – 08/06

– From the Austin American Statesman: Austin is not banning barbecue. – “The city of Austin’s Health and Human Services Committee said a recommendation for a city-wide ordinance on barbecue smoke will not come from them.” – Politifact looks into the claim: NIGHTCAP: Austin isn’t banning barbecue restaurants. And Rush Limbaugh’s claim caught fire. http://t.co/lNsNbfOBBB pic.twitter.com/ilMrRvuCt1 — PolitiFact Texas (@PolitiFactTexas) August 5, 2015   – Someone took this video of Austin council member Ellen Troxclair…

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