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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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Hot & Fast Beef Chuck Short Ribs

It was Valentine’s Day, and some neighbors – who have also been married long enough to stay away from restaurants on the 14th – agreed to join us for dinner. I picked up a couple racks of beef ribs and had planned to smoke them indirectly. After too many dinosaur rides at Jurassic Quest (we did it for the kids) and a late lunch, I was tight on time. Some experimenting was in order. I figured I’d see…

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Loco Coyote Grill

Finding a road trip stop with real character always feels like an accomplishment. Highway exits are so often populated with nothing but mini marts and golden arches, it’s hard to find something unique. That’s a quality you’ll certainly find at the Loco Coyote Grill, and long as you see the sign. It’s not an interstate, so the drive down State Highway 67 from Dallas to Glen Rose is a leisurely hour and a half. Just…

BBQ News: 02/06 – 02/12

- On this Valentine’s Day weekend, the Houston Chronicle reminds us that Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is a good place to dump someone. – Burger Mary uses leftover beef fat to make body butter, or “cow lotion.” – “We are in a weird, like, barbecue bubble…Somehow barbecue has become a thing.” – Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin: Brisket was cheap and delicious. Now it’s expensive and you have to wait in line:…

Interview: Michael Hernandez of Hays Co. Bar-B-Que

Owner/Pitmaster: Hays Co. Bar-B-Que; Opened 2007 Age: 41 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Post Oak In just eight short years, Michael Hernandez has gone from complete barbecue newbie to running one of the best barbecue joints in Texas. He was a fast learner and was dedicated to learning a new craft that he first encountered at Kreuz Market in Lockhart just a year before opening Hays Co. Bar-B-Que in San Marcos. Hernandez cooks on all wood smokers of…

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