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Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

If you’ve traveled down I-35 between Waco and Austin, you’ve probably wondered about Schoepf’s. Red billboards in either direction beckon. The name is noticeable if only for its phonetically challenging spelling (they say it “shuffs”). It might also be in your consciousness if you’re a longtime reader of Texas Monthly, which included it in the Top 50 BBQ Joint lists in 1997, 2003, and 2008. If you wonder why it didn’t make it onto the latest one, blame Miller’s Smokehouse…

BBQ News: 10/30 – 11/05

– Barbecue competitor and television personality Myron Mixon ran for mayor in his hometown of Unadilla, Georgia, and won by twenty votes. – The Houston Chronicle provides this historical profile of Houston pitmaster Lenoa Ginn. – Sunday’s Texas Monthly TMBBQ Fest in Austin was a success: Carnivorous hangover observations from the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival — Eater Austin (@EaterAustin) November 3, 2015   – Also reporting at the TMBBQ Fest was CultureMap Houston and CultureMap Dallas….

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Tortillas: The Other White Bread

Standing at the counter at Kreuz Market in Lockhart last week, I was asked, “Bread or crackers?” I thought about it for a moment, but all I wanted to say was, “How about some tortillas?” Instead, the large group I was with opted for a half sleeve of saltines (filling up on bread was not part of the feasting plan), and at the end of the meal, more of the crackers were left on the butcher…

TMBBQ Festival 2015

Thanks to everyone for making this year’s Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival a success. Here are a few of our favorite shots from the day. Don’t scroll down if you’re hungry. [View the story “TMBBQ Fest 2015″ on Storify]

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True ‘Cue Kerfuffle

Thanks to Calvin Trillin, barbecue is once again in the national spotlight. In his recent New Yorker article “In Defense of True ‘Cue,” Trillin highlighted True ‘Cue, an organization that campaigns for what they designate as “Real Barbecue,” while decrying what it refers to as “Faux ‘Cue,” meat sold as barbecue that isn’t cooked with wood. The use of those terms to define barbecue–true vs. faux–has put some in the barbecue world on the defensive. Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker in Nashville…

BBQ News: 10/23 – 10/29

– With brisket prices coming down, both Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland and Riverport Barbecue in Jefferson have lowered their prices on brisket. – Rick Bayless is insightful on the future of barbecue, and he puts the smack down on the way barbecue is generally portrayed on television. – A yodel dedicated to Franklin Barbecue: Finished a page, so took a few minutes to write a really short song: Franklin BBQ Blue Yodel. — Chris…

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No End to KC Getting Burnt by Texas

Kansas City deserves all the credit for one of barbecue’s greatest inventions: the burnt end. These are the crusty ends from the fatty side of the brisket that are cubed into bite-sized morsels. They’re sometimes re-seasoned and/or sauced, then smoked further to get more tender and a bit crunchy around the edges. Without them, the only brisket Kansas City would have to offer are those limp slices of deli roast beef that they call sliced brisket. Kansas…

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