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:


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