BBQ News: 12/19 – 01/02

by Daniel Vaughn · January 2, 2015

– “Praying to The Altar of BBQ in Texas” from Trivago.

– Carolyn Wells and the KCBS traveled to Europe to help them put on a proper barbecue competition. The article goes into how to judge barbecue along with describing just how popular American cuisine, like barbecue and burgers, has become in Europe.

– KTBC in Houston Austin looks at the affects of high meat prices on local barbecue joints.

– Beef doesn’t look to be getting any cheaper:


– A thief stole parts of the toilets at Red River BBQ in Houston. 

– A Wisconsin man was killed instantly when a blast inside his homemade smoker blew the door open into his head. 

– A Detroit BBQ joint owner is in some hot water for disparaging Facebook comments. The local news wondered how it would affect the business in the long term. 

– A video about burnt ends shot in Austin:


– Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt shares his year in BBQ review which included 110 barbecue joint visits

– The Smoking Ho had some ups and downs at the new Kent Black’s BBQ in San Marcos, and found some pretty average barbecue from Rudy’s

To sauce or not to sauce, asks the Houston Chronicle. 

– The inauguration of our new governor and lieutenant governor will feature a barbecue. Get your $10 tickets for the 01/20 affair. 

– Grantland goes to la Barbecue in Austin:


– Berkeley, California will soon have a vegan butcher shop

– A photographer spent a few days on the Slagel Family Farms in Illinois to document their pig slaughtering operation. 

– Meat has remained relatively cheap because the big boys process it faster and faster, but that speed has other costs. 

– But then, raising beef might actually be good for the planet. 

– Mmm. Brisket cake:


– Subaru’s Drive magazine took a barbecue road trip through Texas with stops in Taylor, Driftwood, Lockhart, and San Antonio.

– Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor will be henceforth closed on Mondays, but will be open on Sundays. Weekend BBQ warriors rejoice.

– If you’ve always wanted to spend more time at Louie Mueller Barbecue, now is your chance. They’re looking for a pit apprentice.

– Louie Mueller is also about to have their own brand of barbecue sauce on grocery store shelves.

– Hays Co. BBQ in San Marcos is also getting into the barbecue sauce game with their own brand of bottled sauce.

– More BBQ and travel stories together:


– Chef Kent Rathbun will open Hickory Kitchen, featuring burgers and barbecue, in Plano in the spring. 

– The Cheap Bastard finds a cheap meal at Ten 50 BBQ in Richardson. 

– The Dallas Morning News reviews Ten 50 BBQ and gives it two stars. 

– Zagat includes The Slow Bone and Pecan Lodge in their list of great sausages in Dallas. 

– There’s a new barbecue joint coming to Dallas serving Kansas City style barbecue. In the announcement, the Dallas Observer notes that pork ribs are “woefully underrepresented in Dallas”. That came as a surprise. 

– Andrew Zimmern shares his best barbecue picks with Delta’s Sky magazine.  
Zimmern BBQ List


– Steven Raichlen’s Top 10 list for 2014 includes a few familiar names in Texas barbecue. 

– Micklethwait Craft Meats in Austin held a second anniversary celebration

– Evan Leroy of Freedmen’s Bar in Austin covers the knives that every pitmaster needs

– Franklin Barbecue in Austin gets some love from Food Republic in the end of year wrap-up. 

– A look at the chicken-fried beef rib special from Stiles Switch. 

– The Houston Chronicle praises the barbecue from Pappa Charlie’s, and shares some of owner Wesley Jurena’s struggles working out of a trailer. 

– Houston BBQ History:


– A Nashville pitmaster looks to get into the pit building business.

– LC’s BBQ in Kansas City suffers a chimney fire, but it looks like little permanent damage was done.

Jimmy’s Barbecue in Lexington, North Carolina is closing for good.

– Famous Dave’s is evaluating the performance of their many locations across the country, and have already closed three locations in Virginia.

– Brisket pizza every Tuesday in Dallas:


– From the Charleston City Paper: “But the city’s preeminence as a barbecue leader was solidified in October when Austin, Texas’s brisket baron John Lewis of La Barbecue selected Charleston as his second home.” 

– Southern Living introduces us to chicken mull, a traditional barbecue side dish in Georgia. 

– This native Texan in Seattle traded his job in IT for one in the pits. 

– BBQ worth the drive:


– There’s a movie out called “Barbecue,” but it doesn’t seem to be much about barbecue or any good.

– Thrillist calls Austin, Texas the best city for barbecue in the country.

– A serial meat thief has been apprehended in Austin. They’ll never know just how many briskets he stole from H-E-B.

– A whole new level of tailgating:


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