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I Say DeMaria, You Say DiMaria

In 1891, the S.S. Utopia departed Italy, headed for America. The ship, carrying 880 passengers, many of them Italian immigrants who boarded the Utopia in Naples or Palermo, was sailing through the port of Gibraltar when it struck another vessel. The hole created by the collision sunk the Utopia in just twenty minutes, and 562 passengers died. It was a tragedy chronicled by the New York Times, which reported that people aiding in the recovery effort found the passengers, who had been crammed below-deck…

Interview: Christine Jones of Christine’s Blues ‘N BBQ

Owner/Pitmaster: Christine’s Blues ‘N BBQ; Opened 2000 Age: 53 Smoker: Indirect Heat Wood-Fired Pit Wood: Mesquite and Pecan Records line the wall above the bar at Christine’s Blues ‘N BBQ. As soap operas played silently on the television, I asked her where all the good music was. With a smile, as if she thought nobody would ask, she found a classic R&B Station and hummed along. That’s customer service at Christine’s. She told me all her customers are family,…

BBQ News: 02/03 – 02/09

– Do you know which sausage is the loudest? “Science is all too often stereotyped as academic and aloof, and I am passionate about dispelling that.” https://t.co/cbXrbZE0m7 — Extra Crispy (@extracrispy) February 5, 2017   – The Sausage King of Austin will be crowned on February 16th at St. Elmo Brewing. – Quickbooks talks with Shane Stiles of Stiles Switch BBQ in Austin about restaurant finances. – BBQ kolaches in Austin: Kerlin BBQ’s dedicated barbecue…

Texas Rangers Announce a BBQ Signing

On opening day of the 2018 Texas Rangers season, you’ll be able to enjoy a Kreuz Market sausage before the game. Texas Live!, a new dining and entertainment development is coming to Arlington. Situated between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, the $250 million project will house the third location of Lockhart Smokehouse. This move marks another step toward bringing Texas sports and great Texas barbecue together. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams asked, “What is more Texas than…

Smoked in Texas: Gut Pak at Vitek’s

The Gut Pak is to Waco what rings of smoked sausage are to Lockhart. It’s part of the city’s barbecue identity. A Gut Pak is smoked sausage, barbecue, beans, and cheese, and a few other items piled high atop a mess of Fritos, making this the huskier cousin of a Frito pie. Sometime in the eighties, third-generation owner Bill Vitek (his daughter, Julie, is the current owner) added the iconic item to the menu. Construction workers from a…

BBQ News: 01/27 – 02/02

– Emilio and Christi Soliz are cooking their own brand of Mexi-Q at Kings Hwy Brew & Q in San Antonio. – 2M Smokehouse got some high praise from San Antonio Express News critic Mike Sutter. – Pitt Stop BBQ in Lufkin might be the cleanest barbecue joint in Texas. – Now, it’s the only way I want olives: All our favorite things in a glass! #BrisketStuffedOlives #BloodyMary #ATX #BarbecueWife pic.twitter.com/bbOYmZZcx1 — Barbecue Wife (@BarbecueWife)…

Carnal in Austin

There’s a new beef rib in town. Carnal has found a temporary home in Austin, the epicenter of the Texas barbecue boom, while their spot back home, Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, is closed for the winter. James Zamory and Aaron Saurer, the duo that make up Carnal, draw inspiration from Texas’s smoked meats, but they don’t cook barbecue, nor do they claim to. Instead, they serve a focused menu of large meat cuts cooked in their own fat, so they…

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