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Back in 2017, when I first wrote about Big D Barbecue in Mansfield, owner Jordy Jordan told me about his upcoming project: Cowtown Brewing Co. would bring together his two loves of barbecue and beer. It opened last fall in Fort Worth, serving plenty of barbecue along with craft beers from head brewer Shawn Kidwell. Ten beers were on draft when I visited on a Thursday afternoon. Rock Island Red had just come on tap, and the rest of the lineup ranged from a light Mexican-style lager to a heavy and high ABV Imperial Milk Stout, appropriately named Cow Topper. Jordan recommended La Cabra Dorada, a maibock beer to accompany the barbecue. They were fresh out of brisket, but the baby back ribs and country-style pork…View Original Post

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Derek Allan’s Texas BBQ might be the newest barbecue joint in Fort Worth, but owners Derek and Brittany Crudgington have been in the smoked-meat business far longer. They ran a food truck, Don’t Mess With Texas BBQ, in a the parking lot of a Best Buy in Grapevine for two years. It closed in 2017 as they made plans for their new brick-and-mortar in Frisco, but the build-out schedule lagged. They looked to a different location in Fort Worth and took over a shop that had been selling meal kits; the nine-month renovation ran their savings dry. They finally opened in late May, with Trent “TK” King as the third member of the crew. Now Fort Worth has another contender for best barbecue in town. For…View Original Post

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Smoked beef short ribs at Franklin Barbecue in Austin might just be the most difficult bite of barbecue to score in Texas. They’re served only on Saturdays, which is usually the busiest day with the longest lines at Franklin. I’ve tried bites of the beef rib at festivals but never ate one in the dining room, so on a recent Saturday, I grabbed a chair and a book and took my spot at fifteenth in line at 6:15 in the morning. The beef plate short rib, for the uninitiated, is a cut just behind the brisket and below the ribeye on a steer. A rack contains three bones and plenty of well-marbled beef. The ribs are incredibly rich and can cost a small fortune. Since…View Original Post

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Texas barbecue is flaunting its dominance in some unexpected places these days. During a road trip through portions of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, I didn’t bring along high hopes for smoked brisket and sausages, but was proven wrong. And in Missouri, where Kansas City style barbecue is religion, Texas-style sliced briskets is creating converts. While in line at Federal Hill Smokehouse in Erie, Pennsylvania, an employee walked past me into the pit room to fetch some fresh barbecue. I spied a Dallas-built Bewley smoker when he opened the door. Owners Ryan and Autumn Atzert were on the other side of the counter. I paid Autumn after ordering, and Ryan took a brief break from the cutting block to tell me, “I used your book as a guide…View Original Post

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The readers’ choice and editors’ choice rarely match up when it comes to barbecue joints, but in this case, Snow’s BBQ takes the crown in both. The complete history of barbecue pork ribs: Our barbecue menus are richer (and our fingers stickier) as a result. https://t.co/agzeAjmL7l — Serious Eats (@seriouseats) July 3, 2019 The Dallas Morning News digs into Heim BBQ’s bacon burnt ends and shares a couple recipes for its popular side dishes. The day has already passed, but June 29 is now *officially* bacon burnt end day, thanks to Heim Barbecue. Trey’s Chow Down lists his barbecue favorites across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To roast a whole lamb, don’t do it whole: White Beards BBQ is open in Azle with a tiny dining room, great ribs, and nine-layer…View Original Post

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What else is there to say? Our readers have great taste. After six rounds of competition and votes cast by more than 11,000 participants, the Texas Monthly Readers’ Choice is … also the Texas Monthly Editors’ Choice. Snow’s BBQ of Lexington, which we declared the best barbecue joint in the state the last time we ranked the Top 50 in Texas, finished No. 1 on our BBQ Bracket. In the finals, Snow’s took on a relative newcomer, Brett’s Backyard Bar-B-Que of Rockdale, that had already scored a major upset by taking out Austin’s Franklin Barbecue in the semis. Voters gave Snow’s a solid 55 percent of the vote, compared with Brett’s 45 percent. Thank you to all who voted. We hope the competition got you as hungry as it got us.…View Original Post

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I’m often asked where folks can find good barbecue in major American cities throughout the country. When I get the question about New Orleans, a place I lived in for five years, my usual response is, “You don’t go to New Orleans to eat barbecue.” I suggest instead options for enjoying the many cuisines for which the city is famous, the same spots where I choose to eat when traveling to New Orleans. I hadn’t ever bothered with a dedicated barbecue tour of the city until a few weeks ago. Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson declared New Orleans “barbecue country” in 2017, so my mission didn’t seem pointless. Before my reservations at Brennan’s and Pêche, and a po’ boy at Parkway Tavern, I set out…View Original Post

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And then there were two. Our BBQ Bracket is down to just Snow’s BBQ of Lexington, which claimed the No. 1 spot on our Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas in 2017, and Brett’s Backyard Bar-B-Que of Rockdale, which appeared on our list of  Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas in May. Snow’s knocked out another long-beloved joint, Lockhart’s Kreuz Market, while Brett’s scored something of an upset in eliminating the nationally renowned Franklin Barbecue of Austin. Will fans of the newcomer rally one more time to win Brett’s the right to be called our Readers’ Choice champ? Or will Snow’s well-earned reputation carry it once again to the top of the smoked meat heap? Your votes will decide it. Here’s a reminder of the rules: Don’t forget to make your selection between our…View Original Post

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Our BBQ Bracket began with 75 outstanding barbecue restaurants from our Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas and Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas lists, and you’ve now winnowed those down to the final four: Snow’s BBQ of Lexington, Kreuz Market of Lockhart, Franklin Barbecue of Austin, and (the sole newcomer to reach the semifinals) Brett’s Backyard Bar-B-Que of Rockdale. Who will advance to the finals for a shot at being crowned the Readers’ Choice? Only your votes can decide. Here’s a reminder of the rules: We’ve heard your feedback from earlier rounds and are no longer requiring that you vote on each matchup. That said, don’t forget to go all the way through the survey and click “Submit Votes.” Duplicate votes aren’t permitted and will be discarded. All…View Original Post

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TMBBQ by Daniel Vaughn - 1M ago
A barbecue road trip through the American South is hardly a challenge. Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas are rich in barbecue destinations. This summer I’m taking a different sort of barbecue road trip—from Minneapolis to Toronto and back. There’s plenty of smoked meat stalwarts to explore, but the expansion of barbecue’s popularity outside its traditional boundaries means there’s lots of new blood too. I’ll do my best to chronicle a little of both throughout the adventure.   WISCONSIN This trek technically begins in St. Paul, Minnesota, just sixteen miles shy of the Wisconsin border. I don’t know which states have White Castle—the chain known for sliders and having only one size of fries—so I was afraid to pass up “BBQ Season,” as advertised on…View Original Post

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