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We Went To Zuckerberg’s For A BBQ (Sort Of)

screenshot_2016-10-09-18-36-19by Steven Doyle

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, invited about 100,000 people to his back yard in Palo Alto, California for a BBQ. You were invited if you happened to be on Facebook Sunday afternoon.

The BBQ was virtual, but a bit entertaining none the less. There were at least a few people extremely excited to see Mark’s live feed on Facebook. Namely the brands of grills and smokers he uses on a regular basis who got a huge plug, and a certain BBQ Sauce brand that will no doubt be emptied from shelves across the county, and ordered from around the world.   Continue reading

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Tim Love’s Ultimate Guide to Ribs

ribsby Kate Krader

It’s easier than ever to fake your way through a summertime cookout. You’ve heard about the test tube burger; you had to, it cost $33,000. Meanwhile, sales of alternative meat products, like faux hot dogs, continue to rise (to more than $550 million last year). The one cookout staple that doesn’t easily lend itself to veganism is ribs. So, before someone comes up with a test tube version, let’s shout out epic pork and beef ribs around the country.

Texas star chef Tim Love, whose restaurants include the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and Love Shack, happens to be a ribs expert. He kindly provided a list of his favorite ribs spots—both pork and beef. Believe it or not, he’s got his eyes wide open enough to find a go-to place in Toronto.    Continue reading

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Heim Barbecue Featuring Prime Niman Ranch Beef Ribs This Weekend

heim4by Steven Doyle

Heim Barbecue opened its brick and mortar doors in August of this year after enjoying a prodigious success in Fort Worth. Here you will find Travis and Emma Heim cranking out thousands of pounds of meat only to run out before demand has been fully met. This is the Texas barbecue dream.    Continue reading

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Smoked BBQ Festival Saturday, September 24th

fearing1by Steven Doyle

On what is to be one of the busiest food festival weekends in Dallas, enjoy a bit of Smoked at the downtown Main Street Garden park Saturday, September 24th. This BBQ event brings in talent from across Texas, including fantastic bands, including chef Dean Fearing’s Lost Coyote Band. The festival opens at 2:30 p.m. to the public and your paid admission gets you complimentary tastings from every restaurant listed below included until 5 p.m.   Continue reading

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Texas Monthly BBQ Fest 2016


TMBBQ Fest 2016, Texas Monthly’s annual festival for barbecue lovers, returns to Austin for its seventh year on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m., with VIP entry at noon, at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets ($80 for general admission, $165 for VIP, $10 for children 5 and under) will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at tmbbq.com.

The festival, which sells out every year, will showcase smoked delicacies from 27 of the state’s most celebrated barbecue purveyors, all of whom have been honored by the magazine’s coveted list of “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World!” Guests are encouraged to sample from as many BBQ vendors as their stomachs will allow, plus many sweet treats.  

Shiner Beer and Legacy Whisky cocktails will be available for purchase, along with giveaways and interactive festivities by sponsors Nationwide Insurance, Texas A&M University, YETI Coolers, Central Market, and Barbecue Wife Bloody Mary Mix. The afternoon will feature live music from Santiago Jimenez Jr. and Warren Hood.

As a new addition this year, Texas Monthly debuts the TMBBQ Brisket Brunch on Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Juliet Ristorante (1500 Barton Springs Rd). Spotlighting TMBBQ Fest’s first-ever “Global Joint” from France, the event will feature an original BBQ brunch menu from Pitmaster Thomas Abramowicz, of the Beast of Paris, France, and Chef Jacob Weaver, of Juliet Ristorante.


Tickets are $85 each for a meaty brunch menu with cocktails included. Tickets will be on sale with TMBBQ Fest tickets starting Thursday, September 8, at 10 a.m.

As is tradition, the magazine has invited one “Newcomer” to the festival, with Evie Mae’s, of Lubbock, receiving the nod. Newcomers who quickly rocketed to the top of their field have included Freedmen’s, in Austin; Austin’s Franklin Barbecue; Pearland’s Killen’s Barbecue; and Dallas’s Pecan Lodge. New to this year’s festival, the magazine introduces a “Global Joint” with Paris’s the Beast.


We’re thrilled to host an honored ‘Newcomer’ from Lubbock, along with a ‘Global Joint’ all the way from Paris, France! Offering readers more of what they crave, the TMBBQ Brisket Brunch will provide a one-of-a-kind up-close experience with an international pitmaster partnered with a local chef. Held on Saturday, the event will act as a ‘morning meat up’ before the TMBBQ Fest gets started on Sunday,” said John Lunn, the president of Texas Monthly. 

Thanks to an ambitious Frenchman, Thomas Abramowicz, and a few pitmaster mentors in Texas, there’s now honest-to-Texas barbecue in Paris, France. We can’t wait to host Abramowicz when he brings a taste of the Beast to Austin,” said Daniel Vaughn, the magazine’s barbecue editor.

The 2016 TMBBQ Fest featured BBQ joints include:

Austin’s BBQ and Catering (Eagle Lake); The Beast (Paris, France); The Original Black’s Barbecue (Austin); Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q (Kerrville); Cousin’s Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth); Cranky Frank’s (Fredericksburg); Evie Mae’s (Wolfforth); Franklin Barbecue (Austin); Freedmen’s (Austin); Gatlin’s BBQ (Houston); The Granary ’Cue & Brew (San Antonio); Hays Co. Bar-B-Q and Catering (San Marcos); Hutchins BBQ (McKinney); Killen’s Barbecue (Pearland); La Barbecue (Austin); Lamberts Downtown Barbecue (Austin); Lockhart Smokehouse (Dallas); Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor); Miller’s Smokehouse (Belton); Opie’s Barbecue (Spicewood); Pecan Lodge (Dallas); Pody’s BBQ (Pecos); Snow’s BBQ (Lexington); Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue (Tyler); Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew (Austin); Two Bros. BBQ Market (San Antonio) and Tyler’s Barbecue (Amarillo).

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Hutchins BBQ Is Magically Delicious

DSC07578by Steven Doyle

We had a chance to check in and check out Hutchins BBQ located in McKinney, Texas recently with some pretty positive results.  In this world where BBQ can be an easy sell if you happen to have a smoker and a stacks of meat, perhaps with a kitschy name or theme.  Where the big chains fail is on delivery of the goods, and it is unfortunate that many follow their happily played tune.But we know better than all of this.

Hutchins is the real deal BBQ in a land of mediocre. They actually use prime meats, which almost seems like a wasted effort. If you slow cook even the worst cut of beef it will eventually relent to an edible plateau, but why risk it? This effort shines through not only with the brisket, which comes out of a day long bath of post oak and pecan wood smoke with a rich and juicy superior meatiness, but also with their baby back ribs.    Continue reading

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Lakewood Smokehouse Brings Great BBQ to East Dallas


Lakewood Smokehouse opened this month at 1901 Abrams Rd, Dallas in the space recently left vacant by Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill.  Bringing Lakewood this new BBQ concept are Partners-Owner Operators, Jason Hall (who owns 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House in Frisco), John Pantenburg, and Mike Mullen who have been friends and co-workers in the restaurant industry for 20 years.

Lakewood Smokehouse serves classic BBQ such as brisket, smoked turkey and sausages with an array of sides like macaroni and cheese, fried okra, green beans and potato salad. Patrons to Lakewood Smokehouse can expect the same quality and delicious BBQ that has made 3 Stacks a household name in Frisco, with a few exciting additions. Unlike the casual line-service most BBQ establishments employ, Lakewood Smokehouse is a full-service restaurant.  Continue reading


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