Monthly Archives: October 2011

The State Of Chips And Salsa In Austin Texas Part One: La Fruta Feliz

Austin is awash in bad chips and salsa. Mexican and Tex Mex restaurants around town routinely call up one of the wretched commercial purveyors to have big 5lb bags of stale, flavor free totopos delivered to their loading docks. In … Continue reading

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From Across The Street: RL Reeves Jr. Looks At The Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival 2011 + People’s Choice Awards

It’s rare but there are times when we envy the life of the landed gentry of our community. Today is one of those times. Back a few months ago when Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival 2011 tickets went on sale we … Continue reading

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Keeping The Austin Chronicle Relevant One Piece At A Time: Mick Vann Speaks On Barbacoa

Mick Vann is determined to keep the Chronicle relevant in this modern era of Austin food letters. Options are endless if you’re looking for information on where to go and what to eat in town with thousands of avenues for … Continue reading

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“We’re Setting The World On Fire One Spark At A Time” John Mueller Barbecue Is Open For Business In Austin, Texas

Maybe John Mueller should be the writer. I love his quote above and after today’s meat lunch at his crowded trailer yard in South Austin I’m inclined to agree. Like most of my favorite cooks, Mueller is a control freak. … Continue reading

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Barbecue Shootout in Bosque County: Two Hundred of Texas’ Top Pit Bosses Vie For $20,000.

Like Diane Arbus one of my favorite things to do is go a place I’ve never been. With this in mind I set out for the National Championship Barbecue  Cook off in Meridian, Texas on this glorious Autumn weekend. This … Continue reading

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2011 Hill Country Barbecue Shoot Out In Leander Texas: Final Showdown Before Nationals

The far reaches of northern Travis county have been scorched by the unrelenting Texas sun. It’s easy to tell where underground streams flow because that’s the only real estate occupied by living trees. Everything else has been blasted by the … Continue reading

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Central Texas Hot Guts Project Part Two: Family Tradition Barbecue Waelder, Texas

Back in the 1960’s Texas labor laws were a mite lax. For instance, an 8 year old boy might find himself working in a hot guts factory in Waelder, Texas. Such is the tale of Jerry Fogle, itinerant pit boss … Continue reading

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Shotgun Shells, Hot Guts And Smoked Brisket: Taylor Texas SPJST Barbecue Cook Off

Riding towards the eastern edge of Williamson County,  the fertile blackland prairie is  pretty in a high lonesome way. The horizon’s a hundred miles away and the giant blue sky holds sway over freshly picked cotton fields. The role of … Continue reading

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