on the range


Gossip and Goat at TMBBQ Fest

An early cold front with overcast skies and cool breezes and an expanded site plan that divided barbecue vendors between the Long Center circle drive and the City Terrace made for a very comfortable afternoon at the Fifth Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest on Sunday, Sept. 14. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Tue. Sep. 16, Virginia B. Wood

Franklin Barbecue Reopens Tuesday, July 8

We had a little chat with Aaron Franklin on Monday about the restaurant’s reopening after the expansion shutdown, and he revealed a few smoky nuggets. If you were expecting more seating in the dining area, forget about it. Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Tue. Jul. 8, Mick Vann

Josh Ebsworth takes his talent for barbecue back to England

International Flavor

Josh Ebsworth wasn’t even supposed to end up in Texas. The collegiate program in charge of sending him to study abroad originally intended to send him to Canada, but after Ebsworth protested the decision, he found himself at Texas A&M University. “I thought I was entering a military academy and subsequently cut off my shoulder-length hair,” he said. Read More | Comment »

2:15PM Mon. Jun. 23, Austin Heiberg

Memorial Day Weekend Visit to Taylor Cafe

The girlfriend and I were on our way north on Sunday, and we figured since Taylor was only a few miles down the road, perhaps some barbecue would be in order. I knew that Louie Mueller’s was normally closed on Sunday, but thought maybe Vencil Mares’ Taylor Café would be open. We were in luck. Read More | Comment »

4:45PM Thu. Jun. 5, Mick Vann

La Barbecue Vandalized

It says a lot about how seriously we take barbecue in this town when reports of vandalism at a popular barbecue trailer make the nightly news on all local television channels. Read More | Comment »

2:55PM Mon. Jun. 2, Virginia B. Wood

Holy Smokes

As it turns out, wandering wood isn’t always a bad thing. Marrying craft beer and craft barbecue, Thirsty Planet Brewery has partnered with Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew to create a special late winter craft beer aptly named the Wandering Wood Smoked Porter. Read More | Comment »

4:23PM Mon. Mar. 10, Anna Toon

The Rating Game

From the time Food Editor Virginia B. Wood first announced Mick Vann’s inaugural Austin Chronicle Invitational BBQ Beef Rib Smackdown, I think we all pretty much understood that the competition itself was not really going to be the point. Read More | Comment »

3:53PM Mon. Jan. 6, Nick Barbaro

Ruby’s BBQ: Where Austin Music & Barbecue Legends Intersect

Many aspects of Austin culture exert a strong gravitational pull – the music, the arts, the food, the attractive surroundings. In the Eighties, Pat Mares and Luke Zimmerman were attracted here by an acclaimed library collection and the music scene, but instead found themselves the creators of a local barbecue legend. Read More | Comment »

9:10AM Fri. Dec. 13, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

12 Days of Smoked Meats at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

Determined to keep themselves positioned in the upper echelons of the local barbecue conversation, the folks at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew are smoking up a different meat every day for their version of the 12 Days of Christmas. No lords 'a leaping, but how about smoked prime rib or brisket tamales? Read More | Comment »

10:35AM Wed. Dec. 11, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Queuing Up for 'Q

There is one singular truth in this life: No one can eat 21 slices of brisket at once. However, the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest certainly provided folks the opportunity to put the lie to that notion, with thousands of guests lining up on a perfect fall afternoon to sample the wares of those deemed most worthy by the state’s foremost authority on slow-smoked meats. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Tue. Nov. 5, 2013, Melanie Haupt

Schmidt Family Barbecue is Open for Business

Barbecue lovers have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Schmidt Family Barbecue (12532 FM 2244) since cousins Keith Schmidt and Susie Schmidt Franks and her husband, Chad Franks, announced they were bringing Lockhart barbecue to the Hill Country Galleria. Read More | Comment »

11:40AM Tue. Oct. 29, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Josh Watkins and Carillon Team Are Barbecue Champs!

As the sun set over the Hudson River Saturday, the first ever Smoke@ICC competition kicked off the 8th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress. The invitation-only event featured teams from across the country but our focus was the teams from Austin, San Antonio, and Houston, because barbecue bragging rights were at stake. Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Tue. Oct. 1, 2013, Elizabeth Childers

Fun Fun Fun Fest Fixes Its Focus on Food

The brains behind Fun Fun Fun Fest are here to ease your mind, Austin. With an unexpectedly theatric press conference, festival founder James Moody, marketing director Sawyer Stoltz, and PR firm Giant Noise served renewed notice that they won't sit idly by while the city's weirdness disappears. Read More | Comment »

10:32AM Sat. Aug. 3, 2013, Kenny Pailes

Unicorn Steaks, Mountains of Meat, and Turkey?

The first ever Texas BBQ Week will be over in just two short days, so true Austin barbecue fans need to get out and enjoy it while they can. Here's our handy visual guide to what our city's best pitmasters are offering through this Friday. Clear your calendar for lunch and dinner, and maybe grab a few paper towels to wipe the drool off your screen. Read More | Comment »

8:31AM Thu. Jul. 18, 2013, Kenny Pailes

New Farm Debuts at Travaasa with BBQ Bash

Perfectly in step with the current trends of sustainability and farm-to-table dining, Travaasa Austin Spa & Resort has added a farm to their list of attractions. The property includes a garden to supply the restaurant and spa, a flock of chickens for eggs, a stable for the horses, and a creek-side pasture perfect for outdoor entertaining Read More | Comment »

3:10PM Thu. Jun. 20, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Happy Birthday, County Line

On June 14, 1973, a group of young Texans brought together by family and friendship, a willingness to take chances, and the love of good barbecue, formed a partnership. They found an old cedar chopper's road house on a hill just off Bee Caves Road and re-imagined it as a barbecue restaurant. The County Line dynasty was born. Read More | Comment »

5:45PM Fri. Jun. 14, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Travaasa Austin BBQ Bash Tickets Still Available

Traavasa Austin, an experiential spa and resort located on the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, is throwing a big bash to celebrate the launch of their new organic farm. They've invited some of the state's best pitmasters and brewers to supply the food and drinks. Read More | Comment »

3:35PM Fri. Jun. 14, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

La Barbecue Turns Up the Heat With Secret Pit Technology

It's an age-old question that persists even today in the dark art of Meat Alchemy: Does the wand make the magician or does the magician make the wand? Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Fri. Apr. 26, 2013, Kenny Pailes

Was the Foodways Texas Symposium Worth the Price?

What is a Barbecue Symposium, and who would pay $280 to attend such an event? It turns out I’m one of those people, and I spent three days eating, talking, and thinking about one aspect of our state’s most distinctive culinary heritage, barbecue. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Sun. Apr. 14, 2013, Rod Machen

Barbecue Crossroads: Notes & Recipes From A Southern Odyssey

A "closed" sign on a barbecue joint door is just an invitation to talk to the folks running the fried pie kitchen next door. An offer of catfish at another shack famous for (but sold out of) spicy brisket is only an excuse to explore the religious roots of African-American barbecue in America. Read More | Comment »

9:45AM Thu. Apr. 4, 2013, Kenny Pailes

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