Empire Control Room
"...For those who love Texas BBQ, it's the Super Bowl (perhaps we should say "the F1 Grand Prix" now?). For those who don't love Texas BBQ, well, I'm sure there's a cure for that, and if there isn't, I'm 100% positive that Rick Perry would love the excuse to pray for you...."
"...Aaron Franklin has had a very good month. On the heels of his first book (Franklin Barbecue) and the announcement of a new PBS series (BBQ With Franklin), Franklin was awarded one of the greatest accolades in all of food: the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest...."
"...After making the switch from The Learning Channel to the Destination America Network, BBQ Pitmasters’ new season starts up this evening. This season will showcase 15 of the country’s top competition and restaurant barbecue experts butting heads, and Austin's own Aaron Franklin is once again one of the judges...."
"...And as if all that wasn't enough, PBS has announced an air date for the eight-segment cooking show, BBQ with Franklin, in the Austin market. Look for segments on brisket, sausage, whole hogs, pits, fire and smoke, poultry and sauce, direct heat and mesquite, and competition – with visits to barbecue joints around the state and special guests..."
"...The BBQ with Franklin web series debuts on YouTube October 25, but KLRU's Indiegogo campaign to raise the $16,000 necessary to produce the entire 8-show series is ongoing. As of yesterday, the campaign had raised over $10,000 but still needs more donors...."
"...Anyone who has recently researched Texas barbecue joints figures out real quick that the arbiter of solid, unbiased, no B.S. information is a blogsite known as "Full Custom Gospel BBQ," started in 2008 by a barbecue-phile named Daniel “BBQ Snob” Vaughn..."
"...Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn reported at TMBBQ.com last week that KLRU will produce a 10-episode television program tracing the history and culture of barbecue in the state of Texas with Austin celebrity pitmaster Aaron Franklin as the host. According to Vaughn, money is being raised to finance the series and episodes will begin at Austin's famous Franklin Barbecue before setting out to other locales, perhaps even to some barbecue competitions..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...Texas is known for its beef, and although smoked brisket has escaped the state's borders, beef ribs are very seldom seen in any other state's smokers, except in barbecue restaurants that emulate Texas barbecue. Within the state, the skinnier beef back rib has been served for decades, but the short rib rarely made an appearance on Central Texas barbecue menus except for a select few, such as Taylor's Louie Mueller BBQ in 1946 (they switched cuts in the Nineties) and Black's BBQ in Lockhart in 2007..."
"...On Sunday, there's going to be a smack down. Five chefs will be duking it out to be the Cochon Heritage BBQ King, transforming 200 pound heritage breed pigs into six dishes for a panel of distinguished judges (and one Chronicle food editor)...."
"...More Critical to BBQ Pit Design: Cloaking Technology or Light-speed Warp Drives?..."
"...On Saturday, May 20, open flame cooking will be the focus of Al Fuego, a celebration of international barbecue styles curated by Franklin. Chefs include Adam Perry Lang (New York’s APL Restaurant), Andy Ricker (Portland’s Pok Pok), Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo), Bryce Gilmore (Odd Duck), Chad Dolezal (The Hightower), Chris Shepherd (Houston’s Underbelly), Joshua Pinsky (New York’s Momofuku), Jason Stude (Boiler Nine Bar + Grill), Jesse Griffiths (Dai Due), John Tesar (Knife at The Highland Dallas), Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye), Laura Sawicki (Launderette), Matthew Rudofker (Momofuku), Michael Paley (Central Standard), Miguel Vidal (Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ), Nong Poonsukwattana (Portland’s Nong's Khao Man Gai), Philip Speer (Bonhomie), Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar), Sarah McIntosh (Épicerie Café & Grocery), Steve McHugh (San Antonio’s Cured), Todd Duplechan (Lenoir), and Tatsu Aikawa (Kemuri Tatsu-Ya)...."
"...Leffingwell said he will also push to move Fox News out of the “news block” on local cable station listings and place it near QVC, cut back on the use the Helvetica font, and cap wait times at Franklin BBQ...."
"...Several new chefs have also been added to the culinary roster, first announced in March: Elias Cairo (Olympia Provisions, Portland) for the “Hi, How Are You?” opening dinner featuring Franklin and Roy Choi; Jennifer Tucker (Jeffrey's) for “The Hi Lo” event; Justin Brunson (Old Major, Denver), Ben Runkle (Salt & Time), and Kristine Kittrell (Weather Up) for the “Hawaii, Texas” tiki party; and Laura Loomis (Two Bros BBQ Market, San Antonio) for the barbecue-focused Al Fuego...."
"...South Carolina-Style Whole Hog Sliders with Vinegar & Red Chile Mop & Slaw from Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ...."
"...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...."
"...Sunday, Dec. 6: The Drink Local Coffee Festival at Owl Tree Roasting runs 11am-2pm, complete with a barista throwdown and the debut of Franklin BBQ..."
"...5) Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew Lance Kirkpatrick has got a sweet, smoky gig going on in Brentwood, and his brisket and ribs (beef chuck and pork spare) just keep getting better and better...."