"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
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