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Central Texas Barbecue Crash Course
Food Story  March 6, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Austin sits along the geographic and cultural line where the American South ends and the American West begins. Our location along the Chisholm Trail, between the hardscrabble ranchland to the west and the rich Blackland Prairie farmland to the east, contributes to our identity as one of several definitive American barbecue regions..."

Texas Barbecue Soundtrack
Food Story  June 14, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Once we knew when and where the big Texas barbecue fandango was to take place, the next issue was to figure out just how much music we could deliver as a soundtrack to all that good Texas eating. We wanted live music at as many events as possible and some definitive Austin sounds for our guests to take home, in hopes that the tunes would evoke memories of the weekend's gustatory delights for years to come..."

Day Trips: Killen's Texas Barbecue in Pearland
Taking smoked meats to a new plateau
Columns  March 5, 2015, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Killen's Texas Barbecue in Pearland reached its first birthday at the end of February. In that year, Chef Ronnie Killen may not have perfected barbecue, but he took smoked meats to a new plateau...."

Day Trips: Texas Barbecue
Five barbecue joints in one day
Columns  July 27, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Five barbecue joints in one day sounds like a lot of artery-clogging goodness, but if you pace yourself it can be done with few side effects...."

Texas Barbecue Festival Info
Sunday, Oct. 9 at Austin's Historic Farmers' Market
Food Story  October 7, 2005
"...3:30-4:15pm: Texas Barbecue – What the Hell Is It?: Chris Elley, Art Blondin, Emmett Fox, Robbie Greig, Mick Vann, Dotty GriffithMAP KEY:..."

Barbecue Summer Camp!
What is it about Texas and barbecue? Chronicle Food Editor Virginia B. Wood knows, and she knows we know, but the Southern Foodways Alliance is about to find out on their Taste of Texas Field Trip. Plus, "The Barbecue Song"!?
Food Story  June 14, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Barbecue is serious business in Texas, and it's an integral part of our state identity. Along with cattle ranches, wildflowers, the oil bidness, and wide-open spaces, barbecue is one of the emblems that we're mighty proud to wear..."

Barbecue Crash Course Kicked Off Interactive for 5th Year
Central Texas barbecue feast greeted Interactive guests on arrival
DAILY Food  March 13, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...We've discovered a fool-proof way to attract much-needed rain to the Austin area at the end of the first week of March every year. Just invite 500-600 out-of-town guests to an outdoor lunch party featuring Central Texas barbecue legends, and the rains (and the people) will come..."

Second Fire at Louie Mueller Barbecue Destroys Original Brick Pit
Smoke-stained Taylor barbecue temple will re-open
DAILY Food  February 25, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The grease fire that broke out at Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor Saturday morning reignited Sunday and completely destroyed the restaurant's original ceramic brick pit. Third generation owner Wayne Mueller hopes to have his family's iconic Texas barbecue joint open again by the end of the week...."

'Texas Monthly' Seeks Submissions for Top Barbecue Joints
Food Editor Pat Sharpe solicits ideas from readers about BBQ joints
DAILY Food  October 30, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Texas Monthly's barbecue experts are about to hit the road in search of our state's top 50 barbecue joints, an expedition they pursue every five years in preparation of the definitive list of Texas barbecue royalty. So if you've discovered the heir to Snow's or this year's Aaron Franklin, Pat Sharpe wants to know all about it...."

Was the Foodways Texas Symposium Worth the Price?
A barbecue enthusiast shares his experience
DAILY Food  April 14, 2013, by Rod Machen
"...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...."

Josh Watkins and Carillon Team Are Barbecue Champs!
Local team wins top prizes at first year barbecue event in NYC
DAILY Food  October 1, 2013, by Elizabeth Childers
"...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...."

Ruby’s BBQ: Where Austin Music & Barbecue Legends Intersect
Campus-area mainstay celebrates its silver anniversary
DAILY Food  December 13, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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...."

Barbecue Crossroads: Notes & Recipes From A Southern Odyssey
Robb Walsh seeks enlightenment on his own barbecue spirit quest
DAILY Food  April 4, 2013, by Kenny Pailes
"...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...."

Texas Book Festival Announces Full Lineup
From R.L. Stine to Reza Aslan, 225-plus converge on the Capitol
DAILY Books  September 10, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...David Alan, Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State Beekman Boys: Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook Addie Broyles, The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook Tim Byres, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking Lucinda Hutson, Viva Tequila! Diana Kennedy, My Mexico Jarod Neece and Mando Rayo, Austin Breakfast Tacos Daniel Vaughn, The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue Robb Walsh, The Hot Sauce Cookbook and Barbecue Crossroads Joe Yonan, Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook Fiction..."

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas hills are again alive with the sound of chainsaws.
Film Review  October 17, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Instead of the mainstream model with 2.5 kids and a carport, Hooper and screenwriter Kim Henkel came up with a witty and bleak black comedy that could be taken as an allegory about the generation gap, the co-opting of the hippies by their truly transgressive square counterparts, or, on the leathery face of it, as a down and dirty horror film. It’s no wonder, then, that Hooper’s film has survived the 30 years since its Summer ’73 shoot: Like Bonnie and Clyde and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid before it, the original Chain Saw pits the outsider against the entrenched system, only in this case the true American mavericks are a debased Texas barbecue clan featuring a chainsaw-wielding maniac as their point man..."

Barbecue Books
Food Editor Virginia B. Wood reviews two recent barbecue books in honor of the Southern Foodways Alliance Taste of Texas Barbecue Field Trip
Food Story  June 14, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In the early stages of planning the Taste of Texas Barbecue Field Trip, I was completely unaware that two prominent Texas food writers would publish cookbooks on the all-American subject of barbecue in the spring of 2002. For the record, I've worked with both of these writers..."

Austin's Barbecue Culture Is Well-Seasoned Thanks to These Pioneers
A brief history of old-school 'cue
Food Story  June 14, 2018, by Veronica Meewes
"...In the past decade, Texas barbecue culture reached peak popularity, but long before selfies and hashtags existed, barbecue was a simple, staple food with a long history in Central Texas. "Barbecue used to be poor-people food," says Matt Sullivan, the owner of House Park Bar-B-Que..."

La Barbecue Turns Up the Heat With Secret Pit Technology
Is this special new smoker a brisket game-changer?
DAILY Food  April 26, 2013, by Kenny Pailes
"...At least today and at least here, we have an answer: John Lewis, head pitmaster of La Barbecue, spent more than three months toiling in his backyard to create the ultimate dream pit from scratch. [image-1]..."

Our Barbecue, Ourselves
Third annual Foodways Texas Symposium showcases Texas barbecue arts
Food Story  March 22, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Barbecue has always been serious business in the state of Texas, and pride in one of our bona fide regional cuisines is an integral part of our identity. In the scant decade that has elapsed since the first Southern Foodways Barbecue Symposium in Oxford, Mississippi, and the ancillary Taste of Texas Barbecue Field Trip to Austin in 2002, the whole concept of barbecue has exploded into the national culinary consciousness and conversation..."

Central Texas BBQ Dynasties
What Becomes a Legend Most?
Food Story  November 9, 2001
"...Do it Yourself Central Texas BBQ Trail Now that you're better acquainted with the members of the legendary barbecue dynasties of Central Texas, we've created an annotated list of the best barbecue joints in the area so you can sample them yourself. Think of it as a Do It Yourself BBQ Tour..."

Second Helpings: Regional Barbecue
You're here for SXSW, but you're also here for barbecue, right?
Food Story  March 14, 2003
"...Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-8pm The second generation of a Hill Country BBQ legend, Gary Cooper has been serving his family's style of barbecue in downtown Round Rock since 1985.Louie Mueller Barbecue206 W. Second, Taylor, 512/352-6206..."

Second Helpings: Regional Barbecue
Regional barbecue spots in today's "Second Helpings"
Food Story  March 15, 2002
"...The second generation of a Hill Country BBQ legend, Gary Cooper has been serving his family's style of barbecue in downtown Round Rock since 1985.Louie Mueller Barbecue206 W. Second, Taylor, 512/352-6206..."

Central Texas BBQ Dynasties
What Becomes a Legend Most?
Food Story  November 9, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Barbecue is everyman's chance for culinary greatness, where cheap cuts of meat like pork butts, beef briskets, and ribs can magically be turned into everyday haute cuisine with the application of spices and smoke. Most geographic regions in the American South boast a time-honored barbecue tradition..."

Out-of-Town Barbecue
Food Story  March 7, 1997, by Pableaux Johnson
"...After nearly two weeks of harsh winterlike conditions, it's finally springtime in Central Texas. Pretty soon the trees will sprout new leaves, the hills will look like Crayola boxes, and every Austinite will make this year's obligatory "drive in the country." It's the perfect chance to see the land outside the loops, mosey down a few two-lane highways, and eat your weight in small-town barbecue..."

Top Chef Texas, Week 9: Things You Don't Say
The cheftestants are smoking. Literally.
DAILY Food  January 6, 2012, by Melanie Haupt
"...Padma announces that the Elimination Challenge is “the most traditional Texas food,” barbecue. (I seriously, seriously beg to differ on this point..."

Second Helpings: Barbecue Out of Town
Food Story  March 19, 2004
"...Black's Barbecue215 N. Main St., Lockhart, 512/398-2712 Sunday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-8:30pm Bragging rights in this longtime Lockhart mainstay are that Black's is the oldest barbecue restaurant around continually operated by the same family..."

Barbecue's Global Love Letter to Meat
Matthew Salleh chronicles the world’s obsession with barbecue
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Dan Gentile
"...It's bold to premiere a documentary about barbecue in Austin, but after traveling to 12 countries to chronicle the world's obsession with meat, there's no place director Matthew Salleh would rather unveil his film. Featuring cameos from locals like Louie Mueller in addition to segments filmed in far-flung places like the Syrian border, the movie takes a global look at the methods and cultures that spring up around preparing meat..."

Traveling Barbecue Road
Visiting from Germany, Central Texas barbecue has won me over
DAILY Food  October 3, 2012, by Takis Würger
"...Where I am from, cooks throw brisket in a machine called a masticator because they do not know how to cook it to make it tender. All my life, I thought barbecue stood for a sauce that tastes like sweet, artificial smoke..."

BBQ Revolution's Slow-Smoked Vegan Barbecue
The best damn meat-free barbecue you've ever had
Food Story  June 14, 2018, by Alisha McDarris
"...One Austin man stands tall in the fight for animals, environment, and vegans' right to partake in Texas' favorite meal. Blake Newman is hellbent on providing the local meat-free community with the best damn barbecue they've ever had, but this wasn't his original game plan...."

Dip, Sip, & ’Que: A Texas Trilogy
Day Trips on the best barbecue and swimming holes in Central Texas
DAILY AAN  June 30, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Summertime in Texas goes better with the cooling effects of dipping your body in water, sipping an adult beverage, and eating barbecue...."

SXSW Film Review: Barbecue
Engaged, celebratory doc is far more than just food porn
DAILY SXSW  March 11, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...This is all the more impressive given that this look into the world’s many beef-covered foodways also serves as one of SXSW’s most sumptuous feature-length debuts. Barbecue, adapted from Salleh’s 2014 short “Central Texas Barbecue,” divides its time between a dozen countries united in the narrative by their love for the title dish..."

Taste of Texas Revisited
Texas' best chefs strut their stuff for festival visitors
Food Story  May 10, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...(Being an active part of the community takes lots of time outside the restaurant these days.) Food tents were arrayed around the perimeter of the park with bars strategically placed in opposite corners and servers working the crowd with cocktails and wine. Some food booths had predictably long lines, such as those of Paul Qui, representing his East Side King trailer empire and soon-to-open Qui restaurant, and perennial local favorites Uchi and Franklin Barbecue..."

Texas Cookbook Authors Out of the Kitchen, Into the Bookstore
BookPeople hosts Robb Walsh and Austin Food Blogger Alliance members
DAILY Food  May 8, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...[image-1] Robb Walsh's newest book, Barbecue Crossroads: Notes and Recipes from a Southern Odyssey (UT Press, $45, 282 pp.), chronicles his travels across the American South eating barbecue and gathering the stories of the people who prepare it, illustrated with mouth-watering photographs by O. Rufus Lovett..."

The Good and the Bad of Barbecue Fest
Postmarks  October 10, 2005
"...Editor and staff, Thank you so much for sponsoring and promoting the Central Texas Barbecue Festival [“Sausage Shrines,” Food, Oct. 7]..."

Food-related Benefits for West, Texas
Shop for groceries, dine out, eat barbecue, buy pastries to help
DAILY Food  April 21, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Blogger Drew Thornley of ManUpTexasbbq got busy and put together a local barbecue benefit for West with the folks at La Barbecue (1502 S. First St.)..."

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more
DAILY Arts  August 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Keene – The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II Scott Kelly – Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery Porochista Khakpour – Sick: A Memoir Bill Kilday – Never Lost Again: The Google Mapping Revolution That Sparked New Industries and Augmented Our Reality Kiese Laymon – Heavy: An American Memoir Edward Lee – Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine Mark Leibovich – Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times Teresa Marie Mailhot – Heart Berries: A Memoir Cary McClelland – Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley Seamus McGraw – A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis Wyatt McSpadden – Texas BBQ, Small Town to Downtown Bryan Mealer – The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream Jasminne Méndez – Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry Daniel Mendelsohn – An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic Sy Montgomery – How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Michael Noll – The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction Meaghan O'Connell – And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I was Ready [image-8-left] Susan Orlean – The Library Book Rae Paris – The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory Dustin Parsons – Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams Maya Perez – On Story: Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films Martin Philip – Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad – I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook Alissa Quart – Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America Cecile Richards – Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead – My Life Story Ken Roberts – The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing Phoebe Robinson – Everything's Trash, But It's Okay Andrew Sansom – Seasons at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve Eli Saslow – Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist Jay B. Sauceda – A Mile Above Texas Dani Shapiro – Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage – A Memoir Hampton Sides – On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle Sarah Smarsh – Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Michael Sokolove – The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball Pete Souza – Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents Melissa Stephenson – Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back Tuffy Stone – Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue [image-9-right] W.F..."

Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Springs Under Threat
Visit these five watering holes while you can
DAILY Travel  April 20, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...What’s nearby: Wonder World Caverns and Wildlife Park, Dick’s Classic Car Museum, Herbert’s Taco Hut, and Hays County Barbecue. Original Lazy River [image-3]..."

Dr Pepper, Texas
What makes the Dr Pepper in Dublin, Texas, so much better than that made anywhere else?
Features Story  August 24, 2001, by David Lynch
"...Naturally, there were many DP-themed activities including a Dr Pepper memorabilia silent auction, and Dr Pepper art and photography contest. And what rural Texas festival would dare show its face without a Barbecue Competition?..."

Texas Book Festival: First Authors
Margaret Atwood leads the list of 20 authors for the 20th fest
DAILY Arts  July 17, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Saeed Jones, the Literary Editor at Buzzfeed who grew up in Lewisville, Tex., will be representing his 2014 poetry collection, Prelude to a Bruise, which won the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. Aaron Franklin will leave the pit long enough to promote his new tome, Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto..."

Texas Bands Together Part II
Concerts over the next few weeks benefit victims of Central TX floods
DAILY Emergency  June 15, 2015, by Alexa Harrington
"...Hays Co. Food Bank Flood Benefit When: Thu., June 18, 2pm Where: The Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Who: Weldon Hensen, Eddie & the Evereadys, Andy Macintyre, and delicious Salt Lick barbecue How much: Donation based All proceeds go to Hays County Food Bank..."

Blood Over Texas Gets Fleshy
Eighties horror celebrated at the North Door
DAILY Screens  August 22, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Founder Bunny Voodoo calls BOT "the Chamber of Commerce for the horror community." They've made a name for themselves recently with their killers in Austin photo ops, where the big three (Jason, Michael, and Leatherface) take to the streets of Austin (and yes, there is something alarming about Leatherface going for barbecue)...."

Texas Book Festival Recap
Texas, books, festivals: Three things Austin foodies have down pat
DAILY Food  October 26, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Although I’ve been friends with chef Lou Lambert for years, I’d never seen him present a cooking demo until his appearance in the cooking tent. Lambert was introduced by local barbecue blogger Drew Thornley ( and wowed the crowd with his take on braised beef ribs with green chile cheese grits..."

Vaca y Vino in the Texas Hill Country
Argentine-inspired beef & wine event at Bridges Ranch
DAILY Food  April 18, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Lambert's Downtown Barbecue co-owners Chef Larry McGuire and third-generation rancher Will Bridges host an Argentine-style live fire cook-out in the Bridges ranch pasture to benefit the Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance...."

October 26 Is Official Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day
Celebration that started in Dallas spreads across the state
DAILY Food  October 25, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The first Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day was celebrated last year at Dallas home cooking institution Norma's Cafe and this year owner Ed Murph has added a tasty twist to the festivities by offering a selection of five chicken fried steak platters that represent the different tastes across the Lone Star State: the Classic with cream gravy; the San Jacinto with chili, Cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and onions; the Panhandle with cream gravy, green chilies, and Jack cheese; the Hill Country with brisket and barbecue sauce; and the By the Border with a chicken fried steak enchilada, rice, beans, and pico de gallo...."

Big News in Oasis, Texas
These two new spots do impressive work considering their volume
Food Story  July 1, 2011, by Kate Thornberry
"...Like the original on Barton Springs Road, the windows are industrial glassed garage doors that can be opened to the lake breezes when the weather permits and closed when temperatures soar. The decor is mainly wood and distressed pressed tin, and the atmosphere is rowdy, as one would expect at a brewpub serving Texas-style barbecue...."

Second Helpings: Local Barbecue
You're here for SXSW, but you're also here for barbecue, right?
Food Story  March 14, 2003
"...Sunday-Thursday, 10am-2:30am; Friday-Saturday, 10am-4am This East Austin institution has long been an obligatory stop for hungry music fans after the clubs close. Snackers can order a sandwich, but the real eaters will opt for a combination plate or meat by the pound.Ruby's Barbecue512 W..."

Second Helpings: Austin Barbecue
Austin barbecue joints in today's "Second Helpings"
Food Story  March 15, 2002
"...This East Austin institution has long been an obligatory stop for hungry music fans after the clubs close. Sam's serves up wonderful slow-smoked brisket, chicken, mutton, and hot sausage (made on the premises) topped with a spicy, tomato-based barbecue sauce that makes the meat sing..."

True Love and Lawsuits in the Wedding Capital of Texas
'Til death do us party
News Story  April 26, 2018, by Kate Groetzinger
"...Right after that, George heard about a public meeting hosted by Mark Black and his father Terry, of the Black barbecue family, regarding their plan to turn a property they owned in the Dripping Springs area into a wedding venue. Although the property belongs to Black Market Investments, a business entity owned by Terry Black and his sons, Mark has led efforts to develop the property..."

Second Helpings: Barbecue in Town
Food Story  March 19, 2004
"...Artz Rib House2330 S. Lamar, 442-8283 Monday-Saturday, 11am-10pm; Sunday, noon-9pm Wood floors, checkered tablecloths, a lush patio, and the sumptuous smell of barbecue surround you..."

Texas BBQ: Small Town to Downtown
Food Story  October 25, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Math is hard, they also say, but then so is barbecue – if you're doing it right. And McSpadden's magisterial lens captures all the myriad aspects of that right and relentless doing..."

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