Austin History Center
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Fresh from alarming book lovers last week by nearly rejecting a long-term lease*[Correction below] for the Library's nationally acclaimed Recycled Reads bookshop on Burnet Road (see "Council: Committed to Committees," March 31), City Council is today (April 2) threatening to take on a much larger and more entrenched local constituency: barbecue fans. Item 15 on today's 38-Item agenda is a resolution that would begin an ordinance process to "mitigate the effects of smoke emissions from restaurants and mobile food vendors near residentially zoned areas."..."
"...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]..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Not that long ago, to get first-rate barbecue you had to cruise the barbecue belt from Taylor and Elgin through Lexington, Lockhart, and Luling; now the best is right here in the 'hood, a short drive away...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The sleek and gleaming Schmidt Family Barbecue is perched on the northwest corner of FM 2244 (Bee Caves Rd.) and Highway 71 West, at the edge of the Hill Country Galleria shopping center. Made of polished wood and metal, it looks too slick to be a barbecue joint, especially one with such heritage behind it..."
"...After the much ballyhooed forced departure of John Mueller from his own barbecue business over on South First last fall, there was great consternation and gnashing of teeth by local, state, and even national barbecue cognoscenti. The Yoda of beef ribs was no longer manning a pit, and tortured withdrawal quickly set in..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...Some friends and I are coming into town for SXSW, and we want to go to Franklin Barbecue. Any tips on getting in? Where should we eat if we don't?..."
"...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..."
"...Black's Barbecue was founded in 1932 when Edgar Black, Sr. took over an existing meat market in Lockhart..."
"...It's not "indigent defense" or "DNA profile" or even the old reliable "law and order," although we hear a lot at the Capitol about all these concepts. The phrase you need to know is a name really -- the "Houston Barbecue Club," or HBBQC for short..."
"...Franklin Barbecue reopens Tuesday, July 8, as previously announced on their website, and I have no doubt that their now world-famous barbecue will be just as good as it’s always been, if not better. After all, the staff will certainly be more comfortable, and their culinary artwork will be a little easier to perform..."
"...3:30-4:15pm: Texas Barbecue What the Hell Is It?: Chris Elley, Art Blondin, Emmett Fox, Robbie Greig, Mick Vann, Dotty GriffithMAP KEY:..."
"...Time for some meat, thought we, so off it was to the long barbecue queue, to see the world's biggest grill (Yup. It's damn big.) and chaw on the finer parts of pig and/or cow (They were damn fine.)..."
"...Third generation barbecue man Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller's in Taylor..."
"...To go with all the bourbon libations, they’ll be offering an all-you-can-eat barbecue prepared by none other than La Barbecue (1502 S. First) pitmen John Lewis and Chris McGhee , which is bound to include some toothsome brisket and the signature house-made sausage..."
"...Editor and staff, Thank you so much for sponsoring and promoting the Central Texas Barbecue Festival [“Sausage Shrines,” Food, Oct. 7]..."
"...For the first time, the Salt Lick and the Alamo Drafthouse join forces to present two interactive evenings of Western spoofs, complete with cap-gun shoot-alongs and a barbecue buffet. They're going all out..."
"...Recently, we ordered some food from the Salt Lick for an upcoming gig. We’re going to play at the American Legion here in L.A., have a Sunday brunch, and feed the folks some barbecue...."
"...What better way to seduce most of the city’s top bartenders (and a few lucky journalists) than to offer a free pass at Franklin’s Barbecue? That’s what the folks at Knob Creek offered as we gained entry to the holy ground of ‘cue...."
"...I always picked it up for Virginia Wood's reporting on restaurants and her reliability. But after reading the South by Southwest barbecue story [“Ready, Set, Fire!,” Food, March 9], I am questioning even that..."
"...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...."