Monday, October 25, 2010

BBQ in the News

BBQ has been in the news quite a bit this month. Big news of openings in Dallas falls right alongside a few splashes around the country. Cat Cora looks to lend her talents to a new BBQ joint in the San Francisco airport while Lee Ann Whippen of BBQ Pitmasters fame offers up $32 racks of ribs in Chicago. That's highway robbery, especially given that they'll come out of a gas fired Southern Pride smoker.

There's a new local BBQ blogger. Should we trust him? And an out of state blogger discovers the beauty of Meshack's in Garland. If only these guys from Chicago had discovered Texas BBQ in their 3337 mile road trip in search of great smoked meat, they would know just how much time they wasted in those other states.

Franklin BBQ is certainly a favorite of this blog, and it's getting some accolades from a fine dining magazine as one of the best new restaurants in the country. Eddie's in Lubbock gets some props for using local meats and produce.

A local journalist gets herself all certified to judge "The Jack", and writes this great recap, while another local reviewer offers her picks for the best southern and Texan cuisine in Big D. With the only BBQ mentions being Smoke and Rick's Chophouse, let's hope she spares us from her best local BBQ list.

Finally, and most importantly, Dallas has a mobile BBQ truck. They'll be selling chopped beef and pulled pork sandwiches along with hot links and other less important items. I have no idea if the parent restaurant, the Screen Door, has a smoker, but I'll find out soon enough.

- BBQ Snob

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Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.