Last week on the Posse’s Facebook page, we had a good discussion with readers about the use of real wood or other means to smoke barbecue.

One reader, Mark “The Hogfather” Gabrick, suggested that we lead an initiative to get Texas to pass a truth in barbecue law. Or, more simply, we should designate joints that use only wood as “Posse approved.”

Gotta admit, that last phrase does have a nice ring.

The Hogfather noted that “Carolina” passed a similar law a while back, which sent us scrambling to the Internet archives to substantiate.

Indeed, in 1986, Gov. Richard Riley — a Democrat — of South Carolina signed a law requiring barbecue joints to prominently display decals that declared whether their meat was cooked with wood or a “heat source other than wood.”

Being Carolina, the law only pertained to pork, but it did carry misdemeanor penalties for false declaration of up to 30 days in jail or up to a $200 fine.

From our brief research, it’s unclear how strictly, if ever, the law was enforced.

Still, it’s an admirable notion. And it recalls the time a couple years ago when we called out Texas Monthly for including joints that used gas-fired pits on its list of the Top 50 in the state.

We know Gov. Perry has many other serious issues to worry about. But this is Texas. Real Texas barbecue should be cooked with real wood. And if someone says they are cooking with wood, but aren’t, those penalties should be much more severe than South Carolina’s.

(Photo of Snow’s BBQ pit ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

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Anonymous

5 years ago

I cannot truly see this as something that needs legislation. Discriminating Q'ers know to ask if the business doesn't already advertise the specific woods they use and if you don't see a couple of cords around back, you have to assume it's an "other source".

Smokin Ronnie Halcomb

5 years ago

dislike.

Anonymous

5 years ago

FOR GOD'S SAKE MAN, DO YOU NOT HOLD ANYTHING SACRED!!! Fine BBQ, like fine wine, should be legally protected against false advertising, carpet-bagger influences or just plain old bait/switch scams. Just because we can't agree on how to spell it (BBQ, barbecue, barbeque, etc) does not mean we can't appreciate the heaven-sent goodness from the culinary world that involves smoke. Perhaps this decal could be more like a hunting license with special "stamps" that would identify, in advance, how the que is produced. For example, there could be a "no pellet" stamp which might look like deer scat with a circle and a line through it. A picture of old sparky might denote that they use electricity either directly or through the use of an automated temperature controller. If an establishment uses gas…(many pictures come to mind all of which involve flatulence). Using a crockpot for anything but sauce and beans should get the establishment the designation of a "crock of …." stamp. If a microwave is used on the premises perhaps a "U-turn" stamp could be prominently placed. This does not even account for places that decide they should waste their time, money, wood, and my time cooking an assortment of foods on a pit such as pizzas, kolaches, other bread products and healthy veggies, etc. This deserves a special stamp such as a circle with a line through it on top of an asparagus spear; you get the picture. These decals should be visible from the road, perhaps on a 4×6 foot sign (if not larger), so that a passerby would not be led astray and mistakenly venture into the parking lot. Don't mess with Texas BBQ!

Smokin Ronnie Halcomb

5 years ago

like.

Anonymous

4 years ago

This was repelled back in '92.




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