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Franklin Barbecue targets first week of November for re-opening

Smokers sit in the burned out smokehouse of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue in early October. (Photo ©Gary Jacobson/Texas BBQ Posse) Call it serendipity. I stopped by Franklin Barbecue near downtown Austin this morning just to check on rebuilding progress since an August fire closed the place. And there was Aaron Franklin, red socks and all, talking barbecue to a couple in a big SUV. “They’re from Wisconsin,” Franklin told me, smiling, after he had finished. Yes, the most famous pit master in the world, even in the midst of major reconstruction, still makes time for his fans. The news from this…

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North Texas BBQ Tour – 5 joints in 8 hours

Here’s a sneak peak at our North Texas BBQ Tour this Saturday, the first five-stops-in-one-day tour for the Texas BBQ Posse. The itinerary was as follows: 11am Clark’s Outpost, Hwy. 377, Tioga 1:30pm Smokehouse Barbecue, E. Hwy 82, Lindsay 3:00pm Big Ronnie’s Texas Pit Bar-B-Que, Hwy. 377 north of Whitesboro 3:30pm Horseshoes and beer break at Cedar Mills Marina on…
 - 06/20/2010
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The G Man comes up short again

Gary Barber, the Texas BBQ Posse’s biggest eater, caught flak during the Marshall Cooper BBQ fest for once again coming up short in the end. Gary, aka G, started building his legend on our first BBQ tour to central Texas, as described by Dallas Morning News writer and posse founding member Gary Jacobson. “Think of the fullest you have ever…
 - 05/12/2010
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Posse favorites: Clark’s french fried corn on the cob

Editor’s note: this joint is now closed. Clark’s Outpost BBQ in Tioga offers a unique side dish to go with your ribs and brisket. And no, we aren’t talking about their world-famous lamb fries, aka the cowboy’s favorite. We took a road trip to Clark’s last month, to do our posse duty of sampling various smoked meats while passing on…
 - 05/11/2010
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The secret is out: It’s Yum Yum wood

Every pit master has secrets. Eddie Brown at Off The Bone in Forest Hill, the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s top-ranked barbecue joint, is no different. What kind of wood do you use in your smoker, we asked Brown on our recent Tarrant County tour. “Yum Yum,” he said. What’s that? “Can’t tell you, it’s a secret,” he said. “But it starts…
 - 05/10/2010
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Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper

Texas BBQ Posse members were treated to a special stop on the barbeque trail on Saturday afternoon. Expert backyard pitmaster Marshall Cooper invited us to join his family and friends for an incredible spread of smoked meats and sides. Marshall began following our BBQ tours through Gary Jacobson’s stories in The Dallas Morning News. He wrote Gary, “I would like…
 - 05/09/2010
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Woe is Woo on Fort Worth tour

Regular readers of our barbecue chronicles will remember David Woo, pictured below, the great wheelman on our East Texas tour in February. Newspapers and websites across the country picked up the story, which lauded him, and his GPS, for helping us navigate rural roads. On our Fort Worth Tour in April, however, Woo’s GPS failed him. He followed its instructions…
 - 05/07/2010
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Franklin BBQ: The little trailer that could

Dallas Morning News colleague Michael Ainsworth was recently on assignment in Austin when he asked advice on which barbeque joint to visit on his way back to Dallas. I directed him to Franklin BBQ, a little place in Austin that’s been generating big buzz lately on the Texas BBQ trail. Michael arrived at the auqa blue and white trailer located…
 - 05/04/2010
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Posse favorites: Stanley’s Brother-in-Law sandwich

One of the great discoveries on our recent East Texas BBQ Tour was the brother-in-law sandwich at Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q in Tyler, the first stop on our four-joint tour. Several of us went directly for the 4-meat sampler, no sides, as a way to quickly judge the long-time barbeque joint. Fortunately, a couple of our posse members ordered and…
 - 04/30/2010
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Pat Gee’s: BBQ palace in the piney woods of East Texas

Pat Gee’s Barbecue is a few miles east of Tyler, nestled under towering pine trees near the small community of Chapel Hill. Dallas Morning News writer and Texas BBQ Posse founding member Gary Jacobson set the stage for the joint perfectly in his story, “The barbecue chronicles: One day, four pit stops in East Texas.” Gary writes, “The small, wood-frame…
 - 04/29/2010
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