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Houston Chronicle barbecue columnist J.C. Reid, restaurant critic Alison Cook and food editor Greg Morago – discuss the favors, personalities and barbecue culture in Houston, across Texas and anywhere the pit smoke leads them.

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Houston Chronicle barbecue columnist J.C. Reid, restaurant critic Alison Cook and food editor Greg Morago – discuss the favors, personalities and barbecue culture in Houston, across Texas and anywhere the pit smoke leads them.

    Houston barbecue shoulders through pandemic

    Houston barbecue shoulders through pandemic

    A lot of things went away in our daily lives since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. A craving for barbecue was not among them.
    Smoked meat fans have been thinking about their favorite barbecue joints since we’ve been living stay-at-home lives – hungry for fatty brisket, pull-apart pork ribs and slick, peppery sausage. J.C. Reid and Greg Morago talk about the struggles of barbecue operators during the pandemic. We also touch on rising beef prices and what that means for your two-meat plate; vacuum-sealed barbecue to-go; and how barbecue dining will change as Texas moves to reopen restaurants.

     

     

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    • 34 min
    JQ’s Tex Mex BBQ is flexing its birria muscle

    JQ’s Tex Mex BBQ is flexing its birria muscle

    In the realm of Mexican-infused Texas barbecue, JQ’s Tex Mex BBQ has managed to make a name for itself, even without an official brick and mortar location. The pop-up restaurant run by pitmaster/taquero Joseph Quellar and his partner Cindy Conde has...

    • 28 min
    International smoke flavors RodeoHouston cook-off

    International smoke flavors RodeoHouston cook-off

    Barbecue teams from across the globe provide international flair and stature to the Houston Rodeo's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The crew sat down with smokers from Australia, Canada and England to talk about barbecue culture in their respective...

    • 28 min
    Go west, barbecue fans! Craft ‘cue thrives west of Houston

    Go west, barbecue fans! Craft ‘cue thrives west of Houston

    Houston Chronicle barbecue columnist J.C. Reid says there’s much to love about the new frontier of smoked meat that he’s calling, “the capital of creative ‘cue.” In just two years the craft barbecue movement has found fertile ground in Katy...

    • 24 min
    Going to Kansas City?

    Going to Kansas City?

    With apologies to Fats Domino, they've got a crazy way of BBQ'ing there. Chris and Greg chat with Tyler Harp, who is Kansas City’s premier (and perhaps only professional) practitioner of Central Texas-style barbecue. He made pilgrimages to places...

    • 24 min
    A new amusement park for beer and barbecue nerds

    A new amusement park for beer and barbecue nerds

    Chris and Alison sit down with Buffalo Bayou Brewery owner Rassul Zarinfar and chef Arash Kharat to discuss how they infuse the flavors of Texas barbecue, and specifically Houston barbecue, into their beer and food menus.

    • 27 min

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