Barbecuing and Grilling

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Hutchins BBQ in Frisco Is Easily a Top Ten DFW BBQ Joint

    American football. It's a real thing. You know it, I know it. We've all seen it. The thrills, the spills, the very precise numbering on the field. There was a time when Dallas was America's center for said thrills and spills. Now it is but a hollow shell of football, the smoked chicken to the Seahaw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Ten50 BBQ, Whose Owner Says He's "Matched" Franklin's, Sold Out on its First Day

    Months ago, when Larry Lavine and I shouted at each other over the sounds of drilling and hammering at his new restaurant's construction site, it was hard to imagine that that restaurant, Ten50 BBQ, would evolve into become what it has today. Which is, for starters, a restaurant that is finally op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    There Are Wild Boar Empanadas at FM Smokehouse, and You Want to Eat Them

    Most people in Dallas have no real reason to venture over to Irving for dinner, but FM Smokehouse is the exception to the rule, and the kind of place that might change your mind about venturing that way. Owner Brian Rudolph, best known for his craft beer-focused Holy Grail Pub in West Plano, has wo ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 26, 2014

    The Softer Side of Oak Cliff's Smoke

    There's more to life than The Big Rib.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Here's the Trailer for Central Texas Barbecue, a New Doc That Has Us Salivating

    If Aaron Franklin's cameo in Chef has you itching to see blackened brisket on the big screen, a new film by a pair of South Australian film makers might have you drooling soon. Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker are the duo behind Urtext Films, and they make short movies that capture portraits of peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Texas Rangers Say North Carolina Has Best BBQ, Immediately Lose Ability to Play Baseball

    Yesterday on Twitter, the Texas Rangers Twitter account tweeted something awful. Something unbelievable. Something that's just not true. When asked by a fan, "What state makes the best BBQ?" the Rangers account replied, "North Carolina... sorry!" You're ellipsis-sorry for bashing Texas barbecue, T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    The BBQ Ranch in Fort Worth is Texas in Miniature

    Somewhere, in a far-flung part of Fort Worth, there is a corner of land that will remain forever Texas. It's in Texas, obviously, but that's not quite what I'm driving at here. The BBQ Ranch, a recently opened barbecue restaurant in the corner of five acres of ranch, is so very Texan that it's almos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Texas Barbecue Made Me (Sort Of) American

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. When I first came to America I was a man adrift. Sure, I had a family I loved, but we lived, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Texas Barbecue Doesn't Need Sauce, OK?

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. *** Yesterday, writer Steven Harrell had the unenviable task of defending barbecue sauce. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Battle of the Pork Ribs: Lockhart Smokehouse Versus Baby Back Shak

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. Trying to compare two barbecue restaurants with meals from your distant memory is always tou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    The Daily Meal Re-Routes BBQ Road Trip to Include Dallas

    Last year The Daily Meal published an "Ultimate BBQ Road Trip" that were fightin' words here at the City of Ate. It included parts of Texas (Austin and Huntsville), but flew right through Dallas. Problem was they sent it to us, like "Hey, Mom! Look what we did." There was a pretty extensive amount o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    We Interviewed People in Line at Pecan Lodge to Find Out What Their Favorite Barbecue Is

    Hundreds of people lined up this past Saturday inside Shed 2 of the Dallas Farmers Market, all in hopes of sinking their teeth into some of the best barbecue in the country at Pecan Lodge. I was there, camera in hand, shooting some meaty behind-the-scenes shots for Scott Reitz's Dish review, but als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Off the Bone 2 -- The Bonenining

    There's already an Off the Bone. I went there once, back in the mists of time. I remember that the location was worrying, that I had to take holiday allowance from work to be able to order a buttermilk pie in a misunderstanding that ran for several days and that the ribs were easily worth the trip. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    NPR is Doing a Barbecue Segment Today, and Brisket Help Us If Daniel Vaughn Isn't On it

    If you can't get enough of blogger-turned-professional barbecue snob Daniel Vaughn, you might want to tune your radio dial (does anyone still do that?) to KERA 90.1 this afternoon at 1 p.m. The entire second hour of Krys Boyd's Think will be devoted to brisket, ribs, sausages and the endless debate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse Both Appear on Texas Monthly's Barbecue List

    The brisket is out of the butcher paper. Texas Monthly posted their latest top 50 barbecue restaurants list and both Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse made this year's cut. A look at previous years show just how far Dallas has come in the world of barbecued brisket. A long, long way ... Sonny Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    The BBQ Posse is not Impressed with Daniel Vaughn's New Book

    Have you read Daniel Vaughn's book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat? You probably have not. The first book released on Anthony Bourdain's Ecco imprint won't be available until May 14. Flimsy, black-and-white, pre-release copies known as galleys of the book went out to various media outlets in March, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    3 Stacks Smokehouse Brings Barbecue to Frisco. But Why?

    Frisco is an odd place for anything that isn't a strip mall. All those strange brick buildings are meant to give it character, I suppose, but end up making the whole place look like the efforts of a pioneering architect who desires a standardized building, and has had southern European buildings des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    An Englishman in Lockhart Part 3: Overcoming Meat Sweats to Revel in Kreuz's Brisket

    Our Englishman in BBQ Sauce finally made it down to Lockhart, the Vatican City of Texas barbecue, where he and his posse gorged on smoked meat from Black's Barbecue, Smitty's and, as you'll see below, Kreuz Market. He went. He ate. He was conquered by a deep, some say oddly disturbing, love of smoke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    An Englishman in Lockhart, Part 2: Smitty's BBQ Looks Like Hell, Tastes Like Heaven

    Our Englishman in BBQ Sauce finally made it down to Lockhart, the Vatican City of Texas barbecue, where he and his posse gorged on smoked meat from Black's Barbecue (see yesterday's post), Smitty's and, coming tomorrow, Kreuz Market. As soon as the Border Patrol rounds him up, he'll be back in Dalla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The Texas BBQ Posse Picks Ten Faves: Pecan Lodge Is Looking Good.

    If you spent some quality time with The Dallas Morning News on your couch this Sunday, you likely stumbled upon the BBQ Posse's latest piece, which lists a group of journalists' favorite barbecue places in Texas. And if you saw the map and noticed all of their spots were tightly grouped (at least by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Angelo's BBQ Is So Good it Should Probably Be Illegal. Then I'll Be the English Jesse James.

    I went on a previous trip to Fort Worth where I hit three places in a day, but against everyone's better advice I ignored Angelo's Bar-B-Que, on the wonderfully named White Settlement Road. On Saturday I put that right. Why couldn't they just drop the White from White Settlement Road? Is it crucial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Smokie's Barbecue is in a Gas Station, and Like All Gas Station Cuisine It's Delicious

    What's better than shack barbecue? Nothing. Or so I thought, until I was tipped off about the next level up of ridiculousness: Gas station barbecue. That's right. Smokie's is a full-on barbecue restaurant, with a menu that if anything is a little too big, inside a gas station (or a petrol station, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    This Englishman Knows Memphis BBQ Like He Was Elvis' Kin

    This week, our Englishman in BBQ Sauce samples a little Memphis-style barbecue at Red, Hot & Blue in Plano (5017 W. Plano Parkway), which is a littlelike traveling to Glasgow to sample the cuisine of Rome, but please don't tell him that. It's much more fun keeping him in the dark. Before the year is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    A Caption Fight for a Meat Fight! We Got Tickets to Give Away.

    Tickets to Meat Fight, the barbecue competition and fundraiser being hosted by Alice "Cheap Bastard" Laussade at Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum, are sold out. Never fear, though, because City of Ate has a pair of tickets that will let some lucky duo gorge themselves on delicious dead animal pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Dickey's Would Be OK for Fast-Food BBQ If It Were 75 Percent Cheaper

    For every gourmet $20 cheeseburger, there must be a McDonalds. For every independent Mexican restaurant that cooks fresh to order, there must be a Taco Bell. For every $40 steak, there must be ... a really cheap steak. You get the idea. So, barbecue food is popular round these parts. By what I am go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Duck Dynasty's Uncle Si Video on Ice Tea and Napping Hard

    Disclaimer: This really has nothing to food, other than Uncle Si drinking, talking about and pouring lots of iced tea. And he screams "Fire on the grill!" while cooking (surely a 'Nam thing). But, I love Duck Dynasty and as I anxiously await season two to begin on October 10, I'll try in earnest to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    An Englishman Reviews the BBQ of Smoke

    I feel like I'm not the novice I used to be with these reviews. When I started out I didn't know what brisket was, what heavenly planet barbecue sauce had descended from, why I could just suddenly order meat by the pound now (and why I'd never been able to do this before) and basically where on eart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Bourdain's Last Season Of No Reservations Starts With Daniel Vaughn In Austin

    Anthony Bourdain's final season of No Reservations kicks off September, 3. The season opens in Austin with Dallas' very own Daniel Vaughn guiding the popular chef/author/traveler through the smoky motions at Franklin Barbecue. News of Vaughn's appearance on the show leaked after the Texas barbecue s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    An Englishman Reviews the BBQ of Hard Eight for The English

    This is a blog written by a complete barbecue amateur. You see, the thing is, in the UK a barbecue is something you cook a burger on and is largely a celebration of the few and far between days when it's not raining. There's no sauce except tomato, and any beef will be cooked to a crisp. It's a cele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Buddy Guy: "If [Clapton] Says That I Am The Greatest Guitar Player Ever, Then Maybe I Am."

    Buddy Guy​At 75, guitarist Buddy Guy remains as nimble of a string-bender as he was when his career started over 50 years ago. And what a career it's been: Eric Clapton calls Guy the greatest player ever, and, clearly, Guy has influenced generations of blues guitarists. He still makes gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Some Alternatives to Grilling for My Fellow Apartment Dwellers

    Indoor grilling: It ain't the same, but it'll do.​When the warm weather reminds me of barbecues I had with family and friends growing up, I start craving that charred, smoky flavor. But since I can't have an open flame (apartments -- ugh), I started searching for grilling alternatives. Here ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 7, 2011
  • Calendar

    September 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Sammy's Bar-B-Q Would be Better Off Putting Some of that Smoke Flavor Into the Meat

    Patrick MichelsSammy's pulled pork sandwich with potato casserole on the side.​Sammy's Bar-B-Q2126 Leonard St.214-880-9064Dude Factor: 4 (figure skating) on a scale of 1 (opening ceremony background dancing) to 10 (biathlon)A buddy's birthday lunch provided the occasion for a small invasion of a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Fine, Just Don't Go Planning Any Victory Parades Just Yet, OK, Mister Mayor?

    Patrick Michels​Chris Heinbaugh, Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, sends word this morning that Leppert and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter (awesome) have made a bet on Saturday night's Cowboys-Eagles game. But, blessedly, they've dispensed with the wackiness (no jerseys worn to council mee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Dude Food: Baby Back Shak

    Baby Back Shak1800 South Akard214-428-7427Dude Factor: 9, or "Bobby Patterson" on a scale of 1 (Cowboy Troy) to 10 (Freddie King)Remember those Chili's commercials with the "I want my baby back, baby back" song? Of course you do. They're burned into the memory of anyone who's ever been within 100 fe ... More >>

  • News

    August 30, 2007

    Judge 'Droid

    Wake him up and he votes

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    "Get Your Booty to Bar-B-Cutie"?

    You know what Dallas-Fort Worth could use more of? Yup -- barbecue restaurants. And says here we're getting ... this can't be right ... "up to 55 locations" of the Brentwood, Tennessee, chain called Bar-B-Cutie. The company's first location in Fort Worth -- at 5710 Rufe Snow Dr., to be precise -- is ... More >>

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Patriot Acts

    Proof that George Bush doesn't have a monopoly on luvin' the U.S. of A.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2007

    Seasoned Right

    Das Barbecu is short, spicy and sweet

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006

    Grills to Good Use

    It's so cute when girls try to do boy things. Like grilling, for example. In fact, it's so cute when girls try to grill, that has created a super-cute pink and purple section of its Web site, just for girls who like to grill. The pork people are, cutely, calling them "Grill Gal ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Peace in Rest?

    Ghoultown's Lyle Steadham needed a brush with death to regain his goth country edge

  • News

    February 24, 2005

    BBQ Sauce for the Soul

    When he's not catering for the president, barbecue maven Eddie Deen caters to the spirits of the indigent

  • Calendar

    July 8, 2004

    Miss Independent

    Annie Leibovitz makes a permanent mark

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Children's Playground

    Mesquite Parks and Recreations Debusk Park/KidsQuest

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Bean Burger

    Legal Grounds

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Ribs

    Peggy Sue BBQ

  • Dining

    September 21, 1995

    Black velvet Elvis

    A little attitude goes a long way at The Hard Rock Cafe

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