Daniel Vaughn

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    How Cattleack Barbecue Smokes Its Brisket

    In "Shigging," we ask pitmasters to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once. This week, we're asking Todd David, pitmaster at Cattleack Barbecue, how he smokes his brisket. What is the name o ... More >>

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    September 1, 2014

    These Fried Foods Won the State Fair of Texas' 2014 Big Tex Choice Awards

    The 10th Big Tex Choice Awards were held inside the Tower Building at the State Fair of Texas this year. Unlike in previous years, there was a huge crowd; usually it's just the finalists, the judges, their families, and media, but the State Fair sold tickets to the public to this year's event. For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    I Went to Brisket 101 at The Slow Bone and Learned to Love Meat Even More

    The ice has thawed, Opening Day is weeks away, Pete Delkus' sleeves are no longer controlling the weather (I'm a Finfrock Fangirl anyway), and my allergist just bought a new car. That must mean spring is approaching. In an effort to be a better Texan and rouse a little envy in my neighborhood once ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Meat Fight 2013 Was Dominated by Nick Offerman's 'Stache and So. Much. Meat.

    See our full slideshow from Sunday's Meat Fight right here. Sometime on Saturday I started prepping my wife for her first Meat Fight, the annual barbecue competition organized by our long-time columnist, Alice Laussade, and her husband, Mike. It's more meat than you realize, I cautioned. You don' ... 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

    August 27, 2013

    Please Don't Destroy Uber: A Dallas Party Girl's Plea

    Yesterday was a rough day to be a Dallas apologist. First, word that East Dallas taco haven La Banqueta was stuck between a bit of a rock and a hard place that involves them NOT SERVING TACOS. Then, word spread quickly that the City of Dallas was working to help Uber "comply, operate legally & prote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Your 2013 Dallas Restaurants Bucket List

    Moving is a strange thing. Flashy and exciting visualizations of the road ahead overstimulate, while a library of warm memories prompts longing as you realize you will never have those experiences in the same way again. Sure, you can buy a plane ticket and revisit plenty of them, but those experienc ... 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 24, 2013

    Here's What Not to Pack for Rocklahoma 2013, Which Features Korn and Guns N' Roses

    This weekend the erstwhile comedy team of Cleaver and Falcon will travel north on 35 till they arrive outside of Tulsa for the three-day festival that is Rocklahoma. While preparing for their time spent in a tent and seeing Guns N' Roses, KoRn, Bush, Alice in Chains and Cheap Trick, the two had a di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Odom's Ribs are Worth a Little Risk to Life and Limb, So Just Leave Your Gun at Home

    Odom's BBQ is an interesting site. I really like it. You pull up outside, having driven past the vastly inferior Babb Bros. just a mile down the road (over the bridge of many names), and realize you have gone from the Babbs end of Singleton (nicely landscaped, trees with lights and shit) to just a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Foodways Texas, Documenting The Culture of Texas Food, Hosts Suds and Smoke at DEBC Monday

    If you ever lay awake at night and ponder barbecue joints, or if you plot weekends based on slices of smoky brisket and spicy sausage, then you should definitely meet Foodways Texas. You could be a match made in meat heaven. Foodways Texas is a group of chefs, journalists, scholars or anyone who h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    An Englishman Gets to Know Peggy Sue

    Peggy Sue BBQ is the easiest barbecue restaurant to chant the name of. That is an undeniable fact. Go ahead and try it. I'll wait here. Catchy, isn't it? With an immediate marketing advantage like that, it's a wonder this place is so deserted of a chilly Monday evening. I also see from the frankly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Happy Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day: City of Ate (and Friends) Pick the Best Spots

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day is upon us. Today is the one day you can indulge without guilt, as it is clearly a national holiday that should be celebrated. Because America. See also: - 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 54: CFS At All Good Cafe - Peace, Love and Chicken-Fried Steak D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    The Universal Food Shame Scale

    Damn. Eating that freezer burrito made you feel like an awful human being. But, exactly how awful? Wish there was a way to know exactly how much shame you should feel when you eat a horrible, awful food? Wish. Effing. Granted. Above is our very helpful, very scientific Universal Food Shame Scale: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    100 Holidays Ranked By Deliciousness

    Known: Thanksgiving is one of the best food holidays ever. So, where do the other 99 holidays we could think of rank? We're so glad you asked. 1. Day After Thanksgiving: All the food, none of the family. Plus you get Leftovers Sandwiches. Choose to deny that this is the best food holiday of all foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival Was Pretty Cool, I Guess

    Why is this sign not made of barbecue?​The city of Austin's clothing smelled like delicious, delicious barbecue all the live long day on Sunday. The 2nd Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival was stinking up that town something awesome. And if you weren't there to sample brisket, ribs and sausage from ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 28, 2011
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    February 3, 2011
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    February 2, 2011

    Dude Food First Look: Lockhart Smokehouse

    Noah W. Bailey​A few dozen Oak Cliff residents and barbecue addicts braved the frozen streets and frigid temperatures to enjoy opening day this morning at Lockhart Smokehouse, the highly awaited new 'cue joint in the Bishop Arts District. As of 1 p.m., the place was out of meat, but luckily Dude F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Hungry on DART's Green Line? Here's a Big Honkin' List That Might Help

    ​It took four years and $1.8 million to complete the longest light-rail construction project in U.S. history -- says DART -- but a little more than one month since DART's Green Line opened, it's been for all intents and purposes a success. While the full line was officially opened on December ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    For Local Food Bloggers, It's A Holiday Wrap

    ​Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's is the triathlon of Where To Eat for food blogs. Bloggers have every cuisine covered, from salty duck to eggnog ice cream. On the upside, this should be the last round of Where to Eats until February. Between lists, post-Christmas foodies are reviewing 2 ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain Liked Our BBQ-Gate,
    For Some Reason

    ​It's a fair bet there's not too much overlap between Anthony Bourdain and Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Leslie Brenner's lists of what they liked best in 2010. According to a recent feature story, Brenner this year thrilled to grilled mussels and escargot fritters. Bourdain enjoyed t ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Dallas Isn't a Barbecue Town (Ready, Aim, Fire...)

    ​City of Ate readers earlier this week didn't take kindly to my saying that "barbecue isn't very good in Dallas," suggesting my assertion must mean I'm an agoraphobic Californian. Wrong on both counts, but their ire brings up an interesting question: What constitutes a barbecue town? Do a few ... More >>