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Eli’s BBQ – Cincinnati, Ohio – New BBQ Joint

Ever since Eli’s BBQ opened in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 20th, I’ve been getting emails from readers saying I should check it out. Since my travels have not led me to Ohio, I’m glad Eli Samuel Johnson from City Beat has been able to visit to give us a review.

Photo Of Eli’s BBQ by Cameron Knight

Johnson writes owner “Elias “Eli” Leisring, who has been barbecuing for three years, now has a finely tuned barbeque recipe, one that he says has been compared to a Memphis-style sauce, that is being dished out with a fantastic choice of homemade sides and alternatives to the original pulled pork sandwich, such as rib tips and a hickory smoked turkey sandwich.”

He continues with his thoughts. “When it comes down to brass tacks, Eli’s is all about the food. The original pulled pork sandwich ($5) is the result of 18-20 hours of smoking and absolutely worth the wait. Served on a charred honey bun, smothered in Eli’s BBQ sauce and coleslaw, at your discretion of course, the sandwich is the standout on the menu. For an extra three bucks more, you can add two sides. The macaroni and cheese is rich and creamy, packed with love (and butter) while the jalapeno cornbread is as country as it gets: spicy, hearty and full”

Read the entire review HERE

Have you been to Eli’s yet? What are your thoughts? Your favorite dishes?

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How to get into Franklin Barbecue – Austin, Texas

The line at Franklin Barbecue is almost as mythical among BBQ circles as the BBQ being put out by Aaron Franklin. I didn’t get a chance to wait three hours for brisket, pulled pork, or sausage, but Eater Austin sat down with Mr. Franklin to get the scoop on the what day and times to show up and how to potentially order ahead.

Photo of line at Franklin Barbecue courtesy of Man Up: Tales of Texas BBQ

You can check it out HERE

Photo of Franklin Barbecue courtesy of Man Up: Tales of Texas BBQ

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5 Great BBQ Joint Pics

Here are 5 great BBQ Joint pics to whet your BBQ appetite.

Bar-B-Q King – Charlotte NC via Marie, Lets Eat!

Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor, TX via Man Up: Tales of Texas BBQ

Baby Blues BBQ – Venice, CA via Bun Boy EATS LA

Smoque – Chicago, IL via Full Custom Gospel BBQ

The BBQ Shack – Paola, KS via Pigging out and about

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Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – BBQ Joints Featured – Video

You’ve got to hand it to Guy Fieri. Not many people could parlay winning The Next Food Network Star into a budding empire. Just head over to his online store and you’ll be amazed at what he’s selling. The choice that really made Guy Fieri the powerhouse that he is, is the show Diner’s Drive-ins, and Dives. This highlighted his ability to interact with restauranteurs and put their restaurant ahead of himself. What’s most interesting is that he’s touched a nerve with all food lovers (from young to old) who get hooked by the show (and subsequent re-runs of this show), then they make the proverbial trip to try what Guy has gushed over.

Owner Rick Schoenberger of The Shack BBQ in Paola, KS with Guy (business jumped 3-5 times after being featured on the show)

Since I’m a sucker for anything on TV about BBQ Joints, I’ve always been excited when he featured one. I knew he had visited a good number, but didn’t realize he had featured 34 different BBQ joints. Below are links (and video) for ALL of the shows that included BBQ Joints in the order they aired.

Check them out below if you want to get hungry:

Bar-B-Q King – Charlotte, NC

Baby Blues BBQ – Venice, CA


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Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas Bar-B-Que- Van Nuys, CA – Photos from Visit

I am going to write up a review of my new visit to Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas Bar-B-Que in Van Nuys, California (haven’t been here in over 15 years), but wanted to post some photos to get reader’s reaction. What are your thoughts on the brisket and sausage in the photos below? Have you been here before?

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Rancho Nipomo BBQ – Nipomo, CA

Our Bakersfield correspondent sent us a photo from his meal a few days ago at Rancho Nipomo BBQ in Nipomo, California. It’s their BBQ pulled pork sandwich:

He said the meal was ‘awesome’, but haven’t received a blow by blow review nor have I been myself. Have you been? What are your thoughts?

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Southern Soul Barbeque Opening 2nd Location

I have good and bad BBQ joint news from a source close to Southern Soul Barbeque. The legendary Georgia Pig BBQ is closing down after some 30+ years as the current owners have decided to retire and relax after a great run (that’s the bad news).

The good news is Southern Soul Barbeque of St. Simons Island, Georgia is taking over operations at the I-95 south Georgia landmark and are in the process of preparing for a grand opening/relaunch by April. Officially it will operate as Southern Soul Barbeque so folks can expect the high quality hardwood smoked meats, Brunswick stew, and dedication to BBQ tradition SSBBQ is known for.

You can see their new location HERE. As I get more details from the guys at Southern Soul I’ll pass them along immediately.

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Rodeo Austin – BBQ Auction and Dance – Saturday March 3

This is a little 11th hour (due to my lagging putting up a post), but there is a Dinner/Dance/Auction tomorrow (Saturday) March 3rd at the Travis County Exposition Center, Banquet Hall.

The dinner / dance will be having both a silent and a live auction. It is for Rodeo Austin and the BBQ Cookoff Committee is the largest group. Last year they raised well over $ 350,000.00 towards both the general scholarship fund as well as to the BBQ Buyer’s Group (the BG purchases animals from the kids that raise them for the Stock Show portion of the rodeo).

The prize package is amazing. The winning bidder will receive:

Complete copy / edition of Texas Monthly, cover autographed by Aaron Franklin & John Mueller.

Franklin BBQ:
1 lb of brisket
1 lb of pork ribs
1 lb of pulled pork
1 lb of sausage
1 lb of turkey
~ No LINE / No WAIT service ~ (must call in order 2 days in advance; for “no line”, the user must take the order to go & not eat onsite or risk a riot)

John Mueller BBQ:
1 whole brisket
1 slab beef ribs
1 whole link sausage
1 lb turkey

~ No LINE / No WAIT service ~ (must call in order 2 days in advance; for
“no line”, the user must take the order to go & not eat onsite, however since the line isn’t always as bad @ JMBBQ, this might not be quite as bad to wait in line in comparison to Franklin).

The link to purchase a ticket for the BBQ Dinner / Dance / Auction event is HERE

To make a bid, someone would need to either be there or to make any other “offsite” arrangements, however per my source, “this ain’t Sotheyby’s” so logistics on offsite bids may be difficult.

This year’s musical act is Rick Trevino and there’s a BBQ Cookoff. Unlike the cookoff that goes on for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, theirs does not require a ticket, you just to get on the Q location/site (just donate a few bucks at every tent that catches your attention & eat up!).

Here’s some additional info:
The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo works year round to raise funds for the Scholarship Program. Since the start of the program in 1981,the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo has awardedmore than $5 million in college scholarships. The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo partners with Texas colleges and universities as well as 4-H and FFA Foundations to provide scholarships for deserving Texas students. As one of Central Texas’ largest non-profit providers,the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo presented more than $440,000 in college scholarships to 46 students in 2011.

Scholarship Quick Facts:
* Scholarships range in value from $2,500 to $16,000, averaging $9,400 per student
* Recipients come from all walks of life and may pursue any degree plan at a Texas college or university
* Most people think the scholarship recipients come from rural or agricultural areas, however 83% of
recipients actually come from urban or suburban backgrounds
* Currently, 122 scholarship-awarded students are enrolled in 54 different majors at 15 Texas colleges or universities
* 49% of scholarship recipients come from a household income of $50,000 or less

Sounds very cool. Can’t wait to find out who won and how it was.

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