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Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que – Tyler, TX – Video

I got a chance to meet Nick Pencis, owner/pitmaster from Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que at the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival last September and of course taste some of their tasty pork ribs. I have yet to get out to Tyler (it’s on my must visit in the near future list) to check out his joint first hand, but here’s a little piece that gives you a sense of what it’s like to dine there:

Have you been to Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que yet? What are your thoughts?

Check it out yourself here:

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How to Spiral Cut a Hot Dog via CHOW – BBQ Video

The main focus of this site is real deal BBQ and BBQ joints (not grilling), but here’s something I had to share. I never thought about spiral cutting a hot dog before tossing it on the grill, but it’s definitely something I’m going to try this weekend.

What are your thoughts? Have you spiral cut a hot dog or sausage before cooking it up?

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Smoke City Market’s BBQ Eating Challenge

Here’s a great video showing (4) contestants attempting to complete Smoke City Market’s “Are You Texas Enough” BBQ eating challenge. You have one hour to eat 1/2 lb. Moist Brisket, 1/2 lb. Lean Brisket, 1/2 lb. Pastrami, 1 Beef Rib, 1/2 Chicken, 1/2 lb. Turkey, Full Rack of St. Louis Spare Ribs, 1/2 Beef Sausage Link, 1/2 Beef Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Link, along with a small side of Mac and Pit Beans.

Do you think you can do it? If so, you’ll get your $ 70.00 back along with a t-shirt, a photo on the “Hall of Fame” and 10% for an entire year at their restaurant.

Smoke City Market is located in Sherman Oaks, California. You can follow them on Facebook HERE and twitter HERE. Here’s a map to their location:

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Beef Aficionado – Texas BBQ Trip III – BBQ Video

If it’s not already quite evident, I am a huge fan of beef, more specifically BBQ. Because of this, I feel a kinship for any other souls who are on a quest for great meat across the country (and beyond).

The guys at Beef Aficionado lead by Nick Solares (an NYC based photographer and food writer) went on their 3rd Texas BBQ tour recently and documented it below (thanks to a tweet by @BBQSnob for pointing out the video). Beware as it will make you very, very hungry.

Here are the BBQ Joints featured in the order they appear with links to their locations:
Franklin Barbecue – Austin, TX
JMueller BBQ – Austin, TX
Southside Market & Barbeque – Elgin, TX
Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse – Elgin, TX
Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor, TX
The Taylor Cafe – Taylor, TX
Balderas Grocery & BBQ – Waelder, TX
Gonzales Food Market – Gonzales, TX
City Market – Luling, TX
Kreuz Market – Lockhart, TX
Smitty’s Market – Lockhart, TX
Black’s Barbecue – Lockhart, TX
Snow’s BBQ – Lexington, TX
Zimmerhanzel’s Bar-B-Que – Smithville, TX

Great work guys. Check out the carnivore’s heaven of a blog site that is Beef Aficionado HERE

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Tribeza “Behind the Scenes with Central Texas BBQ Kingpins” – BBQ Video

Here’s a great video from Tribeza entitled “Behind the Scenes with Central Texas BBQ Kingpins” featuring John Mueller of JMueller BBQ, Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Shane Stiles of Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, and Scott Roberts of The Salt Lick. I’d like to make a witty comment or two, but the video pretty much speaks for itself. Enjoy.

What do you think of the video? Have you been to these (4) locations? Which one is your favorite?

The Bear Pit – BBQ Joint – Mission Hills, CA – Commercial

I am planning on revisiting The Bear Pit in Mission Hills, California in a couple of weeks since I haven’t eaten their ‘Missouri Style’ BBQ in about 20 years.

In the mean time I do want to share their high production commercial that is circling the airwaves in Los Angeles quite frequently as of late. I have no idea when it was initially filmed, but it seems to either be trying to be campy or is simply very corny. The kid at the end creeps me out big time for some reason. See it here:

You can see their menu HERE

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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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Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue – BBQ Video

Here’s a great video of Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue in Cave Creek, Arizona by

Photo of Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue courtesy of @hedrives

Have you been here before? What are your thoughts?

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Kreuz Market – Lockhart, TX – BBQ Video

Here’s a video I shot at Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Texas while making my mind up as to what meats to order:

Here’s a still shot I took before shooting:

Have you been to Kreuz Market before? What are your thoughts?

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Smitty’s Market – Massive Wood Pile – Video

I had heard rumors of an enormous wood pile that was stacked with meticulous precision behind Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, Texas, but once I walked out back, it really blew me away. Here is video which really doesn’t do it justice:

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