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BBQ Video – Memphis in May – Gnarly Head Wine

Since I’ve been hanging out with the good people of Gnarly Head Wine, it’s fun to see some video of their first stop on their Rippin’ Ribs Tour 2011 which wonderfully is at the Memphis in May Champion Barbecue Competition this weekend. The video shows the ribs being presented from (4) rib cooks who are fighting for a chance to be on the first ever Gnarly Head BBQ Team and a chance at five grand.

BBQ Fest: One “Gnarly” Competition:

What do you think of the (4) rib recipes presented? What’s your favorite way to bbq ribs?

The next stop for the Rippin’ Ribs Tour is the Food Lion SpeedStreet in Charlotte, NC on May 28th, 2011

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BBQ Video – Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor, Texas

I’m a sucker for first hand video shot for a BBQ joint. Of course my goal is to visit every BBQ joint in the country (and Canada), but since I haven’t been to every one yet, I have to live vicariously through videos. Here’s one of the iconic Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas courtesy of BootsOnTheGroundTX.

What do you think? I’d say if you haven’t been there you feel like you sort of have now.

Photo of Louie Mueller Barbecue courtesy of LeAnn Mueller Photography

Have you been? What are your thoughts of your overall experience at Louie Mueller Barbecue?

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BBQ Video – 17th Street Bar and Grill – Murphysboro, IL

I found this great video of Kevin Pang’s (The Chicago Tribune) behind the scenes visit to one of the mecca’s of BBQ, 17th Street Bar and Grill in Murphysboro, Illinois where he gets a short personal tour (which of course means eating some baby back ribs) by “The Legend” Mike Mills himself. Man do I want to visit here soon. Please enjoy:

Photo of Mike Mills – 17th Street Bar & Grill

If you have the time, check out the (12) other videos on Kevin and Keith’s BBQ Road Trip. Also, would love to know if you’ve been to 17th Street Bar & Grill and what your thoughts were.

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BBQ Video – Daisy May’s BBQ – Beef Ribs – New York, NY

There aren’t that many videos online of Daisy May’s BBQ in New York, but here’s one that I’ve gone to time and time again because, well, it just looks so incredibly delicious. This is a clip from Michael Symon’s (Lola Bistro, Roast Detroit, B Spot Burgers, Lolita Restaurant, and Iron Chef America fame) visit to Daisy May’s in search of their dinosaur sized beef ribs for the show Best Thing I Ever Ate.

For those that don’t know, Daisy May’s BBQ is owned by Adam Perry Lang. Here’s a link to their restaurant menu. Here’s a little more info on him from my book review a while back.

Photo of Daisy May’s BBQ ribs courtesy of
Have you been to Daisy May’s BBQ? Have you had the beef ribs?

Check out Daisy May’s BBQ yourself here:

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BBQ Video – Meyer Elgin’s Smokehouse – Elgin, TX

Meyer Elgin’s Smokehouse in Elgin, Texas has been a featured player in the BBQ joint world since they opened in the late seventies. They are primarily known for their sausage, but from the reviews I’ve recently read, they serve up some really good BBQ as well.

To me, what makes a great BBQ joint video, is one that gives you the look and feel of the joint with a nice dash of local flavor. This one, from WeAreAustin, has all of that.

If this made you hungry enough to want them to ship you some sausage and/or barbecue you can here

Photo of Meyer Elgin’s Sausage courtesy of

Have you been to Meyer Elgin’s before? How did you like it? What’s your favorite sausage?

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BBQ Video – Texas Barbecue Tour

If you haven’t had a chance to sample Texas BBQ first hand, here some video from ManicAmerican chronicling their tour which included visits to Snow’s BBQ, Black’s Barbecue, Old School BBQ & Grill, Iron Works Barbecue, and Smitty’s Market. There are some moments of youthful craziness between BBQ joint visits that I recommend fast forwarding through for the good stuff.

Photo of Snow’s BBQ courtesy of Full Custom Gospel BBQ

I know it’s not Oscar award winning quality, but it does give you a nice inside and outside view of these iconic Texas BBQ joints. Have you been to any of these? Do you agree with the reactions and commentary in the video?

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BBQ Video – Pork Shoppe / Smokey Bears BBQ House – Chicago, IL

There has been a ton of buzz around the recently opened Pork Shoppe in Chicago, Illinois, so I was happy to find this video from WGNtv by Marcus Leshock where he covers Pork Shoppe and another Chicago newbie Smokey Bears BBQ House. Here it is (I’d go full screen to get the real feel of these BBQ joints):

Photo of Pork Shoppe pastrami courtesy of – Steve Z.

Photo of Smokey Bears BBQ House courtesy of – polster

Have you been to Pork Shoppe or Smokey Bears BBQ House? What are your thoughts and would you be back again? Did you get a chance to try the smoked pork belly pastrami?

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BBQ Video – North Carolina Barbecue Trail – Volume II

I posted a video (volume one) last week from USA Today on the North Carolina Barbecue Trail. You can see that here. Below is part two which features B’s Barbecue in Greenville, Grady’s Barbecue in Dudley, Skylight Inn in Ayden, and Lexington BBQ #1 in Lexington.

These are must stops on my next trip to North Carolina. Have you been to any of these? Which one is your favorite? Which one most exemplifies Carolina barbecue?

Photo of Lexington BBQ #1 courtesy of BBQ Iluminati

Again, you can see all the barbecue joints in North Carolina here

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BBQ Video – Franklin Barbecue – Austin, TX – Texas Monthly

If you’re interested in seeing Aaron Franklin from Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas philosophy for preparing and smoking their brisket you should check out this video from Texas Monthly.

This was produced by Pamela Hastings

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

Franklin Barbecue moved recently to a new location. If you want to visit here’s a map:

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BBQ Video – Allen & Son Bar-B-Que – Chapel Hill, NC

Allen & Son Bar-B-Que in Chapel Hills, North Carolina is hands down one of the best bbq joints in the country. A little while back I posted a blog piece featuring Kevin Pang from the Chicago Tribune interviewing owner Keith Allen. If you missed it, you can see that again here.

Photo of Allen & Son Bar-B-Que courtesy of James Boo – Serious Eats

Well here is another great video of this iconic bbq joint from Claudia Rupcich and Souiki Mehdaoui entitled “The Pit Master: A Look at Chapel Hill’s favorite BBQ” which again features Mr. Allen, but features a little more behind the scenes that I think you’ll really love.

‘The Pit Master’: A look at Chapel Hill’s favorite BBQ from reesenews on Vimeo.

You can see the video and entire story here. Have you been to Allen & Sons Bar-B-Que? Do you feel it’s the best bbq in the country? In North Carolina?

Check out Allen & Son Bar-B-Que here:

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