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5 Great BBQ Joint Pictures

Here are five BBQ joint pics to entice you to visit one in your neighborhood this weekend:

Photo of Lockhart Smokehouse – Dallas, TX

Photo of Nancy’s Bar-B-Q – Sarasota, FL

Van’s Pig Stands – Oklahoma

Photo of Sweet Checks Q via

Photo of Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew – Austin, TX

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Phil’s BBQ – San Diego – Photos

Here are some initial photos from my visit to all three Phil’s BBQ (Pt. Loma, San Marcos, and Santee locations two weeks ago. Official write up to follow.

Gus’s BBQ – South Pasadena, CA – Photos

Here are some photos from my recent visit to Gus’s BBQ in South Pasadena, CA. Note I ordered the brisket without sauce as they generally cover with their signature sauce.

You can find Gus’s BBQ here:

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Lockhart Smokehouse – Dallas, Texas – Photos

Dallas is slowly starting to get some quality BBQ joints. One of them is Lockhart Smokehouse. Here’s their story:

Jill Grobowsky Bergus grew up steeped in the legacy of great BBQ. Her grandfather, Edgar “Papa” Schmidt ran the legendary Kreuz Market from the time he purchased it from the Kreuz family in 1948 until he passed it onto his sons in the 1980′s. Jill’s newlywed years in New York introduced her to the joys of cooking, as well as, eating at some of the nation’s finest restaurants. The family lore of BBQ became a frequent topic among ex-Texans in New York. She and her husband, Jeff, plotted ways to get home to Texas.

Fast-forward several years, and they are fulfilling one of their wildest dreams. Deciding the DFW Area needed a good Central Texas style BBQ place, kismet and Jack Daniels brought them Pitmaster Tim McLaughlin. His amazing culinary skills and expertise have crafted the vision from the start. And with the help of Kreuz Market, Lockhart Smokehouse is bringing the amazing smells and flavors that people have loved in Lockhart for over 100 years to the Dallas area.

Here are photos to back up the above. Enjoy.

Photo courtesy of Nicholas McWhirter

Photo courtesy of Full Custom Gospel BBQ

Photo courtesy of Nicholas McWhirter

Have you been here before? What are your thoughts?

Check out Lockhart Smokehouse yourself here:

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Podnah’s Pit – Portland, Oregon – Photos

When you’re thinking about great BBQ you don’t instantly think Pacific Northwest, but Rodney Muirhead has been proving that supposition wrong since late 2006 at his famous joint Podnah’s Pit nestled in Portland, Oregon. Here’s the scoop, “By the time Rodney Muirhead opened Podnah’s in late 2006, he’d already been smoking Texas style barbecue in Portland for almost 4 years. He started his barbecue career as one half of L.O.W. BBQ–the somewhat itinerant fellas who had pit-on-trailer and did travel. Rodney and his partner sold L.O.W, and Rodney went to work in some other fine local restaurants, all the while dreaming of opening his own place. Rodney realized that dream in the summer of 2006 when he found a partner and a space for what would become his new barbecue restaurant. To honor his Texas roots, he named it “Podnah’s Pit” after his grandfather’s nickname–”podnah” being Texan for partner.” Here are some photos showing some of the incredible BBQ being served at this must stop establishment.

Photo courtesy of Pigskin Pursuit

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Photo courtesy of Neighborhood Notes

Photo courtesy of James Boo – Serious Eats

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Have you been to Podnah’s Pit? What are your thoughts?

Check it out for yourself here:

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Smoque BBQ – Chicago, Illinois – Photos

It’s no mystery that the number of BBQ joints across this country is growing, especially in the larger cities. Chicago is no exception. One of the bright spots in this BBQ renaissance from Chicago is Smoque BBQ which has been putting out quality BBQ for over 6 years now. Barry Sorkin leads the charge, but there’s a strong well oiled machine putting out brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, chicken, and Mikeska sausage. Here are some photos of their ‘cue to show you what to expect upon visiting.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Chow

Photo courtesy of James Boo – Serious Eats

Photo courtesy of Full Custom Gospel BBQ

Photo courtesy of Zagat

Photo courtesy of Kevin Pang – Chicago Tribune

Have you been to Smoque? What are your thoughts and favorite meats?

You can find it here:

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Mable’s Smokehouse and Banquet Hall – Brooklyn, NY –

One of my stops on my upcoming trip to New York has to be Maples Smokehouse and Banquet Hall in Brooklyn. Jeff Lutonsky and Meghan Love are great folks and from THIS REVIEW by you realize they are putting something special together. Here are some pics of Maples Smokehouse for you to enjoy:

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Have you been to Mable’s? What’s your favorite item on the menu?

Live Oak Barbecue – Austin, Texas – Photos

I really do think I need to stop by Live Oak Barbecue in Austin again. The one time I did visit it was at the end of the day when almost everything was sold out. Here are five pics of their BBQ for your enjoyment:

Beef Rib

House Made Jaegerwurst with Dusseldorf-style Mustard and Sauerkraut

Lamb Steaks

Pork Loin

Pork Belly

You can visit Live Oak Barbecue yourself here:

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5 Great BBQ Joint Pics – New York Edition

I wanted to highlight some BBQ joints from New York for this week’s set of pictures and knew that there was only one place I could go to find great photos from unique BBQ joints. That place is If you’re into BBQ and you’re on the east coast (or traveling there in the near future) you have to make Gary’s site a once a week minimum visit. He’s extremely knowledgeable, has honest and thorough reviews, and is passionate about BBQ.

All 5 photos below are via

Fatty ‘Cue – Brooklyn

Butcher Bar – Queens

Mables Smokehouse – Williamsburg

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – NYC

Wildwood Barbeque – New York

Have you been to any of these? Any of these your favorite? If not, which spot is your favorite New York BBQ hang out?

4 Great BBQ Joint Pics – Texas Edition

Since Texas has the most BBQ joints within it’s boundaries in America, I figured it would be fitting to have (4) pics representing the state (many, many BBQ joints are not pictured below so expect further editions). Enjoy.

Photo of Lockhart Smokehouse – Dallas

Photo of Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew – Austin

Photo of City Market – Luling via Man Up: Tales of Texas BBQ

Photo of Black’s Barbecue – Lockhart

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