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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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Wayne Monk and Lexington Barbecue – BBQ Joint Review

With the nights long and the earth warming up around us it’s apparent that it’s finally (and officially) grilling and barbecue season across the nation (and world). I have another great BBQ joint below, but if you’re looking to purchase a grill in the near future (and really who isn’t), you should check out the range of BBQ’s. Now on to the review of one of my all time favorite BBQ joints:

If Arthur Bryant’s BBQ was the first place I learned what real BBQ could be, then Lexington Barbecue was where I was indoctrinated into the cult of BBQ. I was changed forever.

Wonderfully, we have an incredible guest review of Lexington Barbecue by Dave Raymond from Sweet Baby Ray’s. He himself has two BBQ Joints in Wood Dale and Elk Grove Village, Illinois. It’s a bit longer than most of our reviews, but once you’ve read it, you’ll realize not only the passion Dave has for BBQ, but also what a great establishment Wayne Monk has created.

Photo courtesy of Mukur H. – Yelp

We went to meet Wayne Monk and of course eat his Lexington Barbecue. The group was Duce, my nephew and business/competition barbecue partner, Ron Nunes, our friend and competition barbecue partner, and my brother Larry, who is the chef who created Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce (and Duces’s father).

Photo Courtesy of John B. – Yelp

I had read in Mike and Amy Mills’ book Peace, Love, And Barbecue as well as John T. Edge’s Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover’s Companion to the South how great Lexington Barbecue was as well as seeing Wayne, his family, and his operation on the Food Network. We sell regional barbecue at our place and I am always interested in learning more about bbq, meeting bbq folks, and of course eating barbecue with my friends.

Photo courtesy of Buffetbuster via

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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.

Virginia Willis – My Favorite BBQ Joints – Volume 34

I don’t know what’s harder for me to fathom. The fact that I’ve been corresponding back and forth with THE Virginia Willis for a couple of months or that she actually agreed to participate in one of my favorite features on my site, “My Favorite BBQ Joints“?

Virginia Willis is a food icon. Truly. To pin her down to just one hat would be a sin, so know that she is all at once a chef, food writer, spokesperson, and extremely prolific blogger. She also is a culinary TV producer, a professional recipe developer, and social media food authority. “Her legion of fans love her knack for giving classic French dishes a down-home Southern feel and re-imagining homey Southern favorites en Française.” She’s definitely an authority of food (more specifically Southern Food), but what makes me proud is her devotion to BBQ.

Here are Virginia Willis’ favorite BBQ joints in her words:

Current Faves:
Heirloom BBQ – Atlanta, GA
Smoky wonderful goodness. Located in the other half of a convenience store, this BBQ spot has exploded onto the ATL dining scene. It’s a perfect mash-up of hillbilly and haute cuisine. Both of the owners, a husband-wife team, have fine-dining backgrounds. Jiyeon is a trained pastry chef and Korean, so there are also Korean influences that are surprising and wonderful. It’s not fusion in the train-wreck sort of way. It’s works. The Korean Sweet Potatoes are absolutely addictive.

Photo courtesy of Becky Stein – Special

Fox Bros – Atlanta, GA
It’s the best place for Texas style BBQ in Atlanta. They like to call it “Texas with a Southern influence.” The meats are smoked over hickory and it’s nice to see the smoke when you pull up in the parking lot. They’ve got really good vegetables, and use only seasonal and local farmers. I’ve taken out of town guests here and met with great success. It’s the place for brisket in Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Pang & Keith Claxton – BBQ Road Trip ’10

Fat Matts Rib Shack – Atlanta, GA
This is where I take the uninitiated for real Southern style BBQ. They’ve got meaty, thick, rich Brunswick Stew, one of my favorites. It’s thick enough to hold a spoon straight up. This is the close as it gets in Atlanta for a real BBQ “joint”. The collard greens are tender and suspended in smoky, salty pot likker.

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Community Q – Decatur, GA
Dave Roberts, the former chef de cuisine under Gunter Seeger now is a pit master. His attention to detail is awesome. Homemade, amazing food. No gallons of pre made corn-syrup fake smoke sauce will be found here. The pulled pork is sweet pink and smoky. He sells local seasonal vegetables out front and it’s truly a local, community place.

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Check out Virginia’s blog HERE

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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Mighty Quinns Barbeque – New York, NY – New BBQ Joint

Looks we have a new BBQ joint in New York. Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque opened in the East Village on December 19th. Haven’t heard any reports from my contacts in New York yet about the BBQ, but would love to know how it is.

Per their website, “Our barbeque is familiar and still unlike any barbeque you have ever had. We pay homage to the many great pit masters who have gone before us and put our own kiss on every meal we serve. The approach is simple: source the best quality ingredients we can and donʼt fuss with them too much. We cook our barbeque the old school way with plenty of wood and time, adding just the right amount of salt and spice to let that lovely marriage of process and product evolve into something transcendent. You will find yourself making strange noises while eating our food…”

Photo courtesy of Time Out New York

Have you been here yet? We’d love an early field report.

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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

Photo courtesy of Pigskin Pursuit

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

It really is a travesty that I haven’t been to Allen & Son Bar-B-Q and I do make it my mission to visit in 2013. If you haven’t been to this BBQ bucket list destination, here are some photos to whet your appetite until you do head out to Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Benyi

Photo courtesy of Kevin Pang’s BBQ Road Trip ’10

Photo courtesy of Chapel Hill Journal

Photo of Allen and Sons Bar-B-Que courtesy of James Boo – Serious Eats

Photo courtesy of Kevin Pang’s BBQ Road Trip ’10

See Kevin Pang’s interview with Keith Allen HERE

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

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