Author Archives: J.C. Reid

2013 Boudin Cook-Off in Lafayette, Louisiana

2013 Boudin Cook-Off in Lafayette, LA. Click above for larger image, then scroll left-right to see it all. One of the very nicest things about living in Houston is that you can jump in the car, drive a few hours … Continue reading

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Clarence Pierson is Back

Houston Pitmaster Clarence Pierson More than two years ago, when Clarence Pierson closed his celebrated Acres Homes barbecue joint due to health reasons, he promised that someday he’d re-open. There have been several false starts over the years – mainly … Continue reading

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Traditional fried crabs at Benno’s “There’s just nothing coming up out of the water,” explained Tracy Deltz, owner of Benno’s in Galveston, when I asked why he’s had trouble keeping crabs on the menu this summer. It’s a refrain I’ve … Continue reading

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Meatopia & Sipping from the Spring at Broken Arrow Ranch

Meatopia TX “What’s one piece of advice you’d give about hosting a meat-centric festival in Texas?,” I imagine someone asking me. “Just don’t schedule it on the same day as the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival,” I’d reply. As someone with … Continue reading

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Gary Burns Returns to the Family BBQ Business

Left to right: Steve Burns, Sharon Burns, Tommy Burns, Gary Burns, Ricky Burns, Roy Burns Jr. and Andre Burns. Photo courtesy Burns Original BBQ/Facebook Houston pitmaster Gary Burns has closed his BBQ joint on Antoine and rejoined the family business … Continue reading

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