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Evan Kleiman and Jonathan Gold report from Austin where they interview the city's best chefs including Aaron Franklin, Paul Qui and Jesse Griffiths. We examine the re-urbanization of Texas BBQ with Texas Monthly BBQ Editor Daniel Vaughn. Plus, Jonathan Gold takes us on a Central Texas BBQ crawl where we meet 79-year-old pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz. 

Photo courtesy Franklin BBQ

Surviving the Wait at Franklin Barbecue 10 MIN, 25 SEC

Aaron Franklin and his wife, Stacy, own Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Texas Monthly voted Franklin's the best barbecue in Texas and customers routinely wait in line for three hours to get a taste of his famous brisket.

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto will be on shelves later this Spring.

MUSIC: “Barbecue Any Old Time” by Brownie McGhee

Franklin Barbecue

Aaron Franklin

Paul Qui, from Top Chef to King of Austin's Food Scene 8 MIN, 45 SEC

Tom Colicchio described Paul Qui as the most talented chef to ever compete on the Bravo hit TV series Top Chef. Qui won Season 9 and has gone on to open several popular restaurants in Austin including Qui and East Side King. He just announced his plan to open an intimate 12-seat restaurant in Austin later this year.

MUSIC: “Right Place at the Wrong Time” by Dr. John

Meet Tootsie Tomanetz of Snow's BBQ 4 MIN, 58 SEC

We visit Snow's BBQ in Lexington where pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz and her business partner, Kerry Bexley, are serving some of the best barbecue in the state. 

MUSIC: “Cattle Call” by Eddy Arnold, “La Grange” by ZZ Top, “Lowdown in the Street” and "Just Got Back from Baby's”

Jonathan Gold's BBQ Roadtrip Through Central Texas 13 MIN, 18 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he takes us on the road to taste some of the best barbecue in Central Texas.

From Snow's BBQ, he takes us to the picturesque Smitty's Market in Lexington and ended the trip in Luling where City Market draws big crowds. See photos of our trip on the Good Food blog.

MUSIC: “Texas Flood” by Stevie Ray Vaughn

Daniel Vaughn, Keeper of the Final Word on Texas BBQ 8 MIN

Daniel Vaughn is the barbecue editor for Texas Monthly. The magazine's list of the 50 best barbecue joints in Texas is considered the bible for barbecue lovers. We sit down over brisket tacos at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ and discuss the changing face of Texas's signature cuisine.

MUSIC: “Blues for the Barbecue” by Count Bassie Big Band

Beyond BBQ, Creating a True "Texas Cuisine" at Dai Due 10 MIN, 11 SEC

Jesse Griffiths is the chef and owner of Dai Due in Austin, Texas. His menu includes only local Texas products, from trapped game to Texas wine. As a history buff, he's investigating the history and terroir of Texas through his menu at Dai Due.

Griffiths is also the author of Afield: A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish. You can listen to his 2012 interview with Evan Kleiman here.

MUSIC: “Last Date” by Floyd Cramer


Jesse Griffiths

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