Anthony Bourdain’s “A Cook’s Tour” Featuring the “Triangle of BBQ”

Monk: Before “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown”, Anthony Bourdain’s first food travelogue show was “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network. In the second season, he visited Texas, Kansas City, and NC – which he refers to as “the barbecue triangle” – and explored barbecue culture for what may have been his first time (at least on recorded camera). The NC section (starts at 15:29) visits with Ed Mitchell at his old joint in Wilson to explore eastern NC whole hog barbecue, one of his first barbecue loves.

Description: BBQ is the classic American food that’s featured in Kansas City, Houston, and North Carolina. The #1 food writer and television presenter in the world, and star of Travel Channel and CNN, Anthony Bourdain reinvented the food travel genre. In his groundbreaking first television series, Bourdain travels around the world indulging his taste for local cuisine and eccentric characters. You never know what he’ll say, who he will meet, or what they will have for dinner.

Friday Find: John Tanner Has a Delicious Retirement Hobby

Monk: John Tanner has broken into the medium of podcasts having recently joined the AdventuRetired podcast to discuss his barbecue hobby. Definitely worth a listen if you’re as big a fan of John’s barbecue blogging as we are.

Description: John Tanner has a delicious retirement hobby! One so amazing that you just might find Curt hitching a ride to Washington D.C. just to sample it! John Tanner is THE expert of BBQ.  This episode tells how he plans each BBQ trip and how BBQ differs everywhere he travels.  This retired law professor/attorney  has what it takes to be an expert at his craft.  What is better than some savory BBQ and tasty sides while visiting new BBQ joints all over the United States? Not much if you as us!  Hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did…and honey get the car started…I’m hungry!

Friday Find: How Pitmaster Arnis Robbins Built One of the Best BBQ Spots in West Texas

Monk: The latest from Eater’s Smoke Point visits the up and coming Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque in Wolfforth outside of Lubbock. In this video, pitmaster Arnis Robbins walks us through his team’s process for brisket trimming, hatch chile roasting, sausage making, and rib cooking.

Description: Just outside Lubbock, Texas, Arnis Robbins serves some of the best barbecue in the state at Evie Mae’s, with dishes like pork ribs, green chile cheese sausage, brisket, and more.

Friday Find: Kansas City’s Best Pitmasters Gather for Party in the Pit

Monk: Friend of the blog Ryan Cooper from The Smoke Sheet co-hosted the inaugural Party in the Pit (alongside Chef Terra Whipple of Chef J BBQ), which recently brought together folks from the barbecue community to celebrate Kansas City barbecue. A full write-up was featured in this week’s Smoke Sheet newsletter.

Description: Jordan Turner captured this video of the inaugural Party in the Pit, which brought together the BBQ community in a celebration of Kansas City BBQ. The exclusive event highlighted barbecue from 18 of the city’s top pitmasters, who shared a variety of delicious dishes with attendees, while Bull Creek Distillery served their award-winning spirits. That evening, local artist Philip Bergantine created a portrait of Henry Perry, the father of Kansas City BBQ, which was presented to Perry’s granddaughter Bernetta McKindra. The event was organized by Terra Whipple of Chef J BBQ and The Smoke Sheet’s Ryan Cooper.