Monk: One of the most recent exciting trends in barbecue is the fusion of other cultures with (primarily) Texas-style barbecue. The Gravy podcast producer Jess Eng visits Houston to explore the beginnings of this fusion with Khoi Barbecue before heading to San Antonio to meet with Curry Boys BBQ in this latest barbecue-focused entry into their podcast series. Bonus: Khruangbin on the backing track.
Monk: Houston-based Khói Barbecue is a “Viet-Tex” pop-up that melds Vietnamese flavors with Texas barbecue in dishes like brisket pho or beef ribs marinated with kalbi (which is technically Korean) or a Vietnamese bò lá lốt sausage made from brisket trimmings. For more information, check them out on Instagram.
Description: At Khói Barbecue, brothers Don and Theo Nguyen use the Vietnamese ingredients and cooking methods from their childhood to influence their Texas Barbecue pop-ups, creating dishes like brisket pho and smoked chicken rice & yuzukoshō.
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