Barbecue and Coffee at Miller’s Smokehouse in Belton, Texas

Monk: The Adventures of A+K are a couple who are living the van life but make often make stops at barbecue along the way. You may previously remember them from a couple of stops in the Carolinas in recent years (linked below), and in this video they stop at Miller’s Smokehouse in Belton, TX to try barbecue and a smokey “campfire latte” on the way back to Texas after 10 months on the road.

A Day In The Life of The #1 BBQ In Texas

Monk: YouTuber Alvin Zhou Films spends a day embedded with Goldee’s BBQ in Kennedale, Texas, the #1 barbecue joint in the most recent Texas Monthly Top 50 in this almost 30 minutes video.

Description: Hundreds of pounds of brisket, ribs, sausages, and turkey are smoked at this somewhat hidden spot in Kennedale, Texas. Long lines start piling up 5 hours before the place even opens. People come from all across the country just to try their food, especially their house-baked bread (which is unheard of in Texas). I had the honor of shooting with the team at Goldee’s BBQ, and it was an unforgettable experience (: 2 months of editing later, this might actually be my favorite video I’ve ever made.

Linkdown: 1/18/23 – The Clyde Cooper Anniversary Edition

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North Carolina’s oldest barbecue restaurant will celebrate its 85th anniversary on February 11. That’s right, 85 years! Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue has seemingly been invigorated by the “BBQ Karen” controversy from late last year and will take its newfound energy into its 86th year in existence. A big congrats to them!

Native News

Eater has released an updated restaurant list for the Triangle

A construction update of the Raleigh location of Midwood Smokehouse

Ray Nathan’s recently celebrated their 4th anniversary earlier this month

Meet Cece of Lincolnton’s Bar-B-Q King

Jon G’s has rolled out a separate “Carolina chopped barbecue” service out of their trailer at Barbecue Saturdays in Peachland

Non-Native News

Have you tried the foil boat method?

Hill East Burgers in DC cold smokes their burgers with brisket trimmings for their take on smoked smash burgers

John Lewis’s Rancho Lewis makes the Charleston Hot List from Eater Carolinas

Brett’s Barbecue Shop opened their Katy location this recently and it sure seems the city embraced them

Adrian Miller dropping some Colorado barbecue knowledge

Linkdown: 12/7/22 – The Rodney Scott and Eric Church Joint Venture Edition

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Monk: Country music star (and NC native) Eric Church has shared the first digital renderings of Chief’s, his upcoming venture with Rodney Scott. Not content to have just a honky tonk joint with great whole hog barbecue, the building will also house a studio for live broadcasts (such as Church’s SiriusXM show).

Chief’s will open in downtown Nashville in 2023.

Native News

More pink barbecue merchandise now available at Clyde Cooper’s in Raleigh

A short profile on Buxton Hall Barbecue‘s executive chef Nick

The Cheef will be at Oskar Blues Brevard’s 10th anniversary party this coming weekend serving tacos and sandwiches

Midwood Smokehouse, Mac’s Speed Shop, and Noble Smoke are options in Charlotte to bypass Christmas cooking

Midwood Smokehouse‘s upcoming Raleigh location will be more Tex-Mex

Non-Native News

Hogs for the Cause announces its 2023 lineup

Barbecue historian Joe Haynes has a new barbecue book out, just in time for the holidays

John Turner’s been making the rounds at your favorite places in Texas:

City Market in Luling

Smitty’s Market in Lockhart

Terry Black’s in Austin

Valentina’s in Austin

Pinkerton’s in Houston

And finally, Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que in Brownsville

Defining east vs central Texas barbecue, Open AI chat bot style