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Watch: Here’s a Preview of ‘BBQ Rules’ with Pitmaster Myron Mixon, Premiering Saturday, July 11

Watch: Here’s a Preview of ‘BBQ Rules’ with Pitmaster Myron Mixon, Premiering Saturday, July 11

Take a lesson from the winningest man in barbecue

Legendary pitmaster Myron Mixon will show you why he’s the three-time World Champion.

On Saturday, July 11, Discovery’s Destination America will premiere BBQ Rules, a brand-new show from a familiar face in American barbecue — pitmaster Myron Mixon.

Mixon, whom you have seen on Destination America shows BBQ Pitmasters and Pitwars, will teach you the rules of barbecue alongside his son, Michael.

And trust us, if there’s anyone who can teach you what you need to know about barbecue, it’s Myron Mixon, whose position as the three-time winner of the World Championship Barbecue has earned him the nickname “the winningest man in barbecue.”

We can’t tell you exactly what’s on the menu yet, but there’s at least one thing “that’s so good, it’ll make your tongue slap your brains out.” If, for some strange reason, you’re trying to stick to a diet right now, say goodbye to your self-control.

Watch a promo for BBQ Rules below and tune into Discovery’s Destination America at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11.


Whole Hog Pitmaster Ricky Parker has passed

The Southern Foodways Alliance alerted us to the passing of Whole Hog BBQ legend Ricky Parker.

Mr Parker was taken far too soon from us. At 51 years of age he was still relatively young gentleman. With our country seeing a resurgence in interest and passion for BBQ, there was hope that he would be able to see a revival of a tradition he loved so dearly.

I wrote a bit about Parker HERE concerning his specific style of cooking and his preferred hog breeds.

Parker definitely wasn't a celebrity pitmaster. He wasn't particularly known save for a few foodies and even amongst those, very few understood exactly what he was doing and what he was preserving. When I was in college, my linguistics professor was collector of rare and dying languages. A brilliant man, he noted that we can collect data for future generations to study and make contributions to Linguistic Theory. However, any attempts to preserve dying languages are sadly futile. Regional barbecue styles are like languages. Even in its limitation of expression it can sometimes most clearly describe who we are.

Barbecue has become more popular now than ever before. Television shows, forums, Youtube videos, all point to the fact that people really care. Not only do they care they're opening their wallets for good BBQ. Real BBQ. Parker sadly is no longer with us to see the next chapter. Hopefully he will have inspired the next generation in Western Tennessee to continue the art of whole hog cookery. Express to us the public and to themselves their heritage in the living language of smoke.


Watch: Here’s a Preview of ‘BBQ Rules’ with Pitmaster Myron Mixon, Premiering Saturday, July 11 - Recipes

A Celebrated Pitmaster on His Long Road to Recovery

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BBQ News Roundup: Meat-Cutting Robots and 3D-Printed Steak

Plus: Cananda misunderstands Texas barbecue.

Aaron Franklin Will Be the Next Texan to Join the Barbecue Hall of Fame

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Dining Guide: Highlights From Our April 2020 Issue

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Aaron Franklin on How to Clean Your Smoker

Take care of your pit, and it will take care of you.

Franklin Barbecue Pits Begins Building Its Backyard Smokers

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Your Filthy Barbecue Pit Is Not “Seasoned”

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The Best New Barbecue Books of 2019 So Far

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Aaron Franklin Teaches a MasterClass in Barbecue

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BBQ News Roundup: Pulled Pork’s Rise in Texas, Dickey’s Does Dubai, and Franklin’s Breakfast Tacos

Plus, Texas Tech is to competitive meat judging what Alabama is to college football.

Aaron Franklin: “There’s Always People in a Three-Hour Line Hoping You Fail”

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BBQ News Roundup: Busting Brisket Myths, Obama Loves Texas Barbecue, and New Fort Worth Joints

Plus: the best steak that Aaron Franklin ever ate.

Jordan Mackay on “Franklin Steak,” Favorite Wine Pairings, and Working With Aaron Again

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Well Done! Aaron Franklin Takes on Steak in His New Book

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Take a First Look at Aaron Franklin’s Steak Cookbook

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Aaron Franklin’s Guide to This Year’s Hot Luck

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Much-Anticipated Loro Is Open: This Bite Sums It Up

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Exclusive Look at Loro, Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole’s New Eatery

The long-awaited collaboration between two of the state’s biggest names in food opens April 4. Here’s a sneak peek.

Hot Luck Festival Reveals Lineup

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Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole Join Forces at Loro

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Chatting With Aaron Franklin After the Fire

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Treif No More at Franklin Barbecue

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The TM General Store Is Open!

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How to Slice a Brisket

Friends don't let friends slice with the grain.

BBQ Anatomy 101: The Slaughter

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

BBQ for Christmas

I don't inject anything into the brisket, but usually inject a mixture of apple juice (3 cups), honey (1/2 cup), and whatever spice rub (3 TBSPs) I'm using into the pork butts. Those amounts work well for two pork butts. You would need to adjust the quantities accordingly for less or more meat as desired.

Here's a video of the pictures from the prepping and cooking process if you'd like to see them:


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The World of Little House

The World of Little House. Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson. 1996. 160 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: We know Laura Ingalls Wilder best through her nine Little House books, which tell the story of her life as a pioneer girl.

Premise/plot: This biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder would be perfect for upper elementary or middle schoolers. In some ways it's "just" a biography, but, in other ways it's so much more than that. One thing that I loved about it, for example, is the inclusion of HOUSE PLANS for all the houses Laura Ingalls Wilder lived! That plus the inclusion of crafts and recipes and extension activities really just made me happy.

For any reader who loves the book series or even the television series, this one is a fun and easy-going read.

My thoughts: While I didn't learn anything "new" about Laura Ingalls Wilder, I found it a fun, delightful presentation of what I already knew. The only book that truly was packed with I-didn't-know that information was the recently released PIONEER GIRL. This biography shares an intended audience range of the actual books. So one could go from the series to this biography smoothly. (I can't imagine a fourth or fifth grader picking up PIONEER GIRL and finishing it. Pioneer Girl just has SO MANY footnotes.)

Easy to recommend this one!

Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship

Louise and Andie. The Art of Friendship. Kelly Light. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Art, this is the BEST day ever! I'm so excited to meet our new neighbor. I hope she loves art too.

Premise/plot: Louise and Art are back in a second book! (Though the focus is on Louise and not her adorable, little brother Art!) Louise and Andie, the girl next door, become good friends quickly. But things don't stay wonderful long, soon, these two realize they have artistic differences. Can this friendship be saved?!

My thoughts: Loved this one. I did. I really loved it. It is so important--no matter your age--that you learn how to resolve conflict! I love seeing this friendship endure the stress of a big argument. I love that these two are able to work things out and really come to know and appreciate each other better.

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 10 out of 10


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