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a consumer's guide to eating a barbecue joints

Smoke & Mirrors: a guide to understanding barbecue restaurants

“Hey, you seem like a pretty OK person, but sometimes you can be a real elitist when it comes to BBQ. What’s up with that?” Oh hey yourself! Thanks for asking. Yeah, I have pretty strong opinions on barbecue. Well see, Texas (and all other smoker...
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Meat University – it’s a real thing!

If you understand anything about college football rivalries, you’ll understand why the photo above is so unusual. It’s not just because I actually published a photo of myself in a hairnet, but rather as a huge University of Texas Longhorns fan, wearing anything A&M...
Old Fashioned with Buffalo Trace

Texas smoked honey Old Fashioned

It’s pretty traditional to celebrate happy occasions in life with a toast. Or at least a couple of drinks. I seems fitting then to create a cocktail to celebrate my new appointment as Australian brand ambassador for Buffalo Trace bourbon and Tito’s Vodka (!!!)....
duck caramel

salted duck fat caramels with vanilla & bourbon

Yeah you read right. Duck fat caramels. Legit meat candy. I was completely inspired by the Olive & Sinclair duck fat caramels which I spotted in my Garden & Gun magazine, yet grossly disadvantaged as they don’t ship to Australia. So I took matters into my own...
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Fond artery-hardening memories of the State Fair of Texas

I finally got to tick another “Texas must do” off my list this year by visiting the State Fair up in Dallas. It’s known for Big Tex (a beloved but incredibly creepy 50 foot talking statue), the Oklahoma Vs Texas Red River Rivalry game...
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The Slaughterhouse Tour

It’s one thing to be a meat lover, it’s another to step up to the plate and see exactly how most of the meat we eat is processed. Actually watching an animal being slaughtered is by no means a pleasant thing, but as a self-titled Hardcore Carnivore I...
Freedmen's brisket from Austin Texas

Are you eating bad BBQ or just being served by bad staff?

Do you know who the most important person in barbecue is? I do. It’s probably not who you think it is, either. It’s not the butcher, or the owner, or even the pitmaster himself. The single most important person responsible for the sink or swim of...
Kansas City barbecue brisket at Oklahoma Joe's

The Kansas City BBQ trip and a great reason to return

Earlier in 2014, I booked myself a one night trip to Kansas City, not knowing a soul there but determined to complete a KCBS judges course. And you know, sometimes things just end up being quite serendipitous indeed. Cut forward to the trip (which after...
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Carnivores Ball Sydney – the photos

A huge thank you to all the Sydneysiders (and those who travelled from a little further out) who joined me for the very first Carnivores Ball to be held in Sydney! I just wanted to share some of the pics from the night which were snapped...
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Carnivores Ball comes to Sydney

NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! It’s taken place in Melbourne (twice!), and it’s take place in Austin (with another to come later this year, sign up here!), but for now I am super pumped to announce that the Carnivores Ball in coming to that fair...