The Barbecue Triangle

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Every nook and cranny of Texas has, and tirelessly boasts about, its own style of barbecue. Yet in one section just east of Austin, there is a “triangle” that turns out some of the very best. On this meat-crazed adventure, we learn the long history of regional (and yes, racial and ethnic) barbecue, the secrets of “low and slow,” and discover the pleasures of Lockhart (declared the state’s barbecue capital by the Legislature), Taylor and Elgin. Landmarks abound, with stops for talks and tastings: from Black’s and Smitty’s to Rudy Mikeska’s – the original of a Czech family dynasty – to Southside Market. Don’t wear any clothes you don’t want to get smoked up.

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