All We Can Eat: Smoke Signals


Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012

Aaron Franklin’s barbecue tutorial

A Smoke Signals interview with the famous Austin pitmaster gets to the intent of his YouTube videos.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012

The road to the White House is paved with BBQ joints

If Obama or Romney wants to win the presidential race, one of them will need to eat his way to victory.

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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 09/18/2012

American Chef Corps needs true keepers of the flame

If the State Department really wants to promote America with its Chef Corps, it should include some pitmasters.

By Jim Shahin  |  03:35 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Epic to mix barbecue with a high-end steakhouse

Two former Palm employees hope to go “above and beyond” the traditional barbecue joint with their new place.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Where to go ‘whole hog’ (or not) in North Carolina

Smoke Signals talks to the experts on where to get the best barbecue in North Carolina, whether eastern or western style.

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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Operation BBQ Relief on ground in Louisiana

The relief organization is firing up its smokers to feed those impacted by Hurricane Isaac.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Tips on how not to be a BBQ Rufus in North Carolina

If Obama wants to win North Carolina, John Shelton Reed suggests avoiding barbecue.

By Jim Shahin  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/21/2012

Tampa takes a democratic approach to BBQ

The city that will host the GOP convention doesn’t adopt a partisan approach to smoked meats.

By Jim Shahin  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012

A brisket smokes in Brooklyn

New York-based street food guru Daniel Delaney has become a student of central Texas barbecue.

By Jim Shahin  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/07/2012

Steven Raichlen offers tips for backyard grillers

In his second interview with the barbecue author, Smoke Signals extracts a few secrets for better outdoor grilling.

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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Operation BBQ Relief vies for national Classy Award

The organization that assisted Missouri tornado victims hopes the award will help it raise more funds.

By Jim Shahin  |  02:00 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/31/2012

Steven Raichlen: barbecue master, novelist

The best-selling author, Steven Raichlen, who created a barbecue empire gets back to his love.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/24/2012

Lessons on the BBQ trail from a pair of rookies

Smoke Signals takes the barbecue sauce contest winners on a ‘cue tour — and discovers these rookies can really eat.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/17/2012

Pitmaster Rodney Scott says real BBQ is ‘hands-on’

The South Carolina pitmaster chews the fat with Smoke Signals about barbecue, fame and Southern Pride units.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/10/2012

Capital Q to darken its Lone Star on Saturday

The BBQ joint calls it quits, a victim of the Chinatown neighborhood’s growing success.

By Jim Shahin  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/03/2012

A BBQ and baseball freedom celebration

In Kansas City, Pork Barrel BBQ will be represent D.C. during a fundraising barbecue event to support the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

By Jim Shahin  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Unheralded Firefighting team wins Safeway battle

Retired D.C. firefighter Mike Skahill leads his team to an unlikely victory at the annual barbecue battle.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Obama’s visit to Kenny’s BBQ: What does it mean?

Smoke Signals tries to understand why the president visited this tiny joint in Northeast Washington.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Father’s Day gifts for the backyard griller

Smoke Signals suggests five barbecue cookbooks that will keep your father’s fires burning.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/05/2012

‘BBQ Pitmasters’ judges bring out the knives

Myron Mixon and Aaron Franklin trade barbs with Smoke Signals in a preview of what to expect this season.

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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/29/2012

New ‘BBQ Pitmasters’ may smoke previous seasons

The reality program has two new judges, a reformatted competition and a new lease on life.

By Jim Shahin  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Food & Wine’s dumb ‘Best BBQ’ list

Our Smoke Signals columnist has a bone to pick with the magazine over its list of best barbecue joints in America.

By Jim Shahin  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Can you cook onions in a dry pan? Yes, but why?

Tales of the Testers: A reader-submitted barbecue sauce challenges the notion that you need fat or water in a pan to cook onions.

By Tim Carman  |  02:30 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Memphis in May contest returns to its watery home

The granddaddy of barbecue competitions returns to its proper place after floodwaters forced it to higher ground last year.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Smoke Signals: Are you ready to ‘Battle’?

Jim Shahin prepares for the 20th anniversary of Safeway’s Barbecue Battle by posing some important questions.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Smoke Signals: Barbecue’s many faces

As much as purists would like to define it their own way, barbecue is virtually impossible to pin down.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Smoke Signals: Pass the sauce over here

Deadline for the Smoke Signals Barbecue Sauce Recipe Contest is fast approaching. Send yours in now.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Smoke Signals: Reigniting ‘BBQ Pitmasters’

The reality show returns for another season, this time on a new network and with two new judges.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Smoke Signals: Spill your secret sauces

Deadline for the Smoke Signals BBQ Sauce Recipe Contest is May 2. Get yours in now.

By Jim Shahin  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Smoke Signals: Get ‘Naked’ on Saturday

The Go Naked BBQ Show challenges pitmasters to produce superior smoked meats with only wood, time and talent.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Smoke Signals: A Meathead in name only

Craig Goldwyn is no meat head. He’s a guy who writes one of the most science-heavy Web sites on barbecue.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Smoke Signals: Obama’s BBQ debut

The president’s first visit to a local barbecue joint was way out in Clinton. Was the meal really a political play?

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Smoke Signals: Operation BBQ Relief

A few Kansas City barbecuers have created a national non-profit to help feed the victims of natural disasters.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Smoke Signals: The first ribs of spring

The annual traditions of spring include digging into a plate of succulent, smoky meats.

By Jim Shahin  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Smoke Signals: The Oscars of barbecue

Hollywood has its annual Academy Awards. Pitmasters have their annual Awards of Excellence.

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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Smoke Signals: Presidential grilling

Jim Shahin has a revolutionary idea for Presidents’ Day: Make barbecue a centerpiece of the holiday. He explains why.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Smoke Signals: A 3-course affair with your grill

Don’t have dinner reservations for tonight? Smoke Signals will help you light your Valentine’s fire.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Smoke Signals: Grill to the rescue!

When Stacy Dean remodeled her upper Northwest kitchen, she turned to her Weber for help.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Smoke Signals: Yes, Virginia, there is BBQ in Indy

The Hoosier state may be better known for its sugar cream pies, but a barbecue lover can fare well, too.

By Jim Shahin  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Smoke Signals: Get ready for the carnivorgy

The annual grilled-meats gorging will offer you barbecue eights days a week this year.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Smoke Signals: The future of grilled meats

It’s only getting bigger. Leading barbecue writers offer their opinions on the top trends of 2012.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Smoke Signals: Resolutions, redux

Part II: Some of the biggest names in barbecue offer up their resolutions for 2012.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Smoke Signals: Meaty resolutions

Some of the biggest names in barbecue serve up their New Year’s resolutions.

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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Smoke Signals: The Golden Rib Award

More than a half-dozen barbecue joints opened in the District in 2011. The wizard behind one of them wins our recognition as the most significant figure in the field this year.

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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Smoke Signals: Get your mitts on these BBQ gifts

Looking for a last-minute gift for the grill jockey on your list? Jim Shahin has ideas.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Smoke Signals: Cookbooks, not coal, for Christmas

Got a barbecue fan on your holiday list? Smoke Signals has gift ideas suitable to put under any tree.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Smoke Signals: Taking the Bus back home

As part of the new Uncurbed DC program, the BBQ Bus will take up residence in an M Street rowhouse.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/29/2011

Smoke Signals: Pork Barrel opens today (no, really)

The long-delayed Del Ray barbecue joint is scheduled to start smoking meats as soon as tonight.

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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Smoke Signals: A state (or city) of grace

Jim Shahin has much to be thankful for, if he can ever spit it out.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/15/2011

Mysterious Memphis Barbeque set to open soon

Northern Virginians can look forward to the debut of the mysterious Memphis Barbeque.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/08/2011

Smoke Signals: ’Cue the music

Barbecue and blues have long shared a history of breaking down color barriers.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/01/2011

Smoke Signals: Parking lot cuisine

Joe Cahn is the self-described Commissioner of Tailgating, and he has tips to improve your stadium cooking.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Smoke Signals: Barbecue knows no season

Think you can just walk away from the smoker in the winter? Think again.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Smoke Signals: A booth worthy of its own memorial

Aleck’s Barbecue Heaven helped fuel MLK’s dreams in Atlanta. So where’s the memorial to it?

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Smoke Signals: Perry still taking licks for BBQ comment

Some think the Texas governor isn’t fit for the oval office after his 20-year-old dis of NC ‘cue.

By Jim Shahin  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Smoke Signals: KCBS, a quarter century of ‘cue

Carolyn Wells has seen the barbecue contest calendar expand from summertime to year-round.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/20/2011

Smoke Signals: Texas Monthly editor dishes on barbecue

‘Barbecue in Texas is not just food,” says Jake Silverstein. “It’s a distilled form of culture.”

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Smoke Signals: Schlop talk

Jim Shahin heads into his favorite season of the year with a little summer reminiscing.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Smoke Signals: Grill, interrupted

Texas pitmaster Tom Perini recalls that day, 10 years ago, when terrorism canceled his White House debut.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/30/2011

Smoke Signals: Stay tuned for Season 2

Columnist Jim Shahin can’t avoid the sophomore stump (speech).

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/23/2011

Smoke Signals: Happy birthday to me

What does Shahin want for Smoke Signals’s big day? The gift of your ideas.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/16/2011

Smoke Signals: ‘Best BBQ Restaurant in America’

Jim Shahin sits down with the man behind the best barbecue restaurant in the country.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/09/2011

Smoke Signals: Obama needs to chew the fat

If President Obama wants to connect with the common man, he should visit barbecue restaurants.

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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 08/02/2011

Smoke Signals Extra: Grilled fish lagniappe

Don’t stress about what kind of charcoal you need for smoking fish. It’s all about the wood chunks.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/02/2011

Smoke Signals: Book-learnin’ time

School’s out, but not for those addicted to barbecue. Three cookbooks to further your education.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/26/2011

Smoke Signals: The meat smell of success

Jim Shahin takes the winners of the Smoke Signals barbecue sauce contest to — where else? — BBQ houses.

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Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Smoke Signals: The shell(fish) game

Chef Barton Seaver knows the secret to grilling perfect lobster every time.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/12/2011

Smoke Signals: Canada grills U.S. in BBQ

America had tradition and hubris on its side, but Canada still smoked the Yanks in a July 4 barbecue throwdown.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/05/2011

Smoke Signals: Battle tested

Jim Shahin has some ideas on how to improve the Safeway barbecue battle as it approaches its 20th anniversary.

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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Raise your BBQ IQ with our Facebook chat

Need help this Fourth of July with your backyard barbecue? Turn to the Food section’s experts on Facebook.

By Tim Carman  |  10:08 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Smoke Signals: Pork Barrel puts old guard on notice

Pork Barrel‘s victory at the Safeway battle has locals drooling for the Del Ray restaurant — and competitors quaking.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Smoke Signals: The corporate carnival of ‘cue

The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle is one of the biggest contests around. It just needs a cooler name.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Smoke Signals: Fuel dad’s fire for Father’s Day

Jim Shahin suggests the perfect Father’s Day gifts for the man who isn’t afraid to smoke.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Smoke Signals: Texas raises its ‘cue score

The second annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival goes big this year, right down to the ticket prices.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/31/2011

Barbecue sauce contest, deconstructed

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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Smoke Signals: Do BBQ trophies mean squat?

A reader wants to know if all those ribbons and trophies at a smokehouse mean anything? Jim Shahin says...well, it depends.

By Jim Shahin  |  08:30 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Smoke Signals: With this rib, I thee wed

Columnist Jim Shahin remembers a West Texas barbecue man who brought ribs and love into his life.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Five good reasons to enter the BBQ sauce contest

C’mon, give something of yourself this barbecue season. Give us your famous barbecue sauce recipe.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Enter the Smoke Signals BBQ Sauce Contest

Got a killer barbecue sauce recipe? Enter our inaugural contest for fame and prizes.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Smoke Signals: Jim’s big rig driving school

Thinking about moving up to the big rigs this summer? Jim Shahin can smooth the transition.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Smoke Signals: D.C. is Avenue ‘Cue

You’d think Hill Country, Standard and the relocated Chuck’s Wagon would be enough barbecue for us. You’d think wrong.

By Jim Shahin  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Smoke Signals: Chuck’s Wagon relocates to Md.

Thwarted on H Street NE, Charles Smith revives his barbecue restaurant in Upper Marlboro.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Smoke Signals: Barbecue for life

Hogs for the Cause in New Orleans is more than a barbecue competition. It’s relief for families with sick kids.

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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Smoke Signals Extra: The combo plate

Columnist Jim Shahin wants to help you get your hands dirty with some barbecue-related events.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Smoke Signals: New Standard of barbecue

A former cook at 2 Amys decides to play with fire again at Standard, a new beer garden and barbecue joint.

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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Smoke Signals: Scaling Hill Country

The pros and cons of D.C.’s sprawling new barbecue joint in Penn Quarter

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Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Smoke Signals: TX ‘cue (via NYC) comes to D.C.

D.C. barbecue fiends take note: Hill Country is finally set to open Saturday, March 12.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Smoke Signals: Welcome to the 'year of barbecue'

Jim Shahin takes the temperature of the local scene at the annual meeting of the Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association.

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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 02/01/2011

Smoke Signals Extra: The Super Bowl of barbecue

Smoke Signals columnist Jim Shahin gives you the low-down on the Super Bowl of Barbecue in Dallas.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Smoke Signals: The New Yorkers are coming!

Smoke Signals columnist Jim Shahin gives us the details on two New York-based smokehouses expected to open this year in D.C.

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/11/2011

Smoke Signals: D.C. barbecue preview (WWE-style)

Smoke Signals columnist Jim Shahin looks ahead to the year in D.C. barbecue.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/04/2011

Smoke Signals: The year in barbecue

Smoke Signals columnist, Jim Shahin, reviews the year in barbecue.

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