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2008 Texas Hill Country Barbecue Bender

My father attended grad school at the University of Texas in the late ‘60s, long before urban sprawl began encroaching on the surrounding Hill Country. Every spring, my father, brother and I converge on...
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Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que: Memories + Mesquite in Llano

We arrived in “the deer capital of Texas” to find a row of motorcycles parked outside Cooper’s and a line of customers near their impressive mesquite smokers. Seven or eight years ago, we ate...
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Cooper’s Pit Bar-B-Q: Trying to Recapture Taste Bud Bliss

When my friend Ben was moving from San Francisco to New York over Fourth of July weekend in 2003, I joined him in Austin to feast on Central Texas barbecue, the best there is....