In this Episode I sit down with Phil Martin of Black Cat Barbecue in Beverly Hills California.  I was pumped to  visit Phil at his popup at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market earlier this year.  I didn't know what to expect since my connection with Beverly Hills had only been through Hollywood, you know that Scene with Julia Roberts walking down Rodeo Drive, all the fancy stores, restaurants and Cool Cars.  I was comforted to see that Phil was slinging some Damn good Barbecue.  We chat about how he got started in  and how he feeds some famous patrons, including a famous chef and restauranteur.  He cooks everything from scratch and puts his heart and soul into everything he prepares.  We met at a crowded restaurant so apologize in advance for the loud background.  We had a blast recording this interview and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  This is Black Cat Barbecue.

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Music Credit: Audionautix- Dirt Road Traveler

In this Episode I sit down with Robert Sierra and Bryan Gonzales of SS PIT CREW. This Competition BBQ Team has been traveling and winning competitions around the state for many years. Robert Sierra founded the team in the early 2000’s and since then he’s become one of the most recognized faces in Barbecue. Bryan joined the team a few years later & they’ve been a team ever since. On their off time you can find them at festivals, events & supporting BBQ joints all over the state!! Special thanks to Michael & Asenette Hernandez at Hays’s County BBQ for allowing us to record our interview at their beautiful Restaurant! I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did!

 

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Robert Sierra on Instagram: @sspitcrew

Bryan Gonzales on Instagram @Brythebbqguy

 

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Music Credit: Audionautix- Dirt Road Traveler

In this Episode I sit down with Robert Jacob Lerma, one of the top Barbecue Photographers in the Country.  Robert has traveled the world with Legendary pit masters,  he's also visited the most Obscure joints in small town America & everything in between.  Although he has an extremely busy schedule which requires a great deal of travel with his photography, it's actually not his primary employment!  I met this Family Man & Father of 3 at his house in Bee Cave Texas Outside of Austin where we sat in his back yard with a nice bottle of Whiskey and Cigars.  His rags to riches story is very inspirational, I hope you enjoy it.

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Music Credit: Audionautix- Dirt Road Traveler

Unfortunately this was an April Fools Joke :)

Breaking News

I’m sitting with Robert Jacob Lerna who just inked a deal with some big Austin investors to open his very own BBQ joint! The concept of the joint is like no other. It will simply be named RJL Barbecue and will be located in Bee Cave Texas outside of Austin. The Saturday only joint will feature alternating pit masters from across the country. You can expect names like Sam Jones, Bryan Furman, Aaron Franklin, Rodney Scott, Andrew Munoz, Matt Horn, Leonard Botello IV, walter jetton among others. The restaurant is slated to open later this year! Stay tuned for next weeks episode to hear my full blown interview with Robert Jacob Lerna. Until then, Happy Crushing!!!

Ep8 - Smokefest 2

In this episode I walk you through Smokefest 2, an event organized by Dustin Bartz of Bartz BBQ. Smokefest2 was held at LA Aleworks in Hawthorne and it featured 4 of the top Popups in SoCal including Meathead BBQ, The Barbacoa Boyz, Kelly’s BBQ & of course Bartz BBQ. The menus were insanely packed with signature dishes and sides which included Wagyu & Prime Briskets, made from scratch sausages & delicious sides, beef ribs, pork ribs & there was even a donut truck for your sweet tooth! I interviewed the pit masters the fans the critics, the bloggers and even a Texas BBQ JOINT named The 512 Experience that will be opening soon in Las Vegas. It had been a rainy couple of weeks and it definitely sprinkled throughout the day but the BBQ Fanatics still came out in full force.  I hope you enjoy the show, this is Smokefest2!

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 Music Credit: Audionautix - Dirt Road Traveler

In this Episode, I sit down with Drew Brahs and Bryant Stephens of Harper Barbecue.  These guys are based in Orange County and they're quietly  putting out some of the baddest BBQ Pit's around.  They make backyard models, large covered commercial trailers and pretty much anything your imagination can come up with.  I didn't realize there were country folk in California until I sat down with these fellas who are all about hunting and fishing & their office had all the equipment to prove it!  It was a chilly morning and I was shivering until we hit an open bottle of Makers mark that warmed us right up.  With the Country Music playing in the background they proceeded to tell me how they started their operation and how they have big plans to open a down right Central Texas BBQ joint in Costa Mesa.  I had the pleasure of visiting the sight and get a visual of what's to come.  You're not going to want to miss this episode, and if you live in SoCal you'll want to stay tuned.  This is Harper Barbecue.

 

@harperbarbecue

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Music Credit: Audionautix- Dirt Road Traveler

In this Episode I sit down with Danny and Brenda Castillo of Heritage Barbecue in Orange County.  They are probably the most underrated BBQ Joint in California.  Although they bring the long lines and sell out every time they cook, they're not as recognized as some of the other big names.  This doesn't hold them back from putting out some of the Best Barbecue in the State!  Danny is an artist at heart and he immerses himself in his work.  He is passionate and is always looking for ways to improve and innovate.  Brenda aides in the preparation and creativity of the dishes at times but her main role is to maintain the operational side of the house.  She believes and supports her husband to no end and together they are doing some amazing things.  This is only the beginning for them!!  Oh and btw, please listen to the very end, I added an outtake that will make you literally laugh out loud :)   I hope you enjoy the show, this is Heritage Barbecue!

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Music Credit: Audionautix - Dirt Road Traveler

 

 

In this Episode I interview Andrew and Michelle Munoz of Moos Craft Barbecue in East LA. Moo's is one of the Premier Central Texas Style Barbecue Joints in the State of California.  They began slinging Barbecue in early 2017 and in a short period of time they've been able to create a tremendous following growing their Instagram to over 20K followers and consistently selling out.  They've been featured on Man Fire Food with Roger Mooking, Eater LA, most recently Food and Wine and many other articles. Their love of BBQ stemmed from trips to Texas, where they've been to research and gather valuable knowledge from some of the top Pitmasters in the state.  We met over some Huge Burritos in a historic East LA Restaurant, El Tepeyac, located in Boyle Heights.  I apologize for the Dishes clattering, I guarantee you will learn some things about them that you didn't know before!  I hope you enjoy the show, this is Moo's Craft Barbecue.

 

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Music Credit: Audionautix - Dirt Road Traveler

 

 

E4 Bartz Barbecue

In this Episode I Interview Dustin Bartz of Bartz Barbecue. Bartz is a one man show based in the South Bay of Southern California.  He was inspired to cook Texas Barbecue, when he moved to Austin for a short while in the early 2000's.  He's a very passionate and talented individual that pushes himself to extremes, sometimes having up to 5 events in one week! He uses the highest quality meats and is one of the few that smokes all of his meats onsite.  He makes his own sausages from scratch along with all of the tasty sides.  I have to add, he makes one hell of a burger too!!  He helped organize the 2nd Annual Smokefest which will be held at La Ale Works starting at Noon on March 2nd.  Smokefest will host 5 of the Top BBQ Popups in SoCal.  Among them will be A's BBQ, Kelly's BBQ, Meathead BBQ, The Barbacoa Boyz and of course Bartz.  If you're in the area you can not miss this event!  I hope you enjoy the Show!!

 

 

 

 

Music Credit: Audionautix - Dirt Road Traveller

Ep3 Ragtop Fern

In this Episode I interview someone you may not have heard of outside of California.  He is truly one of the Pioneers of the Southern California Underground BBQ Scene.  Fernando Carrillo, better known as Ragtop Fern,  is Born and Raised in Historic Filipino-town in Los Angeles.  For years, He's been serving up some Amazing Barbecue from his doorstep in his beloved neighborhood.  Although he's been featured on a few articles, has had opportunities and offers to grow his business, he chooses to stay small and fly under the Radar.  This Low-Rider enthusiast and longtime UPS driver is as humble as they come.  In car terms, he's the equivalent of the Classic Car in the Garage that only gets taken out on Weekends or Special Occasions and he's not interested in making it a daily driver.  This is the story of Ragtop Fern, I hope you enjoy the Show!

 

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