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Barbecue: A Texas Love Story (2004)

Texans' passion for barbecue can best be described as love. Travel the Lone Star state for a humorous, yet accurate, look at how almost every aspect of life in Texas ties back to barbecue, ... See full summary »

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Chris Elley
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Dan Rather ... Self
Art Alexakis ... Self
Kinky Friedman Kinky Friedman ... Self
Ray Benson ... Self
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Michael Milner Hoffman Michael Milner Hoffman ... Self
Ann Richards ... Narrator

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Texans' passion for barbecue can best be described as love. Travel the Lone Star state for a humorous, yet accurate, look at how almost every aspect of life in Texas ties back to barbecue, from the identity of small towns to political success, and how the state and its people remain tied to the land. "Barbecue: A Texas Love Story" is an entertaining and humorous journey through the common fabric that weaves Texans together and makes them a never-ending object of fascination around the world. Narrated by Governor Ann Richards and featuring notables such as Dan Rather, Ray Benson, Kinky Friedman, Everclear lead singer Art Alexakis, Liz Carpenter, Chris Layton, the UT Student BBQ Club, plus a plethora of entertaining small town characters. Critics call "Barbecue: A Texas Love Story" an "effervescent documentary," worthy of "four stars." The filmmakers have been featured in dozens of television segments, including Food Network's "BBQ America with Bobby Flay," in "Men's Journal" magazine ... Written by Anonymous

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Good, but perpetuates myth that County Line is any good
21 December 2005 | by BenedictCummerbundVestSee all my reviews

Clearly a great deal of research and work went into this film. They certainly hit all the meccas of barbecue. That said, I do have a few criticisms:

1) The feature runs 46 minutes. They have far more material than that, and thus it's hard to catch everything without rewinding frequently. The film could have run 1:15 and would have been well-paced at that. We're talking BBQ here. It takes time to make and time to eat. So let's ease up on the MTV-style jump cuts.

2) Obviously there's just a ton of great 'cue out there and yes, the tip top best are right around Austin (Llano, Lockhart, Taylor), and yes they went to Houston, DFW and the Big Bend, but I would have liked to have seen some more coverage of east Texas, south Texas, and panhandle 'cue.

3) This is my biggest complaint. County Line is junk barbecue. They should be flogged for the bone-in pork jerky that they call ribs, and their brisket is consistently chewy. They drown their meats in sauce to try and hide what sins they commit, but to little effect.

The staffer from County Line at one point comments that they don't take their pork ribs when they cater off site because they're too messy. Guess what, they're too messy because they have to be soaked in sauce to try and salvage these abominations.

And yet, the documentary insists on perpetuating the myth that County Line actually produces good barbecue. They use it as an example that a chain restaurant can actually produce good barbecue. You know, it's possible that a chain may produce good 'cue, but County Line is NOT an example of that. Nor have I ever heard through a reliable source of such a chain.

I feel bad for anyone who might see this film and be tricked into wasting their time and money going to County Line, when there's so many better 'cue joints within 45 minutes of central Austin.


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