BBQ Photographers - Interviews with McSpadden, Lerma, and Goodman

When I started this interview journey I knew that I wanted to cover as many types of jobs in the BBQ and food world that I could(and still do). My hope was to give people the opportunity to learn about how people were able to go from one specific field(generally not food related at all) to something that they were really passionate about. If someone was on the edge of making that jump, but still hesitant, perhaps they could possibly use these interviews as a guide or foundation for making it happen.

When it came to photography I knew that I wanted to talk to three specific people: Wyatt McSpadden, Robert Jacob Lerma, and Ken Goodman. Although all three are completely different in regards to specific subject manner, they all are able to capture the heart of what BBQ really is and have the unique ability to tell a larger story with just a single image. I still cannot believe that each of them was able to take the time to share their stories, insight, and passion with me. It truly was an honor.

Here are the interviews(I have links to both the YouTube and Podcast versions if they exist). You’ll also want to be sure to follow all of them on social media to enrich your feed and inspire yourself daily.

Wyatt McSpadden

Robert Jacob Lerma

Hear the podcast version of Robert’s interview HERE

Ken Goodman

Hear the podcast version of Ken’s interview HERE

Los Angeles BBQ Pop-Ups - Weekend of February 8th

Abe Delgado and I are tracking the weekend BBQ pop-ups in and around Los Angeles so that we all don’t miss out on the chance to go to any of these. We hope this is a tool that you can use to keep track of the growing number of pop-ups dotting the Los Angeles landscape(we have added a few outside of Los Angeles for those doing weekend California road trips).

If you see that we are missing one, PLEASE feel free to CONTACT US via social media or this website so we can add.

Be sure to check out Abe’s 1st episode of his new I Crush Barbecue Show with The Shed Market in Abeliene, Texas here.

List brought to you be Abe Delgado Eats and Kevin’s BBQ Joints

A’s BBQ - Los Angeles - @as_bbq on IG - No events scheduled - Next Event Saturday March 2nd at Smokefest 2 Los Angeles BBQ Festival at LA Ale Works

Barbacoa Boyz - Los Angeles - @thebarbacoaboyz on IG - No events scheduled - Next Pop up on Saturday March 2nd at Smokefest 2 Los Angeles BBQ Festival at LA Ale Works

Bartz Barbecue - Los Angeles - @bartz.barbecue on IG - Sunday Feb 10th - LA Ale Works  1pm - Sold Out - Also see them Saturday March 2nd at Smokefest 2 Los Angeles BBQ Festival at LA Ale Works

Black Cat BBQ - Los Angeles - @blackcatbbqla on IG - Sunday February 10th from 9-1 at the Beverly Hills Farmer's Market - (note they are leaving the Westwood Farmers Market - Catch them every Thursday (starting Feb 14th) at the Century City Farmers Market from 10am-2pm

Califas BBQ - San Gabriel Valley - @Califas_BBQ on IG - No event scheduled - next Late February

Foundry Barbecue - Orange County - @foundrybarbecue on IG - No events scheduled - DM for private orders

Gogi Craft - Los Angeles - @gogicraftla on IG - Monday through Friday  - Smoked Chicken for Salads - Next pop-up Saturday February 9th - House Root Labs

Hayseed BBQ - Los Angeles - @hayseedbbq on IG - No events scheduled

Herc’s Barbecue - Los Angeles - @hercsbbq on IG - No events scheduled

Heritage Barbecue - Orange County - @heritagebarbecue on IG - Sunday Feb 10th  @gunwhaleales - 1pm until Sold Out - Early Arrival suggested

Holliday’s Barbeque - San Diego - @hollidays_barbeque on IG - Saturday Feb 9th -  PreOrders Close Thursday at Midnight, DM for Details & Location

Horn Barbecue - Oakland - @hornbarbecue on IG - Thursday Feb 7th - Harmonic Brewing with Wayne Mueller from Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas

Kelly’s Barbecue - Los Angeles - @kellysbbqla on IG - No events scheduled this weekend - Next scheduled pop up on Saturday March 2nd at Smokefest 2 Los Angeles BBQ Festival at LA Ale Works

Meathead BBQ - Los Angeles - @meatheadbbqla on IG - No events scheduled this weekend - Next Pop up on Saturday March 2nd at Smokefest 2 Los Angeles BBQ Festival at LA Ale Works

Moo’s Craft Barbecue - Los Angeles - @mooscraftbarbecue on IG - Sunday’s 10-4pm @smorgasburgla

Neighbor Tim's BBQ and Catering - Santa Barbara - @neighbortimsbbq on IG - BBQ FoodTruck - Every Sat. 12PM -3:00PM - @captainfattys

Ragtop Fern’s BBQ - Los Angeles -  @ragtopfernsbbq on IG - Saturday January 26th - DM to place order

Republic Craft Barbecue - Los Angeles - @republicue_ on IG - next pop-up scheduled for February 17th

Smokey Jones BBQ - Culver City - @smokeyjonesbbq on IG - Sunday February 10th - Usually do Bi-Monthly - Underground, DM for Info and Orders

The Offset BBQ - Orange County - @theoffsetbbq on IG - No pop-up scheduled

Ugly Drum - Los Angeles - @uglydrum on IG - Sunday’s 10-4pm @smorgasburgla

Los Angeles BBQ Pop-Ups - Weekend of January 25th

Abe Delgado and I are tracking the weekend BBQ pop-ups in and around Los Angeles so that we all don’t miss out on the chance to go to any of these. We hope this is a tool that you can use to keep track of the growing number of pop-ups dotting the Los Angeles landscape(we have added a few outside of Los Angeles for those doing weekend California road trips).

If you see that we are missing one, PLEASE feel free to CONTACT US via social media or this website so we can add.

The Sloppy Moo from   Moo’s Craft Barbecue

The Sloppy Moo from Moo’s Craft Barbecue

List brought to you be Abe Delgado Eats and Kevin’s BBQ Joints

A’s BBQ - Los Angeles - @as_bbq on IG - No events scheduled

Barbacoa Boyz - Los Angeles - @thebarbacoaboyz on IG - Next Pop up on Sunday March 3rd at Smokefest 2 Los Angeles BBQ Festival at LA Ale Works

Bartz Barbecue - Los Angeles - @bartz.barbecue on IG - Friday Jan. 25th - Smog City Brewery & Taproom 3-9PM / Saturday Jan. 26th - El Segundo Brewing Co - 2PM -7PM

Black Cat BBQ - Los Angeles - @blackcatbbqla on IG - Sunday from 9-1 at the Beverly Hills Farmer's Market - (note they are also Every Thurs. Westwood Village Farmers Market every Thursday from 12PM to 6PM)

Califas BBQ - San Gabriel Valley - @Califas_BBQ on IG - Next pop-up Late February

Foundry Barbecue - Orange County - @foundrybarbecue on IG - Looks for 1-2 pop-ups in February

Gogi Craft - Los Angeles - @gogicraftla on IG - Starting up again Saturday Feb. 2nd at House Root Labs

Hayseed BBQ - Los Angeles - @hayseedbbq on IG - No pop-up scheduled - DM for Super Bowl Orders

Herc’s Barbecue - Los Angeles - @hercsbbq on IG - Sunday January 27th - Underground so DM for address and orders

Heritage Barbecue - Orange County - @heritagebarbecue on IG - Sunday January 27th @brueryterreux

Holliday’s Barbeque - San Diego - @hollidays_barbeque on IG - Next pop-up early Feb.

Horn Barbecue - Oakland - @hornbarbecue on IG - No scheduled

Kelly’s Barbecue - Los Angeles - @kellysbbqla on IG - Starts up again in early 2019

Meathead BBQ - Los Angeles - @meatheadbbqla on IG - Sunday Jan. 27th - Santa Monica Brew Works from 12:30-9:30

Moo’s Craft Barbecue - Los Angeles - @mooscraftbarbecue on IG - Sunday’s 10-4pm @smorgasburgla

Neighbor Tim's BBQ and Catering - Santa Barbara - @neighbortimsbbq on IG - BBQ FoodTruck - Every Sat. 12PM -3:00PM - @captainfattys

Ragtop Fern’s BBQ - Los Angeles -  @ragtopfernsbbq on IG - Saturday January 26th - DM to place order

Republic Craft Barbecue - Los Angeles - @republicue_ on IG - next pop-up scheduled for February 17th

Smokey Jones BBQ - Culver City - @smokeyjonesbbq on IG - No events this weekend, Usually do Bi-Monthly - Underground, DM for Info

The Offset BBQ - Orange County - @theoffsetbbq on IG - No pop-up scheduled

Ugly Drum - Los Angeles - @uglydrum on IG - Sunday’s 10-4pm @smorgasburgla

Los Angeles BBQ Pop-Ups - Weekend of January 19th

Now that we are well into 2019 Abe Delgado and I wanted to start tracking the weekend BBQ pop-ups in and around Los Angeles so that we wouldn’t miss any. In doing so, we thought it would also be a great tool for others to plan ahead so they could visit one or more of the growing number of pop-ups dotting the Los Angeles landscape(we have added a few outside of Los Angeles for those doing weekend California road trips).

If you see that we are missing one, please feel free to contact us via social media or this website so we can add.

List brought to you be Abe Delgado Eats and Kevin’s BBQ Joints

Photo of pastrami beef rib from   Bartz Barbecue

Photo of pastrami beef rib from Bartz Barbecue

A’s BBQ - Los Angeles - @as_bbq on IG - Saturday January 19th @indiebrewco - Starts serving at 1PM

Barbacoa Boyz - Los Angeles - @thebarbacoaboyz on IG - Next Pop up on Sunday March 3rd at Smokefest 2 Los Angeles BBQ Festival at LA Ale Works

Bartz Barbecue - Los Angeles - @bartz.barbecue on IG - Saturday January 19th - El Segundo Brewing - Starts at 1PM AND Sunday January 20th at LA Ale Works starting at Noon

Black Cat BBQ - Los Angeles - @blackcatbbqla on IG - Sunday from 9-1 at the Beverly Hills Farmer's Market

Foundry Barbecue - Orange County - @foundrybarbecue on IG - No pop-ups scheduled

Gogi Craft - Los Angeles - @gogicraftla on IG - Starting up again February 2nd

Hayseed BBQ - Los Angeles - @hayseedbbq on IG - DM for weekend orders

Herc’s Barbecue - Los Angeles - @hercsbbq on IG - Starts up again Sunday 1/27

Heritage Barbecue - Orange County - @heritagebarbecue on IG - Next pop-up Sunday January 27th @brueryterreux

Holliday’s Barbeque - San Diego - @hollidays_barbeque on IG - Saturday January 19th - DM to place order and find pick up location

Horn Barbecue - Oakland - @hornbarbecue on IG - Saturday January 19th @bhb_hammertime - 2PM - 5PM

Kelly’s Barbecue - Los Angeles - @kellysbbqla on IG - Starts up again in early 2019

Meathead BBQ - Los Angeles - @meatheadbbqla on IG - Next pop-up 1/27 - Santa Monica Brew Works from 12:30-9:30

Moo’s Craft Barbecue - Los Angeles - @mooscraftbarbecue on IG - Sunday’s 10-4pm @smorgasburgla

Ragtop Fern’s BBQ - Los Angeles -  @ragtopfernsbbq on IG - Saturday January 19th - DM to place order

Republic Craft Barbecue - Los Angeles - @republicue_ on IG - No pop-up scheduled

The Offset BBQ - Orange County - @theoffsetbbq on IG - No pop-up scheduled

Ugly Drum - Los Angeles - @uglydrum on IG - Sunday’s 10-4pm @smorgasburgla


OnCue and Whole Hog Extravaganza - 17th Street BBQ - Murphysboro, IL



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There’s a special 2 day event that happens three times a year in Murphysboro, Illinois that’s put on by two of the best people in the BBQ world; Amy and Mike Mills of 17th Street Barbecue. I’ve wanted to go for years, not only for the incredible knowledge I’d gain from it, but for the relationships within the BBQ and food world that I would build.

Every January they put on the Whole Hog Extravaganza/Brisket Bonanza/BBQ MBA Seminar (this year is the 7th annual and scheduled to take place on January 15th and 16th). In late March/early April they put on a Business of Barbecue seminar and in late March/early April. Catering Master Class late October/early November. Catering Master Class.

The price for the Whole Hog class is $ 1,050.00 and the other two classes are $ 950.00 each. You may think that is a lot of money(some may not), but what you’ll get back from the experience is immeasurable. I’ve interviewed numerous people that have gone to one or more of these and they talk of still being close friends with fellow students as well as speakers. Interestingly, from it’s inception, they have had students from 45 states and 16 countries(over 1,000 people).

Currently the online registration system is not up(it will be soon), so if you are interested you should email Amy directly here. Note that they classes fill up quickly, so registering soon is imperative if you want to be part of the upcoming January whole hog event.

Here is a link to all of the necessary information.

I recently interviewed Amy about these classes because I was interested in getting more details and sharing that information. You can see it here:

Here is a partial list of some of the great people who’ve attended either as speaker attendee followed by upcoming speakers:

Carey Bringle — Peg Leg Porker - @peglegporker

Will Newman - Edley’s Bar-B-Que - @edleysbbq

Todd David - Cattleack BBQ - @cattleackbbq

Chris Prieto — Prime Barbecue - @primebbq

Linus Kim - Linus’ Bama Style BBQ Korea - @linusbbq

Frank Ostini - The Hitching Post - @hitchingpost2

Lawrence LaPianta - Cherry Street Barbecue  - @cherrystbbq

Greg Meyer — Meyer’s Elgin Sausage - @cuetopia

Jack Goodsell — Turnagain Armpit Barbecue - @turnagainarmpitbbq

Russell Roegels - Roegels Barbecue - @RoegelsBarbecue

Tank Jackson - Holy City Hogs  - @holycityhog

John Lewis - Lewis Barbecue  - @lewisbarbecue

Amy Mills - 17th Street Barbecue  - @17thstreetbbq

Mike Mills - 17th Street Barbecue  - @17thstreetbbq

Michael Ollier - Certified Angus Beef - @tallowbethyname

Barry Sorkin - Smoque Barbecue  - @barrysorkin

Beth Schiff - CHOPPED Casting Director - @choppedcasting

Ken Goodman - Ken Goodman Photography - @kengoodmanphoto

Chris Chamberlain  - Journalist  - @ceeelcee

Kat Kinsman - Journalist & Author - @katkinsman

Aaron Kleidon  - Scratch Brewery - @scratchbeer

RH Weaver  - Brown Water & Cocktail Expert  - @barweaver

John Delpha - Chef & Pitmaster - @john_delpha

Billy Durney - Hometown Bar-B-Que @wdurney

The Switch BBQ - Dripping Springs, Texas - PHOTOS

The good folks behind Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew opened a new location in Dripping Springs, Texas in June 2018 called The Switch. Although they do feature items made popular at the original Austin location, The Switch is putting out a lot of unique, often Cajun-influenced, items. I wanted to offer up photos from their social media and others to showcase the incredible fare.

The Switch BBQ

166 Hargraves Dr. - Suite G100

Dripping Springs, TX 78737

Tuesday thru Thursday - 11AM - 9:30 PM

Friday/Saturday - 11AM - 10:30PM

Sunday - 10AM - 9:30PM(Brunch 10AM - 4PM)

Photo courtesy of  The Smoking Ho

Photo courtesy of The Smoking Ho

Photo courtesy of  Robert Jacob Lerma

Photo courtesy of Robert Jacob Lerma

Brisket, sausage, pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled pork - Photo courtesy of  The Smoking Ho

Brisket, sausage, pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled pork - Photo courtesy of The Smoking Ho

Brisket and Sausage Gumbo

Brisket and Sausage Gumbo

Cheese Grits, Corn Casserole, Potato Salad, Cajun Slaw, Beans, & Cucumber Tomato Salad.

Cheese Grits, Corn Casserole, Potato Salad, Cajun Slaw, Beans, & Cucumber Tomato Salad.

Housemade crawfish, bacon boudin w/Tabasco mash

Housemade crawfish, bacon boudin w/Tabasco mash

Pork ribs.

Pork ribs.

The Pit Room - Photo courtesy of  The Smoking Ho

The Pit Room - Photo courtesy of The Smoking Ho

Sam Jones BBQ - Winterville, North Carolina - Photos

Sam Jones BBQ is a special place for two reasons. Whole hogs and Sam Jones. There aren’t many places across the United States that do a proper whole hog and if they have, they haven’t been doing it as long as Sam Jones and his family.

Sam’s grandfather, the late Pete Jones, opened Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, North Carolina in 1947 cooking whole hogs and serving a basic, yet perfect menu. Sam grew up in and around the business and came to own it in 2006.

He branched out to open his own spot, while still owning Skylight Inn, in 2016. Here are some photos to show you what they are up to. If you’re in North Carolina and don’t visit, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Sam Jones BBQ

715 West Fire Tower Rd.

Winterville, NC 28590

Monday - Saturday - 11AM - 9PM

Sunday - 11AM - 8:30PM

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Photo courtesy of  Denny Culbert

Photo courtesy of Denny Culbert

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Sausage Photos - Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue - Tomball, Texas

Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue in Tomball, Texas puts out some of the most creative house-made sausages(as well as Boudin) in all of Texas. The Chili Relleño(yes, Chili Relleño) and house mild are an everyday sausage, so if you’re itchin’ to try one of the ones below it would be best to check their social media to see which ones they are featuring as a special.

Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue

200 N Elm St, Tomball, TX 77375

Tuesday - Saturday - 11AM - 6PM(or sold out)

Closed Sunday/Monday


Chili Relleño sausage

Chili Relleño sausage

Smoked street corn pork sausage - Charred corn, cojita, ancho, cilantro & lime - all pork house grind.

Smoked street corn pork sausage - Charred corn, cojita, ancho, cilantro & lime - all pork house grind.

Barbacoa boudin - tender smokey  44 Farms  beef cheeks w/cilantro lime rice.

Barbacoa boudin - tender smokey 44 Farms beef cheeks w/cilantro lime rice.

Brisket mushroom swiss sausage

Brisket mushroom swiss sausage

House beef links

House beef links

Brisket & Blues sausage - Blue cheese, red onion, & grape tomato

Brisket & Blues sausage - Blue cheese, red onion, & grape tomato

Sea Brisket Boudin - Lump crab, shrimp, brisket, and saffron rice

Sea Brisket Boudin - Lump crab, shrimp, brisket, and saffron rice

Barbacoa boudin

Barbacoa boudin

Prime Rib at BBQ Joints - Photos

Prime rib is one of my favorite things on the planet to eat. It’s so tender, juicy, and flavorful that when it’s on the menu I at a restaurant I have to order it. If you ever see it on a menu at a BBQ joint I recommend ordering it because generally it’s a special and most often than not they put a particular spin on it that makes it ridiculously delicious.

Here are photos of Prime Rib at BBQ joints. This will be updated often so come back if you want to see if your favorite spot features prime rib.

Jack’s BBQ  - Seattle, WA

Jack’s BBQ - Seattle, WA

Lockhart Smokehouse  - Dallas, Texas

Lockhart Smokehouse - Dallas, Texas

Hoodoo Brown BBQ  - Ridgefield, Connecticut

Hoodoo Brown BBQ - Ridgefield, Connecticut

Southern Soul Barbeque  - St. Simon’s Island, Georgia

Southern Soul Barbeque - St. Simon’s Island, Georgia

Blue Moon BBQ  - Edge, Texas

Blue Moon BBQ - Edge, Texas

Kreuz Market  - Lockhart, Texas courtesy of  The Houston Chronicle

Kreuz Market - Lockhart, Texas courtesy of The Houston Chronicle