Your life expectancy just got about 3 years shorter, but who’s counting? Happy birthday! #Repost from @lsolimani This is how to celebrate your bday. #tmbbq @franklinbbq is still the best (2 hour line) #austin #bbq #30lbsofmeat

“How are you not … ,” a pause to size me up, “… four hundred pounds?” 

At least they figure I weigh less than a car engine. Otherwise I might consider the question rude.

Read all about the best job in the world in our BBQ Editor’s new feature story Confessions of a Fat Bastard

Photograph by Darren Braun

If you think you know a thing or two about being hot, go stand next to this fire on a steamy August afternoon. You’re welcome. #myfavetexas #Repost from @jaimiemuehlhausen This is the pit at Smitty’s in Lockhart, TX. The fire has been going for over 100 years. We literally got the last rack of ribs they had after driving 40 minutes to get there. #bbq #smittys #lockhart #ribs (at Texas Monthly Magazine)

Texas Food Pyramid #Repost from @abstractconformity You know, just a Wednesday lunch in Texas eating one of the best in the state. This ain’t no joke. #bbq #texas #ighouston #vscocam #beef #ribs #pork #theworks #igtexas #beer (at Texas Monthly Magazine)

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If you’re in charge of the side dishes this holiday weekend, give ‘em something to remember with our new Vittles recipe for German Potato Salad.

Photograph by Jody Horton

Tickets go on sale July 29th, and they sell out FAST. Don’t sleep. Vegans, you might want to sit this one out. Deets here.

In the Texas 12 Days of Christmas, our true love brought us brisket and all the fixins. Now, nap time. #bbq #franklin #foodporn #balancedbreakfast (at Texas Monthly)

Playing with your food never looked so good. Watch Creative Director TJ Tucker hand paint all the lettering (hand drawn by Jon Contino) for our June cover in BBQ sauce. 

Trust us, the minute we figure out how to develop a true scratch-n-sniff cover, you guys will be the first to know.

June issue drops next week. Start making your guesses at who made the list and get your antacids ready. It’s gonna be a beautiful summer.

#tbt Early sketch of our lovely BBQ sign from the June 2008 cover, which #roadhouserelics built for us. Thanks @angelahclawson for the pic! #bbq #neonsigns #aroundtheoffice (at Texas Monthly)

We’re sorry we’re not sorry about making your 3PM snack attack that much worse. 

Photo by Wyatt McSpadden. Sandwich to end all sandwiches by Aaron Franklin.