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How to smoke brisket, the Texas crutch way

How to smoke brisket, the Texas crutch way

Outside of competition barbecue circles, try telling people that you're going to crutch brisket, and then look at their faces. Blank stares. Even folks at the near-frantic heights of food obsession don't know about this. But the assault on barbecue, implied by the name, turns out to be practiced by 90 percent of pitmasters in competition. "The name itself surfaced in the competition circuit," said Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor for Texas Monthly and author of "The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue." In this gospel of Texas barbecue, Vaughn is chief taster and barbecue oracle, taking you along on his epic road trip in search of the...

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