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Burn it right


Since good Texas-style barbecue is hard to come by in these parts, true smoked-meat aficionados of metro Detroit must abide by the old saying: “If you want something done right, then do it yourself.” In the South, barbecue is a mix of art, religion, and science; but here in the Midwest, people think they’re barbecuing if a few burgers and wieners are thrown on a gas grill. If you do get a hankering to do further experiments with meat, smoke and fire, you’ll find nearly everything you might need at the Goode Company BBQ Store ( located in Houston, Texas. For example, there is a 32-ounce bottle of Rib Rub ($12.99), a stainless-steel spatula that would make “Alice”’s Mel Sharples proud ($11.25) and even a Tejas Combo Barrel Smoker ($995). For those not inclined to get their clothes full of smoke and grimy, black sludge, gift packs are available, including homemade pecan pie in a neat-looking wood box for $25.

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