We're not the only ones with 'cue on the brain—maybe it has something to do with last weekend's Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.
-Robert Sietsema of The Village Voice rhapsodizes over the five best things he ate at this year's Block Party.
-Serious Eats: New York also deconstructs the Block Party, concluding that the barbecue at this year's event was well worth the lines.
-Meanwhile, some 1600 miles away, Foodways Texas held its 2nd annual Barbecue Summer Camp. Zen BBQ has the recap.
-Zagat asks, "So You Wanna Be a Pitmaster?" and offers lessons from seven senseis of smoke. For even more advice and stories, take a ride on our Southern Barbecue Trail, which offers oral histories with 85 pitmasters and -mistresses and counting.