Parade magazine has a barbecue issue coming out this weekend because, you know … BARBECUE RULES YOUR FACE! The cover boy? Austin’s Franklin Barbecue. They also interviewed restaurant critics around the country about great local places. I was asked to participate, but apparently forgot to respond via email. Maybe it’s for the best … my answer likely would have been rejected … a three-way tie between John Mueller Meat Co., la Barbecue and Franklin Barbecue.

A few others named: Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta, Saw’s Soul Kitchen in Birmingham, Ala., Bobbee O’s BBQ in Charlotte, Lillie’s Q in Chicago, Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas and Corkscrew BBQ in Houston.